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Postby welley » Tue Feb 21, 2006 2:51 pm

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Postby Tabz » Tue Feb 21, 2006 8:37 pm

Awhh.. don't be discouraged. I sucked at progressing at math - mostly because I hated it (though I was good at it).

Have you tried some reward based learning? (i.e. if they improve they get some kind of small reward)

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Postby welley » Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:06 pm

yes I have tried a reward system of which they have yet to recieve. Seriously, we can't get through the first concept. I can only gather that their is a flaw in my teaching.

I don't know what I'm going to do. I've tried talking to my husband and all he says is "I think you can do it". that's it. that's all I get for support.

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Much of early math is drilling and memorization...

Postby Theodore » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:44 am

What is the problem? Do they not understand the concepts? Or do they just not remember the concepts the day after you teach them? Much of early math is drilling and memorization, and the only good way to learn it is to do a lot of it. Every concept needs to be covered daily for several days, then weekly for a while after that, then monthly and so on. Saxon is good at supplying lesson plans of this sort, and for drill you can use Barnum Quartermile, which actually makes math drill fun, and/or Muggins.

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Postby Tabz » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:11 pm

My mother felt very similar to you... I'm sure you can teach (I believe everyone can). I highly recommend Saxon Math, maybe you'd even want to look into MINDsprinting's math program (the link is in my siggy). The nice thing about MINDsprinting is that it custom fits to your child's needs rather than just their grade level.

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Postby Life2me » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:13 pm

Have you tried hands on teaching? I was always so bad in math and now I have a highschooler doing it under my nose as well as a 6th grader and a 3rd grader. I find that with my kids, doing it with their hands helps them to make more sense of it. You can use anything for counters. Elbow macaroni in an old egg carton is our favorite. Or you can contact a curric. company to see what type of things they offer. Try to have a calm heart when you approach the subject. Kids can tell when we are wired. And if they dont get everything the same day, thats fine. The beauty of homeschooling is that you get to work at their pace not some crazy pace set by the curriculum writers or the board of ed to fit the masses. My 10th grader did a year behind of math up until 8th grade and she didnt suffer from it. Now she is doing highschool math at her 10th grade level and she is doing great. Let your kids learn at their own pace. They will level off in the later years. At this early age, dont force them to take in too much "school" or they may learn to hate it. Give them a love of learning along with the information. You will see better results when they are older and when it really counts. I recommend that you find the book, "Homeschooling for Excellence" You will be amazed at how these two parents schooled their four boys at home, while homestedding, and they all went to Harvard. :D

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Postby momo3boys » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:16 pm

My oldest son has a working memory disorder and I was very frustrated with math. Then one day he got it, when I wasn't teaching it! You children are getting it in just move on for a while to another section of math. We go back to subtraction and time all the time because these are hard concepts to understand. But because I can teach them at a pace of my choosing I don't have to finish a topic, I can always go back to it later. It keeps math from getting frustrating. Just keep math around them. Measure the house, count the dishes when you put them away. things like that, they'll get it, just be patient.
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Postby SOPHIE » Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:48 pm

The first thing I can think of concerning the trouble with math is using real money, like coins, to help with concepts. Since money is used every day in math, they may find using coins interesting. Pennies make good counters dealing with single numbers, nickels with counting by fives, dimes by tens and so on.
My girls always enjoyed playing store with real money and it kept their attention. :)

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Postby karenc. » Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:29 am

Have you tried makeing it fun for them. We would take our number cards or flash cards and mix them all up on the floor, then one would pick, if they answered correct they keep the card if not who ever answered gets the card, the one with the most at the end was the winner. Hubby & I also played, that made it even more fun. Also mix all the cards, add, sub, division & multiplication.My kids loved to do this. Also has practice lessons for helping, my kids like useing that site also and it did help. I have been where you are ten years ago and it's not easy to decide but keep at it they will get it, and PRAY it's very improtant, Let God lead the way. Blessing and hope this helps, Karenc.

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Postby birdy » Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:48 pm

Believe it,

Math-U-See is working amazing for us. Mind you, my kids are young, I would hate to have to come in at an older age, but you don't have that concern.

One thing about this program's manipulative's versus anothers, you just have one set of manipulatives. Saxon, apparently, has several different manipulatives. Something to keep in mind.

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Postby MeganWiles » Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:36 pm

You are not a bad teacher, you just may not have hit on the technique that works best for your kids. All kids learn differently. While memorization is a large part of things, hands-on is SO important at that age. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade in a public school and with kids that struggle in math hands-on is a very important step. I've put together an instructional e-course that might give you some tips. It's totally free if your interested. You can get to my site through the link below.
Don't give up. Everyone feels like they aren't making headway sometimes. Get a hold of the state standards for your state and make sure you have covered the the kinder and 1st grade standards and that they really get it. It is possible that that haven't mastered some foundational skills which is making it hard for them to move on.
There is also a national math educators website, can't remember the exact title or URL, but if you send me a message I can find it for you, they may have some helpful information.

You are learning just like your kids. You're not going to be perfect the at everything you teach, at least not the first time. As you expand your knowledge and try new things all of you will improve, no doubt about it.

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Relax! :D

Postby easyhomeschooling » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:24 pm

You have a lot of time to do this! :) Your kids are still young, and an advantage is that they are in the same grade. Perhaps it just isn't the right time for them to learn math! Really there are a lot of years to learn the basic concepts well. You can do... by the way, most of us have felt like you do at one time or another! :wink:
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