OK, so I got Math U See this year for my kids who struggle with math. My 12 year old just hated it. That's ok; I've found what I think she needs finally. It's my 9 year old I'm worried about. She had been adding facts (still counting, just VERY fast), adding with carrying and subtracting with borrowing for over a year, but we started with Alpha, and it's like she didn't know how to do anything any more!
So I stopped using it, and she still doesn't seem to know anything. She said she likes it though. (And my 8 year old likes it and didn't have much problem.) I thought the "tricks" to help them learn the facts threw them off. My 9 yr old started always putting answers like: 9-5=16 (or maybe 14 sometimes). I think she was trying to use some trick instead of thinking about it.
Anyway, besides figuring out what to do to bring her out of this, I was wondering if maybe using Math U See just showed me that she didn't really understand what she had been doing before (why we carry or borrow). Like I said, when she did facts before, she would just count really fast.
Should I let her do that? She was so happy doing that. It was very impressive actually. You'd never know she was counting. So should I let her count and eventually, she'll have them memorized. Or will that never happen if she doesn't think about it?
My teen did a lot of memorizing, but it was so easy. My 12 yr old never memorized any, and she has problems with that slowing her down even though she knows most of the facts now.
Any help would be great-we're getting desperate!