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  • csmamma
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    Hi all!

    I’m hoping you can help me out. As I’ve been observing my 13yo ds math, I’ve noticed that he understands the concepts but has been making simple mistakes with his basic math facts and this throws him off for the entire problem. He’s finishing up Teaching Textbooks 7 and ready to head into Pre-Algebra. I’m a little concerned and think he needs something to strengthen facts. Do you have any suggestions as to how to gracefully communicate this to him without offending? Also, do you have any recommendations (considering his age) to get his facts down strongly & quickly. Thanks for any suggestons!

    Blessings,

    Heather

    Scherger5
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    Hi Heather,

    My 12 year old daughter does the same thing!  I have her use The Quarter Mile Math software a few times per week to keep her facts strong.  We have the software in level 2 and that works for her as well as my 8 year old son.  Somehow a computer game doesn’t feel like work or an insult Wink  I know it may seem pricey, but it gets used a lot in our house and has been “worth its weight in gold” so to speak.  You can check it out here:

    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=757003&item_code=WW&netp_id=274696&event=ESRCN&view=covers

    Heather

    Scherger5
    Participant

    Heather,

    OOPS!  I just noticed we have the K-6 bundle (levels 1 and 2).  This works well if you have younger kiddos too.  They make a Quarter Mile in just level 2 also. http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=757001&event=CF

    Heather

    Karen Smith
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    Heather,

    Does your son consistently make the same mistakes or is it just an occasional slip-up? If he is consistently making the same mistakes he probably didn’t get enough practice when he learned the concept. Understanding the concept and mastering the concept are two very different things, which I learned the hard way with one of my sons. 

    I don’t know of any quick ways to help him learn the facts. Mostly it will take some dedicated work on his part. Sometimes just a heart-to-heart talk about how it will help him in the long run to take time to learn the facts now is the best way to handle it. Plain and simple: If he doesn’t have the basics down, he will be lost in algebra and beyond.

    Another idea if he really knows the facts but just makes mistakes is to make sure that he finds the error in his work on his own. This is an important step in learning math. Tell him which problems are wrong but don’t tell him what is wrong. Only direct him to the error if he can’t find it. By reviewing his own work looking for a mistake it will help him to see where he is making errors and make him more aware of it for future problems. Also, it helps if you have him explain the steps in the problem to you as he is looking for his error. This helps him to slow down and really think about how to solve the problem. Having him find his own errors and explain the problem to you will help you discern if he really doesn’t know the facts or if he is just making careless mistakes. And will help you to target what facts really need work.

    Suzq
    Participant

    Heather,

    Just an FYI — if you are interested in the Quarter Mile math — they do have it at our KDL library so you can check it out there.  We have had it out on occasion and it worked nicely on our computer.

     

     

    csmamma
    Participant

    Heather & Suzq, thanks for the recommedation; I’ll check into it Smile.

    Karen, I can’t thank you enough for helping me to see behind it all. My first reaction is to find a quick fix supplement. But after reading your post and discussing it with dh and ds, we’ve decided to take your suggestions.  Our heart-to-heart went better than expected. My ds feels encouraged to slow down, check his own errors and explain the steps to me as he corrects them. We prayed that God would give us discernment to see where the problem lies. Thank you for the reminder, Karen.

    Blessings, Heather

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