Good Morning Mamas and Papas, I’m needing some advice. First, I have to say that math is the one subject my girls beg for everyday, but they just don’t understand. My girls are 13 months apart and are 7 & 8 will be 8 & 9 in the next couple months. We started in MUS Primer 3 years ago. We didn’t even get half way through Primer. They were so confused by the manipulatives and didn’t understand why 8s were not all brown, and all the other numbers weren’t the colors of the blocks. We worked on MUS for 1.5 years and took a break. We then switched to RS Level A, and we have been working at this for almost a year and are on Lesson 47. They are struggling so much and just don’t get correlations at all, and we keep having to stop to repeat areas that they are just not getting. They play the games so much and enjoy them. They love all the manipulatives except the balance and that has throwing them both for a loop. I took them both aside separately when we started with the balance to make sure they figured it out on their own, and it took almost a week for both of them to figure out the clue. My husband who is brilliant in math has tried working with them, and he is as concerned as I am. They are both reading and comprehending very well. My 8 year old picked up Pride and Prejudice the other day and started reading it. She can narrate it beautifully and adds in her own connections. I have looked at right brain learner vs. left brain learner and neither one fits in either category. They did spend the first 2 years of their lives in orphanages which wires the brain so much differently and my 8 year old has PTSD, but that is why I have started at the lowest level to give the best chance at understanding. Help please. Curriculum suggestions, tips, encouragement, really anything right now that is loving. 🙂 I have looked at Developmental Mathematics and wonder if adding that in will help. Thank you! ~April
Developmental Mathematics is worth a shot.
My guess would be to continue with Right Start at the slow pace and lots of games like you have been. Maybe they just need more time to mature.
You could email Right Start and see if they have suggestions. Livingmath.net has a Yahoo group where you could ask questions too.
It is good that they enjoy math.
Have you read “The Right Side of Normal ” by Cindy Gaddis? It may give you some ideas.
Thank Retrofam for your response. I’m glad you dared to say anything. 🙂
I think I will write Right Start and see what they suggest. I will also look at Livingmath.net. I have not heard of it, but am curious. I will find their Yahoo group also and see what they have to offer.
I have not hear of the book, but that is on my list of things to research today.
I love RightStart Math and would start by contacting them. They have a team of experts who can answer almost any question!
If that doesn’t work, I would switch to Saxon Math. It is totally different and may fit their needs better. It moves slowly and repeats concepts so that kids truly master them before moving on.Sarah HimbaughParticipant
Have you read/watched the math book/dvd from Simply Charlotte Mason? It has been an amazing help with my boys, one of whom is a natural mathematician, and the other is definitely not. Whenever we have gotten stuck on concepts in our math curriculum (Life of Fred, which we love) or if it starts going too fast, we take a break and use the methods that Richelle shows in the video. And every time little lightbulbs have gone off in their heads. I was worried they would find it boring because it’s not flashy or exciting, but they LOVE it. I guess because the methods really get them to interact with the numbers and problems.
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