Domestic Bliss Report

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Our First Roadblock

is in math. What a surprise.
Counting, no problem. Back in June, when we were first trying on homeschooling, we had to put the math book aside as she didn't quite have the fine motor skills to write the numbers. We picked it up again in July or so. Then, we zipped through addition. Reading number sentences, left to right? Zoom! Subtraction, not as easy, but a little coaxing and we're good. A little motion to the minus sign and she corrects herself.
We've spent two weeks on money, though, and we still have bumps. It's just pennies, nickels, and dimes, but if you slap one of each in front of her, she'll tell you, "Three." Not "Sixteen."
I'd just like to say, of all of the things to have trouble with, counting change--while unquestionably basic and necessary--is also the cheapest and easiest to supplement. And the manipulatives certainly are easy to come by!



At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Daisy said...

Wow that already? We didn't do that until first grade I'm sure. But it was the most fun of any math program I remember. I'm just trying to get my 3 year old to talk about numbers with me. She is getting to know them by sight, but she likes to pretend she has no idea. And I'm bored with letters since she knows them all by sight and name.


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