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TERRIJ7 Posts: 13,656
3/12/11 2:06 P

I know I'm old-fashioned, but I made mine use their heads all the way through to Algebra II~ I have worked with too many kids who couldn't add up a guest's check for a short stack and a cup of coffee to allow mine to be so mathematically inept! When I was waitressing, I could add up a check for a party of 6 people AND calculate the tax and hang the ticket ahead of all the girls who were waiting in line for the calculator! I would agree with Tambi's husband, I guess.

When they have to do long algebraic equations with lots of decimals, then they can use the calculators because what they are learning at that point are the formulas and not the basic math. When I took Statistics in college last year, we had to learn to use the fancy graphing calculator and that was very complex; however, I asked the teacher to show us how to do it manually (so that we could see the formulas on the board) so that I could understand WHY we were getting the answers. Just inputting information into a calculator and having it spit out an answer didn't help me to understand Statistics. The answers don't mean anything if you don't know how or why you're getting them. That's not education, IMO

I think the reason so many people hate Math is they've never gotten a good grasp of the basics, nor understood the "why" of it.

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 Posts: 1,485
2/24/11 5:53 P

The neighbor boy is in the 5th grade. My boy was in the 3rd grade when the school handed him a calculator for the TCAPS.

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2/24/11 3:22 P

I have one in 9th grade going into 10 in two months and she hasn't used a calculator at all. My DH is an accountant and he prefers the children to learn without. He uses Excel everyday and has lost his ability to think quickly with numbers without using the computer now. He wants to children to keep on their toes with their numbers. What he could once do mentally in a few seconds, he really has to ponder at times before he answers. But I do know they do allow them to use them in schools, I just don't know at what grade level they start or if it depends on school district/county/state. ?????

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STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 6,568
2/23/11 10:57 P

Hi Honey, I asked my dd how old she was when she used calculators in school and she said it was about 6th grade on a regular basis. I bought her and my older ds the fancy calculators they needed for their higher math.
But I agree with Tina, the student should know how to do the math before using a calculator.

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TINAKATRINA1 Posts: 6,007
2/23/11 7:32 P

I let my kids use them when they hit Algebra. I wanted to make sure they understood what they were doing before using a calculator. OTOH, I have no idea how to use those fancy expensive calculators, so they haven't used those.

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 Posts: 1,485
2/23/11 7:14 P

I was tutoring a neighbor boy that goes to public school yesterday in Math. He can do the work with a calculator but not on paper. My children are both in the 7th grade. Can we go to using calculators? My girl has such a hard time with the times tables. This would save us a lot of frustration.

I would love to have your opinions. I have also posted this on other homeschool teams, if you see it more than once that would be why.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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