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RUNNINGOMA Posts: 11,127
12/2/13 4:06 P

That is a great idea. My youngest DD had difficulties and I made songs for 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. That helped her a great deal. We did it by counting by 3's etc. The other ones she did okay with.
Another thing we did was to roll one die and they had to add whatever number they needed to in order to make 10.

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12/2/13 12:51 P

Hello!

I wanted to share something that we do to help with multiplication facts rather than use calculators ... the kids practice "count bys" everyday.

MONDAY: Count by 2 and 3
TUESDAY: Count by 4 and 5
WEDNESDAY: Count by 6 and 7
THURSDAY: Count by 8 and 9
FRIDAY : Count by 10, 25, and 100

After doing this for a school year, they are able to count by each of these numbers by heart; then when it's time to do multiplication facts, they are able to use "count by" for any facts they can't remember.

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KATIEJO5 Posts: 2,113
3/14/11 11:02 P

MARIEAN, thank you for the information! She is making great progress with her reading and spelling, but the math facts are just not sticking. I looked up NILD and there is a certified therapist right here in my little town! I emailed her and pray that she will be able to help.

Thanks so much!

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RUNNINGOMA Posts: 11,127
3/14/11 4:51 P

Katie
I had (yes, I mean had) a daughter that was dyslexic. We used NILD - National Institute for Learning Disabilities. It was truely amazing to see that she could overcome this! It was not cheep - but now my daughter is an adult with kids of her own and teaches preschool.

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KATIEJO5 Posts: 2,113
3/14/11 11:59 A

My older ones didn't use a calculator until Algebra 2, when they used a scientific graphing calculator.

I understand the frustration with kids who struggle to master the math facts. My dd is 12 and is dyslexic. We have tried every program and tip known to mankind and she still doesn't have them mastered. I am using an overteaching method right now. It seems to be helping, but is agonizingly slow..... I am praying and working that she will have them down by the time she starts Algebra next year.

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2/25/11 8:09 P

I was very surprised that Bob Jones introduced calculators in kindergarten!!!!!!!
I think their point was that we now live in a technicological age and that they want to ease the kids into it.
We got them cool primary, chunky sized ones and they thought that it was cool. But they really only taught them how to use it. it was rather....stupid in my opinion.
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I agree. Wait 'tIl the algebra years, when you're only looking to speed up the math problem to solve the actual Lesson they are trying to teach you.
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RUNNINGOMA Posts: 11,127
2/25/11 3:21 P

I also replied on a different thread, but will repost my response here.

My kids are enrolled in Abeka Academy and are not allowed to use calculators until Algebra II. The kids need to know their multiplication tables their whole life.
I had a daughter that had a very difficult time learning the times tables. We made up little songs for each one. That helped her and math is now her best subject. She is in 10 grade.

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TEACHINKIDS2 Posts: 21,977
2/24/11 6:42 A

For division, multiplication etc...No I do not let my kids use any type of calculators. Since your kids are in 7th that means algebra is coming up and boy do they need those multiplication skills. Ironically, last week my sister and I had this convo. Her son who is in advanced placment math 6th grade but doing 7th grade math, they use calculators. I was like wow maybe I am too hard and should let my 8th/9th graders use a calculator. Her kids go to public school as well, she fired back NO, she said he struggles now and quickly gets the answer with the calculator. But since his dad has been working with him and showing him "how" on paper he does better without it...Go figure!
Funny I was going to post this as a Question of the Week! thanks for posting this...I can't wait for other responses either :)

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CORINA-MOMOF4 Posts: 14,459
2/23/11 7:44 P

I replied on to this on the other homeschool group, but wanted to reply here too...
good question and I'd be curious to hear others answers as well...

we use Switched-on-Schoolhouse, and some lessons they get to use a calculator, where as other lessons it doesn't let them. However, my son also seriously struggles with times tables (which makes all math issues harder/longer) He just never "got them" - he also is in 7th grade. I have tried everything, several different programs, flash cards, writing them out ect...

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 Posts: 1,485
2/23/11 7:16 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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