Daughter in 1st grade: serious Math problem....

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is in 1st grade and has been having problems with addition, subtraction and I have tried almost everything to try to help her. My problem is that she sometimes does extremely well on some of her math work, but other times, she acts as if she has no clue. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've recently tried getting her to play some online math games...which seem to help a little, but I don't want her getting confused.

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Have you tried good old fashioned flash cards? These worked like a charm for my daughter :)



Also, try teaching her a game that requires counting. Our daughter has been playing dominoes since she was about 4 years old and we utilized the game (adding up the dots when you play - is it a multiple of 5? If yes, then how many points did you get? Add up all your points and how many do you have? etc.) and it really helped her (especially with multiples of 5! lol). We also taught her blackjack (we used cookies as betting chips - yumm! lol) and she liked adding the numbers on the cards.



In the end, we found that making learning into a game works best for our daughter. Have you asked your daughter's teacher for some advice? I'm sure the teacher has all kinds of great ideas too!



Good luck!

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Sarah - posted on 02/23/2011

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I just went to a parent-teacher conference yesterday and we talked about how to help her. I am going to try the flash cards, computer math games, maybe teach her new ways to count (in her head)....I guess it's just something we will just have to keep trying. thanks.

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