My daughter is having some trouble with math.... I dont know what to do??

Corina - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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I had a parent/ teacher meeting and it wasnt good she doesnt do well with tests and her teacher doesnt know how to help her and I really dont know what to do. During winter break I'm gonna try and work on it with her.... btw she is in 3rd grade

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Farheen - posted on 10/02/2011

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I have a son in 2nd grade. I know that the kinds of math problems young kids get these days aren't the kinds I use to get when I was his age. Exercises required mostly memorization of arithmetic problems. These days, kids are required to go beyond that and understand the concept behind addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at an earlier age. www.sheppardsoftware.com has interactive math games that help kids understand those basic math skills.

Also, sitting down each day to work on just 2 or 3 math problems together, with you explaining and sharing comments, really adds up in helping your daughter understand math better. In turn, this time shared will allow you and her to grow together and come closer.

I hope this helps...

Farheen
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Julie - posted on 12/18/2009

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As a teacher, I'd say that is unacceptable that a teacher said this is your problem, and she can't help you! Teachers are trained to teach, parents do their best but need guidance in this area!!!! What skills is she having trouble with? Or is she just bad at test taking?

Shannon - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter has had a lot of trouble with several subjects. I had several conferences with her teacher and counsellor, and the school finally arranged to have extra help for Emily every day during school. The teacher even rearranged her own class schedule so Emily was working with the aide on her math while the class was working on math. I got lucky with Emily's teacher being so willing to help, but before we moved to this district, we had a lot of trouble because the school she was going to was full of useless people who wrongly called themselves educators. It's so obvious when your kid's teacher is only there for a paycheck. I would recommend trying to talk to the school counsellor to see if there is any extra help available through the school because private tutors are expensive. I would also go online, as some other mothers have suggested, and use games to help her get more comfortable with math. The testing problems may have something to do with anxiety- ask your doctor about it because it is more common than people think. Also, you could suggest the school starts a math club for kids who are having a little trouble. You might have to enlist the help of other parents and really put some time into it, but it will be worth it for your daughter. Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 12/17/2009

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Google Math games, NOt sure what state you are in but in Va we have SOLS and you can look up what she should be learing....play games dont make it like school at home...have her make up worksheets for you and you make some for her. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter is in 2nd grade and having the same problem until I found websites that has games for to be fun for them to learn. She's getting there and I will also be doing the same thing of what your doing for your kid this winter break.
http://www.portaportal.com/ is a website that you can sign up for free and they have any subject at any age group. check it out. Any questions email me. Hope this helps. Actually the funny thing about is I didn't find the website, my daughter did at school.

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Hello,
I am Huda, an online maths tutor, have been teaching for 5 years.
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I have got good teaching skills to make students

learn thoroughly
understand the logic behind solutions
increased mental calculations
faster computations
and improve grades.

No need to Get afraid of Mathematics!

Make Strong Foundations, Clear your concepts and have A

I have been teaching, and have been able to satisfy the students. I have taught students outside Pakistan also. Denmark, Great Britain, Norway, Canada and US. see, all from different background and syllabus a bit different each time.
I will try my Best to reach a student's satisfaction.

I have Graphic tablet, a tool that helps to teach and solve on whiteboard at awwapp (free hand writing) for maths.

I have got experience in writing too.I love article writing.

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Tee - posted on 01/08/2014

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my daughter is in the 6th grade.her teacher will not let her attend a higher learning math program after school . what are my rights. oh and this is a public school.

Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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is it only tests she has a problem with, or is it math in general? if it's only tests, then she has test anxiety. if you want, you could put her on a child's valium, but chemical meds for children can have risky side effects. or you can try an herbal relaxant, such as a small bit of lavender oil, or even peppermint tea. ask her teacher if she will give it to her or let her take it, like half an hour before the test. it should help calm her down enough to where she can concentrate to understand the questions.



if it's math in general, you should find a really good tutor. for me, i can't grasp the concept of math past basic algebra, and even then it's tricky. my husband on the other hand, is a walking calculator. he actually tutors some students at the college in math for nursing. he has no problem understanding what the problem is, or how to get the answer. i read one of his questions, and i got such a headache, all i could come up with was "jupiter?" lol.



there's tons of websites for kids to help them learn different subjects. my kids are forever pestering me to go coolmathforkids.com. they have so many games, and they learn how to do math while playing a game. i'd have to talk to my husband, but he came up with a way for our daughter to do easy calculus i think it is, by confusing her. i have no idea how he does it though. i hear anything about math and my eyes glaze over, my ears go deaf, and all i hear is the peanuts teacher. she used to have a low grade in math, and now that he taught her a different way of doing it, she getting a better grade.



but try to find some math websites, and see which one does the best, teaching and fun rating. and maybe if she understands math, or how to do it easier, she might do better on her tests.

Shikha - posted on 12/05/2012

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Sally - posted on 12/05/2012

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Hi Corina,



My little boy is often having trouble with his school work so I understand your upset of those parent/teacher meetings, however, I recently found a really good website which is free to use, it contains over 2000 educational programs from ages 5+, might be worth you having a look, he seems to have improved since using it, its www.the-smart-surf.com . I wish you and your daughter all the best.



Sally

Nadia - posted on 09/21/2012

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OK, how is a kid to learn? My 3rd grader comes home with tons of homework and on about 60% of the packet he has no idea what to do. With this new Common Core Standards, honestly, neither do I. We spend at least 2-3 hours M-TH working on homework. Much of of which is not gone over in class. Why? It's like he is expected to figure this out on his own. To make thisngs worse, I can't seem to touch the homework subject over weekends because he just breaks down. Frustrated and helpless. HELP!

Helen - posted on 07/29/2012

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Six grade is very important. I'm able to help you, but last time, I was "banned" for offering legitimate help. If you live in NYC and If you need someone to help your child, tell me about it.

Becky - posted on 10/24/2011

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See if she can tell you what she doesn't understand.. That will give you a starting place.. If you can find out where the problem is, you might can help her understand it.

Jenny - posted on 10/19/2011

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When my daughter was in 3rd grade we ordered books from Dorling Kindersley (http://amzn.to/pBlszD) which helped us a lot to understand what math problems she understood. With us providing this extra step she passed her Math classes with an A Plus...

Sherri - posted on 10/04/2011

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@Carol it is one of the reasons you homeschool. I certainly don't homeschool and never have and never will.

Imelda Gumapac - posted on 10/04/2011

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My daughter is also a 3rd grader. We enroll her at Kumon last year. Now she's 2 years advanced in Kumon.. She got perfect in her LOng Test.

User - posted on 10/04/2011

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Kids develop differently at certain ages. Some are ready in Kindergarten to begin learning some very basic algebra concepts, while others aren't until they're in second or third grade. Isn't this one of the reasons we home school?

Carlie - posted on 09/27/2011

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Pray that GOD visits you in your sleep everynight and gives you the cheat sheet.......! That's what I used to wish for. :P I had trouble in math as well. I feel for your child. I do, because I used to feel stupid about it. I couldn't understand WHY I couldn't GET the math. Why I couldn't do all that solving: "If Mary goes to the store, and buys 5 apples and 10 oranges, and Luke buys 7 of em, and puts one back, but then Mary changes her mind....." FOR THE LOVE OF MAN. Really people? :P In high school, I had problems with Algebra and higher math. D's and F's. And my parents paid $100.00 an hour for a tutor in Algebra I-and I made the lowest D grade. I just could NOT process all that information. It turns out......many many years later....that I have ADHD. I take Ritalin 4 times a day. And yes, maybe, that's why I'm so crazy today.....!!! :P Seriously though, your child will needs lots and lots of patience from you. If you don't understand, then say so. Tell her that. Third grade or not, she isn't stupid. She wants SOMEONE to understand or that they could AT LEAST imagine her struggles. I would ask her EXACTLY what it is she doesn't get about math. If it's problem solving, it may be a brain/sorting/collecting/processing issue (ADD and ADHD). If it's because it's not fun...well then mama, break open the fun book, and make it fun for her. Learning has to be fun. Has to-for a child to WANT to do it. And at ANY AGE. People only pick up a book if it is interesting right? Right. Good luck to you and your daughter. God bless her, I know how she feels.... :P

Kim - posted on 09/23/2011

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When my children (Twins) were in the second grade, they struggled with all subjects presented to them. I then moved both of them to another local school. With a lot of meetings with the teachers, principal, and anyone that would give me more then 5 min. we were able to get some really awesome services from the school. If you have a local school nearby or closer, I'd recommend setting up a meeting with them and ask them if and what kind of special services are there.
As for teaching my kids math, I bought a dry erase board and have it hanging on the fridge. When they would have problems doing their homework, the dry erase board was at their disposal and they could "teach" me what the problem was. Now I'm using that same tool with my nieces. They are in kindergarden, 5th and 8th grade. With having them "teach" me what the problems were, and they did the writing on the board, they would pick up their error and be excited because they "Fixed" it.
My children and my nieces are visual learners. So having our dry erase board ready for them, they can see and do each of their problems. The key for me was to let them do the writing and "teaching" me the problems.....

Susan - posted on 09/16/2011

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Find out if your daughter's school has a tutoring program at her school. What math is she having trouble with? I am a teacher and I might be able to help. Susan

Pat - posted on 09/16/2011

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Request to have her tested for Learning Difficulties. If you put a request in writing, they have 45 days to respond with an answer and/or testing. It's the law. In the meantime, look for ways to teach her math hands on., I taught fractions to my preschoolers using PIZZA.. We measured ingredients and cut slices up into one eighths or quarters, etc. You can use the kitchen for math. Be creative with this. Ask the teacher for help. You shouldn't have to be the teacher. That's what they are trained for. p.s A lot of math is watered down and taught to increasingly younger children in schools, before they are really ready for it. I feel that's why so many are labeled "Learning Disabled", but children also have decreasing attention spans, so make sure that's also not the problem. (Too little sleep-children need 10-12 hours sleep- overstimulating TV, activities, too much sugar, etc) Pat Nickerson (ECE and Special Needs Advocate)

Imelda Gumapac - posted on 09/15/2011

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unior Kumon

Junior Kumon is designed specifically with younger children in mind. It helps foster a desire to learn while also preparing them for their first academic challenges in math and reading. just look for this site www.kumon.com

Imelda Gumapac - posted on 09/15/2011

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My daughter is a 3rd grader but she's two years advanced in Math. She already know four basics operations and now Fraction.. Thanks to KUMON. just look for it at your place or at the net. Kumon is a great help for my kids.

User - posted on 09/14/2011

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The best thing you can do is get her a Tutor. Some Libraries offer free tutoring.

Janet - posted on 09/12/2011

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what you can do is what i did, take action! she might think you're interferring in her life which in a way you are, but if it turns out like it did positively for my son's sake, she'll thank you for it in the end. i went straight to his math teacher after emailing him, then contacted a former neighbor/math teacher my son had had in 6th grade and came up with an idea of him staying after one day a week to work with his math teacher, then working one day a week with this former 6th grade math teacher too! it was all so he wouldn't fail mcas which is this state's testing for math, english and science in 10th grade in order to graduate. well after an entire year just about he took all the tests and the math was the higest scoring out of his 3 with science his weakest subject coming in second and english his strongest coming in a close third. since then he's stayed after to work with teachers if he starts to run into trouble like last year in social studies and english which are his two strongest subjects and ones he loves! he managed to get one grade up to a b- and keep the other around a c+ which impressed me! also our high school has the highest standards and the hardest this side of the state besides maybe 1-2 other schools! others are easier and don't require as much work like this one does, as it's so challenging and makes the kids really work for their grades! am proud to say i'm his mom! he still has trouble on tests, but i keep telling him/encouraging him to do all he can to go over things with his teachers after school as well as thinking of things which might help him even more!

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Find out ways to make math fun whether its using food or making it about something they like. If all else fails most schools offer tutors (if you qualify for free or reduced lunch it can be a free service). Above all talk with your daughter and ask her what she doesn't understand, it might also be that she does great with homework and classwork but gets very nervous on test that she freezes up so to speak. Either way don't give up hope, I went through the same thing with my son with making change.

Shonene - posted on 12/25/2009

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I remember when I was in school, math was NOT (truthfully still isn't) my cup of tea either. My mom bought me EXTRA BIG dice. By rolling these, and adding or subtracting, my mom taught me basic math skills. I remember her turning this into a GAME to play. I would roll dice, getting a number she would look for something in that increment and I would roll them again and she would either add or take away that numeric value. I remember it being fun. Eventually I out grew those dice. But kept that technique.

I use it with my daughter and have since she was able to recognize numbers. She is 5 now and in kindergarten. She is doing 3rd grade math. She is INCREDIBLE at it and loves to show her friends at school this game. Her teacher has even incorporated it into their class time. Those fuzzy dice are HUGE and my daughter tells me, easy to see. Good luck. I think making it FUN and game like encourages that learning process. Plus you can do it ANYWHERE....

Susan - posted on 12/23/2009

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Hi, I think I would look into getting a tutor or she might have a friend at school who could help her that is good at math. What is she having trouble with in math?
Sue

Justine - posted on 12/22/2009

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My son is in second grade and he had problems in math since first grade. At the start of school the school should test the children to see if they are where they should be. I have been in contact with the child study team. Every school schould have one. Tell them you and the teacher believe there is a problem and they get put into a math class where they get the extra help and move slower but the learn the same material as the other kids in the school. There are programs through the schools. Talk to the teacher and see what they can do.

Jamiallh - posted on 12/21/2009

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find out if your area have free after school programs and if you search the web there are site that can help your daughter with her math.

Corina - posted on 12/21/2009

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im sorry ladies i didnt mention that she was getting tutored for 6 weeks and her teacher said she didnt see an improvement in her test scores

Corina - posted on 12/21/2009

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thanks for all your advice, ladies. I will definitely check those websites out.

Christina - posted on 12/20/2009

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I also think it is crazy that your daughter's teacher said she doesn't know what to do. What the heck is she paid for??? Anyways, I have a kindergartner that I try to work with diligently so this doesn't become an issue as she is older and I have found she loves games on the computer and also little "personal computer's" that they make for children now. I recently bought one at BBB for 20 bucks. It is a little laptop that has spelling, math, and just regular games. She loves it because it is someone, other than myself, telling her she is doing awesome. A real sense of achievement. Good luck!!

Tammy - posted on 12/19/2009

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My 3rd grader loves Math Man on the computer. It's kinda like Pac Man with math thrown in.

Maria - posted on 12/19/2009

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I think learning times tables parrot fashion was the best thing I did for my daughter who was also struggling in maths! Also "my maths" web page is really good practice for kids and quite fun too! Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 12/19/2009

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I have started my daughter on Kumon, there is a website. she is 9 and she was finding maths hard at school too because they only have a little time in lessons to teach it. Take a look.

Kathie - posted on 12/19/2009

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First of all, don't think for a minute this is all for your family to solve on your own. Keep communication open with your teacher and principal, and the school counselor as others suggested. Tutoring is required to be available for students who need it. If it is just test anxiety there are ways to help, but I would think she'd be having trouble on all tests, not just math tests. (My opinion only.) Don't give up but don't make her more anxious by focusing on math all winter break! :) My now 6th grade son struggles with math too, and has had tutors since 3rd grade. That really helped him. Middle school has been different for us--we are starting all over with a new school, so I feel your pain! Good luck...

Melanie - posted on 12/19/2009

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i had a lot of problems with math too when i was a kid, my mom tried everything from candies to cookies - visual displays to help me... i still had a hard time with it. My dad knowing me when it came to money however told me to put a $ sign in front of it and t ry it that way...lol that worked for me like a charm! basically be patient but try and figure out what her passion is and use that to help her! Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 12/19/2009

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I hate when parents are blindly told to find a way to help their children with no guidance. When I started to hit that brick wall with my daughter and spelling I went back to school to become a teacher. What are the exact skills she's having problems with? I love Big IQ Kids you do have to pay for the full access, but I've seen huge improvement in my daughter's spelling scores. Math is about developing a way to see the problems and practice. Sometimes it helps to use "manipulatives" you can buy things like blocks that snap together or you can make is simple and use dry noodles or beans (if you really want to have some fun use m&ms and let her eat them when you're done) the idea is that you use the items to represent the numbers to help the students "see" the problem. If it's multiplication and in third grade it may be a new method is to help the children see larger multiplication problems in a different way example: 7*7 = 7*5 + 7*2 if your daughter can do 7*5 in her head and write down the answer or hold it in her head and then do 7*2 in her head and add them together it may help. The big thing right now is that children need to find ways to solve problems that work for them. The days of drilling and memorizing facts without actually solving the problem should be gone but old habits die hard for some teachers. I also agree that no teacher should ever tell you that it's your responsiblity to educate your child. Teachers recieve constant training regarding methods to help children learn and most parents don't even know where to start. Oh something else I've learned that was really important, have your daughter practice her homework the way that she will be assessed in class. If it is an oral assessment practice orally if it is written practice on paper, a teacher quote is "information in = information out" it has been proven that if students practice orally they will struggle with a written test. If she only struggles with tests it's probably stress look up foods that reduce Cortisol, it's a hormone that has been proven to reduce student's performance in class.

Brandy - posted on 12/17/2009

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I would go to the local high school and talk with them and asked them for a high school kid who is awesome in math so that way it's not going to cost alot of money. I hope the best for you guys

Christie - posted on 12/17/2009

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I would look for a tutor for your daughter asap, math is one of those subjects that gets harder every year, and if she dont get help she wil start to hate school fast, try to make things around u into math problems, work about 20 mins a day on math and when she is in the learning mood too. But if u make math fun she will want to learn, one game my daughter liked in that grade was the dice, you can use then for adding subtraction and times, roll the dice and see who can get to 300 or something like that first, deck of cards can be used for math as well

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