# Math Help

Jackie - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 and is struggling with Math. She knows how to add and subtract, it just takes her so long to do it and she doen't do well on timing tests at school.
We have tried multiple computer games, flashcards, and have tried doing math games at home.
Any suggestions on what might help her?

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Delta - posted on 08/18/2009

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Quoting Jackie:

Thanks for the suggestions. She does use her fingers to count, it's just that it is slow to count fingers and write down the answer on the timing tests they have at school. (They are supposed to be able to answer 40 addition/subtraction problems in 2 minutes).
Any suggestions for increasing speed?

You can try doing print out problems at home.  Start with 10 problems with the 2 min timer.  once she gets that down where she is finishing really fast, then add another 10 problems to that to make it 20, and keep going till she is up to 40.

Here are some math sites I usally go to:

http://www.rbechtold.com/math.html

http://www.kidzone.ws/

http://www.kidzone.ws/math/dynamic1.htm

Jackie - posted on 08/18/2009

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Thanks for the suggestions. She does use her fingers to count, it's just that it is slow to count fingers and write down the answer on the timing tests they have at school. (They are supposed to be able to answer 40 addition/subtraction problems in 2 minutes).
Any suggestions for increasing speed?

Vanessa - posted on 08/17/2009

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What worked well with my daughter in math was the foods like Delta said, BUT at school she doesn't have the food. Fingers are great... they will always be with her, but they can get confusing for a small child.

The alternative is drawing the "foods" like circles.. they could be whatever she wants them to be (m&m's, Skittles, etc.). Small circles can be erased if needed and colored in so they are easy to keep track of. These work with all aspects of simple math.

I still use this technique when I can. They work well in chemistry too!

Delta - posted on 08/17/2009

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Have you tried doing math with foods like m&ms, skittles, even pennies. Lay out a pile of 5 and ask her to add 4 to that pile and then ask her how many that is, also the same with subtract 5 take away 3. Also let her know that it is okay to use her fingers. My daughter at first had problems with add and subtract till we told her use your fingers, then she started to catch on. Now we are in a new stand still in math. She is going into the 4th grade this year and last school year she started times and divide and she is havinvg problems with this. Flash cards just frustrate her.

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