hreneeh

09-29-2011, 10:53 AM

Sorry in advance for the length that this will be:

We are doing RightStart Math and so far my son has been doing pretty well. Today was his first review sheet. It covers the basic concepts of grouping, exactly what we've been doing every day for the last 5 weeks. When you ask my son, what is grouping he will tell you fine. He explains that we count better in 5's and 10's and his arithmetic is doing really well.

BUT (and you knew it was coming) he got every single question wrong on the review. Every one. It's because it wasn't straight forward addition it asked about concepts.

Here's an example:

Draw 24 little circles so someone can tell how many there are without counting.

He just drew 24 circles in a line. The point is he should have grouped them in 5's so you could just count by 5's and add the 4.

I mean I don't know how else to explain it. He can do it on his abacus, he can do it in his head but he can't read the sentence and do it. Do you think he's not bothering to read past the "draw 24 circles" or does he have a comprehension issue?

Another question:

Write the number of squares (there are 37 squares grouped in 5's below) in Arabic and Roman numerals.

he wrote 16 for arabic and 18 for roman. But he knows this. He did it just fine 2 days ago.

I even asked him, How many squares are there, he looks and goes 37, I said why didn't you give that as your answer, his answer "Doh!"

I am just at a loss!!!!!!

Help

We are doing RightStart Math and so far my son has been doing pretty well. Today was his first review sheet. It covers the basic concepts of grouping, exactly what we've been doing every day for the last 5 weeks. When you ask my son, what is grouping he will tell you fine. He explains that we count better in 5's and 10's and his arithmetic is doing really well.

BUT (and you knew it was coming) he got every single question wrong on the review. Every one. It's because it wasn't straight forward addition it asked about concepts.

Here's an example:

Draw 24 little circles so someone can tell how many there are without counting.

He just drew 24 circles in a line. The point is he should have grouped them in 5's so you could just count by 5's and add the 4.

I mean I don't know how else to explain it. He can do it on his abacus, he can do it in his head but he can't read the sentence and do it. Do you think he's not bothering to read past the "draw 24 circles" or does he have a comprehension issue?

Another question:

Write the number of squares (there are 37 squares grouped in 5's below) in Arabic and Roman numerals.

he wrote 16 for arabic and 18 for roman. But he knows this. He did it just fine 2 days ago.

I even asked him, How many squares are there, he looks and goes 37, I said why didn't you give that as your answer, his answer "Doh!"

I am just at a loss!!!!!!

Help