My dd is in 6th grade this year and has been in PS all along. This year her teacher sends home math homework every night and every night dd struggles. The teacher lets them use a calculator in class(which I do not agree with) and if she does the problems with the calculator everything is fine but when I ask her to do it on paper she has no clue how. Right now they are doing fractions and dividing. My dd cannot do division by hand at all. I emailed the teacher and she said dd should have been introduced to division last year but as long as she can do it on the calculator she is keeping up with the standards of her class and learning it the "old fashioned" way would come later. I really don't agree with this and feel like if she doesn't master these skills math will be much harder in later grades. I want to supplement her math at home but not sure how to go about it. Should I get a curriculum? The school uses something called Everyday Mathematics. Should I go back to multiplication and have her practice that before moving on to division?
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9/22/09 at 2:17pm