I've posted 2 other threads on our struggles with math this year for DD1 and kindergarten.http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1290870/dyscalculia#post_16178379 and posts in the kindergarten thread. I have not had DD1 tested because I don't want to jump the gun or anything. We started kindergarten with the goal of counting to 100 and identifying written numbers to 100. This was what I learned in kindergarten and remember how it was taught well. Just rote counting and writing until we could write them without looking at anything. When DD1 began to show clear signs of struggle as I described in the linked thread, I lowered our goals to identifying the written teens and twenties. I have done all I know to do at this point. We've worked with felt numbers on a felt board, done rote writing, used a chalkboard, sidewalk chalk, she's counted to 100 as movies load on Netflix watching the numbers change, we've used a calendar, watched YouTube videos, Leap Frog Math Circus and Math Adventures to the Moon as well as the math sections in our school curriculum connect the dots, writing practice, color by number, etc...
Right now she can:
-Count to 30 without a problem
-Write numbers 1-10 without a problem
-Write numbers 1-20 with little problem (however she cannot tell you which numbers she is writing)
Today, I was having her read the calendar. It didn't matter how many times I told her that 2 and 6 is 26, she kept calling it 16, 17, 70. I've explained it every way I know how. I've followed recommendations. A friend of mine who is a math professor said that this seems more like a reading issue than a math issue, however, she is catching onto letters and their sounds without any problems. She will be reading in no time.
She still makes many of her numbers backwards, confuses 8 and 9 as well. I'm lost and worried that something is wrong. I would have thought that if not learned as a true skill then she would have memorized the teens and twenties by now. I mean if I say 2 and 6 is 26 she should be able to remember that a minute later - right.
So, what should I do next. We have 20 school days left. Should I drop the numbers altogether and just focus on shape concepts and such? (Our curriculum picks back up at one and moves quickly through the numbers for 1st grade.) Should I have her tested before we start 1st grade? I'm so frustrated and confused. :( I don't want DD1 to hate math.