I've posted 2 maybe 3 times about this here in the past. DD1 is still not grasping or remembering her numbers. She is great with words and I think she counts by memorizing the sounds of the words and the order like a song. She idenifies written #s 1-10 readily and is getting there with the teens. However, no matter how many times I tell her 20 is twenty, she cannot recall it. Same on down the line. Though she knows to say twenty after nineteen, she doesn't identify 20. or 30 or 40 etc... We have a different sort of curriculum this year, which I think would be great to help her visualize and understand what numbers represent physically. But, for example the last part of this week was reviewing #4 - counting, writing, identifying. At the same time you study what 4 represents physically you introduce the written number family of 40 - 49. With #5 it'll be 50 - 59. Then, once reaching 9 she'll start with simple addition and move onward.
I've looked into what sorts of mental blocks she might be having and I'm not finding anything that really fits. I went to a dyslexia conference and she didn't fit that picture at all, and not dyscalculia either as I talked with the specialist. The specialist suggested aspberger's autism because of her advanced language skills, but my nephew has aspberger's and she does not display the social behaviors that he has difficulty with despite being high functioning and an otherwise uneffected child.
I'm almost in tears everyday as I try to review this stuff with her. She doesn't get any better though some days are better than others, just when I think she has it - it's gone again. I'm wondering when I should give up. What is best for her? I have 2 things I'm thinking of trying. No TV on school days. (We do not watch during school, and we do not have cable so she only watches DVDs as it is.) And, not doing the counting # families and just sticking to the number we are studying at the time, hoping that eventually when she starts adding the 2 and 3 digit numbers she'll know what they are. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Our curriculum has all sorts of visual and tactile activities that we are doing, but not with the bigger numbers - just with the number like 4 etc... until you reach the bigger ones I think. Ugh!