...appropriate for an almost 7 yr old girl who is very visual/hands on. She has an understanding of concepts such as bigger/smaller, can estimate, etc, at times can answer a question like "if you had 10 kitties and 2 ran away how many would you have?" but not consistently, can recognize and write numbers and can get me the appropriate number of objects for that number, etc. I know she learned this through "real life" but I am becoming anxious about "further" math. I know she would be very weak in computational aspects of math with pencil and paper...she simply cannot think in that way.

For gawd's sake, I see "workbooks" in Walmart that are labelled for grade one stating things like adding 45+3 for example...for one thing, she hates any sort of workbook, even just "strewed" around for her to do whenever...my MIL gave her some writing workbooks once the kind with the dotted/solid lines, letters to trace...she was crying that she couldn't make the letters look perfect! I just supplied her with a chalkboard and plenty of paper, she did much better free form and writing on her own terms, like when SHE wanted to make a grocery list or something, or write me a note, adn she still continues to write in this fashion, stress free because there is no pressure.

Is this the kind of "math" grade one'ers are really doing? And do you memorize all those facts...that's what I remember doing at that age with flashcards. I have nothing to compare to as to how kids learn math nowadays...OK I have read stories of how even some Jr high and HS'ers use calculators as they may still not have "memorized" all their facts. True?

I am trying to round up more "resources" to have on hand. We have monopoly Jr (I give her stones to help her make up her dollars if she doesn't have a single bill of that amount), a few card games like War and Go fish, some cooperative strategy type games from Family Pastimes like the Secret Door, etc. We don't play these games consitently though....we are way more into sciency/literature type stuff around here right now.

I am trying to get over my math anxiety and also to try to sit down with her more to play "math type games" with her, but I have to be careful of my motives because this girl can smell coercion and "here let's 'teach' this to you a MILE away . I want to get some things she would find hands on and fun, to help her get a better grasp of what adding/subtracting etc is for when that comes up in a REAL LIFE context, like adding her score in a game, or figuring out money and I show it to her on paper.

Anyone care to share their favorite

-online computer games...she has dabbled in these a bit but probably wouldn't like the "drill and kill" types that are thinly disguised worksheets

-board games, card games, other manipulatives.

Also, math curriculum...any ones that are hands on, use manipulatives, but aren't too workbook-y I would get one of these for her just to "play around with" but of course would not expect her to do "x" amount everyday and then test her. The only one I have seen IRL is Math U see, but it looked intimidating but then again I was looking at a level much higher than the beginning.

One thing I borrowed from the library is Games for Math by Peggy Kaye, just to see it before I would purchase it, and it looks great. I have Family Math for Young Children (Coates/Stenmark) ages 4-8 but it alot about comparisons, estimating, etc and I know she would "know" how to do alot of the stuff in this book....I am more concerned with her starting to develop a better sense of "computing" if that makes sense to anyone.

Any help would be appreciated

Tina, here in Manitoba Canada, trying to swallow my math anxiety

For gawd's sake, I see "workbooks" in Walmart that are labelled for grade one stating things like adding 45+3 for example...for one thing, she hates any sort of workbook, even just "strewed" around for her to do whenever...my MIL gave her some writing workbooks once the kind with the dotted/solid lines, letters to trace...she was crying that she couldn't make the letters look perfect! I just supplied her with a chalkboard and plenty of paper, she did much better free form and writing on her own terms, like when SHE wanted to make a grocery list or something, or write me a note, adn she still continues to write in this fashion, stress free because there is no pressure.

Is this the kind of "math" grade one'ers are really doing? And do you memorize all those facts...that's what I remember doing at that age with flashcards. I have nothing to compare to as to how kids learn math nowadays...OK I have read stories of how even some Jr high and HS'ers use calculators as they may still not have "memorized" all their facts. True?

I am trying to round up more "resources" to have on hand. We have monopoly Jr (I give her stones to help her make up her dollars if she doesn't have a single bill of that amount), a few card games like War and Go fish, some cooperative strategy type games from Family Pastimes like the Secret Door, etc. We don't play these games consitently though....we are way more into sciency/literature type stuff around here right now.

I am trying to get over my math anxiety and also to try to sit down with her more to play "math type games" with her, but I have to be careful of my motives because this girl can smell coercion and "here let's 'teach' this to you a MILE away . I want to get some things she would find hands on and fun, to help her get a better grasp of what adding/subtracting etc is for when that comes up in a REAL LIFE context, like adding her score in a game, or figuring out money and I show it to her on paper.

Anyone care to share their favorite

-online computer games...she has dabbled in these a bit but probably wouldn't like the "drill and kill" types that are thinly disguised worksheets

-board games, card games, other manipulatives.

Also, math curriculum...any ones that are hands on, use manipulatives, but aren't too workbook-y I would get one of these for her just to "play around with" but of course would not expect her to do "x" amount everyday and then test her. The only one I have seen IRL is Math U see, but it looked intimidating but then again I was looking at a level much higher than the beginning.

One thing I borrowed from the library is Games for Math by Peggy Kaye, just to see it before I would purchase it, and it looks great. I have Family Math for Young Children (Coates/Stenmark) ages 4-8 but it alot about comparisons, estimating, etc and I know she would "know" how to do alot of the stuff in this book....I am more concerned with her starting to develop a better sense of "computing" if that makes sense to anyone.

Any help would be appreciated

Tina, here in Manitoba Canada, trying to swallow my math anxiety

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