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We have been working on fractions for the last month or so - for the most part she enjoys it.

Where we have issues in when I ask her to show her work.

She was adding mixed numerals, and doing it in her head, and getting the answer right (example: 2 &1/2 plus 4 &3/4). I, however, was worried that once the numbers became more complicated she wouldn't be able to "do them" in her head. I tried to show her how to do them on paper, and honestly, it went over like a lead balloon.

a) she does not like to do paper works. She fidgets and does not focus and....well, you get the picture

b) she struggles when asked to do stuff on paper. She is brilliant at the mental math - but paper stuff -

Please note I am not asking for busy work or for her to write out the answer in complete sentences - merely that she keeps track of stuff on paper as opposed to in her head.

She scored quite high (hit the ceiling, actually, on the part of the WISC associated with visual spatial gifts) and I think I am more audio-sequential. Oh, I am a little visual spatial - but the way I learned to do math was quite orderly and step by step.

So, I am a bit at a loss. How the heck do I help someone do math who seems to learn it differently ?- and how do I reconcile my desire for her to show her work with her lack of desire/inability to do so?

Kathy