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  1. I have been using SM for years now homeschooling my children. I have found the left to right mental math and calculating such an essential part of SM. As essential as the bar modeling.It just makes so much sense to me. I wish I had been taught this as a child. Anyway recently I have been bumping into others that use SM and teach the usual borrowing and carrying over. Anyone do the same?
  2. My 7yo ds has mastered all his math facts up to 12, should I just continue on with 13, 14, 15, etc..... ? He has them memorized, meaning he doesn't know "why" 12 x 11 = 132, but he just "knows" that that's what it is. He loves math, and all day long will quiz me on my math facts, and he will continually make the questions harder, even though he has no idea what the answer may be. Is there a classic public domain book that focuses on mental math? We are currently working with CLE Math 100, which is fine for helping him understand math, but I can see us skipping a lot of it, as it's not moving fast enough for him. On the other hand, I don't want to move too fast, because I do want to make sure that he's not just memorizing everything, but actually understanding the concepts. Maybe there's a better math program for him? I'm looking forward to your suggestions!
  3. There are a few threads already regarding the abacus or soroban, but some of the threads are three years old and some links no longer work, so I'm looking for new information. Have you used an abacus or soroban with your child? Did you come up with a program on your own, or do you know of a good program to use?
  4. Or at least my dd10 feels it is. :sad: I find all of the mental math techniques so cool and very helpful especially since I never learned them in school. However, she falls apart when we come to the mental math sections in Math in Focus. She wants to just work the problems the way she knows how (traditional algorithms) instead of trying to mentally manipulate the numbers. Seriously, it's tear inducing. She understands what they are trying to get her to do it is just very difficult for her to hold all of those parts in her head while doing it. I know that dd10 will never have a career in a math field. It is not her thing which I totally understand because I chose my major in college based on which one would need the least math requirements. :tongue_smilie: I hate to give up Math in Focus because I am greatly enjoying teaching it. And for the most part dd10 likes it as well.....until we get to mental math. So my question is this: Is a Singapore approach to math worth it if the mental math training is not there? Would I be better served just using something more traditional with her and focusing on using Singapore methods with my dd6 who really gets it? Thanks for your input!
  5. I'm asking this on behalf of my dh. He's a 4th year med student and has decided that he needs to learn how to be much quicker about mental math before he starts residency next year, specifically addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Do you guys know any particularly successful techniques that will help him do math faster in his head? Even better if there is an app or online game that helps practice the method.
  6. ETA: I should have titled this "Replacing books with mental math in early grades." I've been doing a bit of reading and thinking on this in recent months. I first stumbled upon this article by Benezet, then found similar thinking by the Bluedorns and Ruth Beechick. (Here is the Bluedorn's article.) I'm fascinated by these ideas as I'm getting ready to start schooling my 2nd born. I'm curious if anyone has tried this approach, or perhaps known someone who has. I have also heard that Ray's Arithmetic teaches this way, as well as Making Math Meaningful. Can any users chime in? Are there any other resources?
  7. These are from Prince Edward Island 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade
  8. HI :) I'm looking for ways to use the Mental Math with Singapore; wondering how others are doing this.... I'm having my son do Singapore Math at school and doing the lessons/school part at home. (Kinda flip-flopped from how you'd do it if it was the school's curriculum) We've been doing Singapore for a long time but I totally have neglected the Mental Math. Thanks!!
  9. So we got to the subtraction part. and we've hit a road block. I am confused on how to teach this. They have jumped to subtracting numbers bigger than 10. How am i supposed to do this. My daughter just got te hang of crossing out and counting backwards to get to answer. Did I miss a very important step here. How is she supposed to get to the answer using double digits. using the number line at the top of the page when they first introduced subtraction. She uses a lot of finger counting as well with adding. for ex, 5+2, she'll put 5 in her head, and then count each finger until she gets to two fingers up. so 5... 6, 7. Any help on teaching these to her. I wish there was some kind of help on this. She's 6 btw.
  10. http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/courses/CourseBuffet_SpecialOffer.aspx?lid=new8&ai=66261 I actually clicked through a banner ad just to get to this list. I try to never do that, but couldn't resist. Anyone already own ancient civilizations and can give a review?
  11. I ordered the Mental Math DVD on a whim thanks to those dang advertisements the company is always sending out. Just want to give a thumb's up to it! DS watched the first lecture yesterday, reluctantly, and is now continuing the series entirely on his own--not sure whether to stop him or not since he should be doing his work.:tongue_smilie: But he has learned some amazing tricks and was almost able to do some multiplication problems faster than DH yesterday, who is a math teacher but wasn't aware of some of these "secrets."
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