FairProspects Posted January 5, 2011 Share Posted January 5, 2011 Is it really possible to just "play" with math enough to learn early math concepts? Such as without a curriculum? Math is making me crazy right now. Ds does not like RS or the abacus, although he will do the work when pressed. It doesn't seem like the techniques or re-grouping stick in his head as his go-to strategy for solving problems though. He does know addition/subtraction up to 10, place value, how to tell time & money. As demonstrated this morning, he definitely understands the commutative property. What else does a K/1st grader need to know? If he understands and can use these concepts, can we just play around with math for awhile? I ask because ds just seems wired differently and I hate to place him in the curriculum box. He doesn't just want to learn math - he wants to apply it and use it. He doesn't want to build the rectangle described in the lesson with 12 tiles - he wants to build a bigger one with border patterns, or make the tiles into a city of different kinds of shapes, etc. I'm confident he knows what a rectangle is, so does it really matter if we follow the rules? I've seen him do amazing things with math - but none of them have been in the book. Its almost as if he needs a real life application to show what is in his head - does that make any sense? What would you do with a kid like this? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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