2GAboys Posted February 23, 2012 Share Posted February 23, 2012 I have always taught RightStart which is heavy on mental math, especially in the primary grades because it teaches mental strategies for solving all two digit adding and subtracting problems. There was never written drill, and certainly no kill doing algorithms for adding and subtracting. There was plenty of oral drill using two-three digits numbers and adding or subtracting two digits using mental strategies. Traditional algorithms for all the operations have been taught but there was never pages and pages of drill. Conceptual understanding and problem solving was encouraged. My 5th grader prefers to solve as much as he can mentally and he relies upon his conceptual understanding to figure things out. Lots of times he makes a mistake that I think would have been caught had he done the algorithm. I know traditional American math programs push kids to always show their work. Am I setting him up for problems further down the road because I do not push him to write out his thought process to solve problems??? If he gets a problem wrong, we walk it through and he certainly understands what he did wrong. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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