krisperry Posted June 22, 2012 Share Posted June 22, 2012 I have an 11 year old son (finishing 5th grade) who struggles with abstract concepts. Of any sort really but particularly math. He does calculations with ease. But word problems.... hooo boy. I started Singapore's Challenging Word Problems 3 with him 1 year ago. We worked for a few months but made little to no progress. I just pulled it out again today. He did solve 2 of them on his own. Here is one that he solved: Jerry and Rick collect toy cars. Rick has 12 more toy cars than Jerry. They have 32 toy cars altogether. How many toy cars does Jerry have in his collection. Some he struggles with still despite me going through them step by step (using various methods). Here is one of the problems that just stumped him: A baker sold a total of 1320 loaves of bread in June and July. He sold 678 loaves in June and 901 loaves in August. How many more loaves did he sell in August than in July? Ok, so it is a two step process but he struggles to even understand that 1320 - 678 is how you get July's number. Is this "non-mathy" or something more? The problems seem fairly similar to me so I'm ????. FTR, his brother who is several years younger is doing Beast Academy. He sister who is finishing 8th grade did a combination of AoPS and Dolciani. I'm not sure if I'm not use to someone not getting it so this seems WAY behind. I mean it is level 3 (third grade right?). *sigh* Can someone give me some perspective please? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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