# Moving on in SM1a...

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My 6.5 yo 1st grader is at the very end of unit 6 in Singapore Primary Math US Ed. She seems to understand and have mastered the concepts thus far, but has a difficult time seeing a problem like this:

14__9=5 (asking her what symbol belongs here)

I do think she gets what 14-9 is and that 9+5=14, but she get's frustrated with remembering the symbols. I don't seem to have a whole lot of teacher help in the HIG to help mastery here... I am just pulling back out the rods (we use them a lot anyway) and looking at the number bonds as a way of helping her see how all the numbers are related. Last week we just spent time talking about different ways we could make "true statements" about the number bonds, and I thought next week we could take turns writing down the number sentences. (She really likes her hand held in math - I understand this myself - but she's getting frustrated that we seem to be stuck here.)

The next couple of sections will be easy review for her. Should I move on and come back to this? (That is if we don't make much headway with what I described above.) I have this problem with moving on to things when we haven't mastered the topic in the book. This is a personal problem of mine. Not hers. Advice?

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You'll see it again in the reviews as they come up. Keep going.

When we hit those problems, I just say, "Is it 14 plus 9 or 14 minus 9?" Reminding him of the options seemed to help. Now he gets it no problem without me reminding him.

That last unit of 1A is much easier, and then you get the review after that.

ETA: I always keep the C-rods handy, and he knows he can use them if he needs to (he hasn't used them lately, but I'd be totally ok with him still using them at this stage).

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You'll see it again in the reviews as they come up. Keep going.

When we hit those problems, I just say, "Is it 14 plus 9 or 14 minus 9?" Reminding him of the options seemed to help. Now he gets it no problem without me reminding him.

That last unit of 1A is much easier, and then you get the review after that.

ETA: I always keep the C-rods handy, and he knows he can use them if he needs to (he hasn't used them lately, but I'd be totally ok with him still using them at this stage).

We the same thing,if need be bringing out the rods. My soon didn't pick it up at first but has it now. I wouldn't stop, sometimes a change is what they need. Time for it to sink in. You Will see this many more Times.

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I'd also move on. She'll get it soon. One day it will just click.

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The good thing about 1A/B is that it is very easy to go "sideways" into an unrelated topic while continuing to work on mastering whatever the problematic one is. My DS needed more time to work on number bonds so I did the measurement topics while he worked on mastering the facts.

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Thank you all so much. Sometimes I just need some encouragement to go with my gut. This is what I was thinking (to move on) but I really want her to get and us not to miss anything.

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You'll see it again in the reviews as they come up. Keep going.

When we hit those problems, I just say, "Is it 14 plus 9 or 14 minus 9?" Reminding him of the options seemed to help. Now he gets it no problem without me reminding him.

That last unit of 1A is much easier, and then you get the review after that.

ETA: I always keep the C-rods handy, and he knows he can use them if he needs to (he hasn't used them lately, but I'd be totally ok with him still using them at this stage).

:iagree:

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