# singapore math question

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So, my DD2 has started up 1A not long ago... we are in Unit 3, addition within 10. She has had a lot of play with c-rods, some miquon, and education unboxed videos up to this point. She definitely understands the concept of 3 + 4 = 7, and number bonds, but should she be able to write out number sentences at this point? I mean, we're still working on writing our numbers.

What I'm getting at is: I show her/we set up a number bond (or the rods) and asking her to write 1 or 2 number sentences for it....seems to be over her head. Should I just continue to work on the conceptual things within 1A and then we'll go back and fly through it when she's ready for the symbols? I feel like we've spent a lot of her math learning just waiting for her other skills to catch up with her conceptual knowledge, ya know?

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Can she do it with a dry erase marker on a whiteboard? Or maybe with fridge magnets?

I separate out writing from computation when my kids are young.

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I made some cards with + , -, = on them and had my dd make math sentences using the rods and the signs. She had great fun coming up with different combinations on both sides of the equals sign.

Then I transitioned to using number cards instead of the rods, again making math sentences. No writing, but she got the number sentence idea.

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Can she do it with a dry erase marker on a whiteboard? Or maybe with fridge magnets?

I separate out writing from computation when my kids are young.

I need to get some of those. Yes, she can get it out, and understand a number sentence that's written. So, I'm probably worrying too much. I do have some paper numbers and symbols for right now that I'll have her use while we're still learning to write. Thank you!

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I made some cards with + , -, = on them and had my dd make math sentences using the rods and the signs. She had great fun coming up with different combinations on both sides of the equals sign.

Then I transitioned to using number cards instead of the rods, again making math sentences. No writing, but she got the number sentence idea.

This. My second child is in this exact spot. He can write some number sentences. Can you she say it and you write it?

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It's ok to scribe a bit, but I would definitely be working on writing numbers as well. I didn't start 1A until my son could write numbers well (we started at 5.5). He usually does the work himself, but sometimes I scribe for him.

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My DS is in 2A and I scribe for him a lot. He can write the numbers but good grief he is slow and we get at least 5x more done when I do most of the writing for him.

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When we did that section we did the same format every time, he set up the number bond with the whole on the left and the parts on the right. The first addition sentence was always top number In the bond "triangle" plus bottom number, then bottom number plus top number, then whole minus top number, then whole minus bottom number. This helped him get used to what they were asking for, and after a few days he was writing the sentences however.

--------5

7

------- 2

5+2=7

2+5=7

7-5=2

7-2=5

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I started mine with those little garage sale circle dot stickers-the blank ones and wrote a bunch of numbers on them, then let him pick which numbers he needed to stick in the spots given instead of writing the numbers. Though that was with the SM Earlybird Kindergarten stuff, there might not be enough room for that in 1, but it's a thought if you can make it work.

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I made some cards with + , -, = on them and had my dd make math sentences using the rods and the signs. She had great fun coming up with different combinations on both sides of the equals sign.

Then I transitioned to using number cards instead of the rods, again making math sentences. No writing, but she got the number sentence idea.

Yes, this is what we had been doing, pre-1A. Today she enjoyed using the numbers & symbols to make the number sentences. Then she had a visual before writing.

It's ok to scribe a bit, but I would definitely be working on writing numbers as well. I didn't start 1A until my son could write numbers well (we started at 5.5). He usually does the work himself, but sometimes I scribe for him.

She can write them, but since we're so new at writing them, she gets frustrated, gets them reversed, sometimes asks me to write them for her... We have focused more on them during our handwriting time lately. I have had some luck yesterday and today writing out the numbers across the top of the page for her, so she has a visual. It is quicker than her picking out the correct number card, and she feels confident when she writes them herself. And it would be nice if she didn't need me constantly for the WB. ;) I am at the table, but trying to help big sis, too.

I felt the need to get her started on a formal math curriculum at this point - she is ready - and someone told me not to let her writing ability to stand in the way. That is what I was waiting on. So far, she definitely seems to get the concepts. We'll just take it slow.

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I made a strip of numbers that I pulled out for math every day while we were learning to write numbers, this really helped Asher.

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