Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted May 13, 2017 DD is going into 2nd grade next fall. She did very well in math this year but she continues to say that she does not like math because it is "boring." Her school uses Math in Focus. I'm debating whether we need to use any curriculum this summer for math. She doesn't need to do any catching up from 1st grade and her 2nd grade curriculum is solid enough that I don't feel like I need to pre-teach it before 2nd. The new topics in MiF for 2nd are multiple and division. She had some exposure to multiplication and division in K where they did Saxon 1st grade math. What do you think? I intend to have her do xTra math to ensure that she does not forget her addition and subtraction math facts. We can also play math games as a family. Do you think there would be any benefit to doing some intro work on multiple and division with c-rods this summer or let her be introduced to it with the rest of the class next year? It feels really strange to not be planning on doing any formal math over the summer. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

MistyMountain 2,467 Report post Posted May 13, 2017 (edited) I think watching the Education Box videos on multiplication and division and using with C-Rods like they do and then playing games after like multiplication war would be be a good thing you can do. I think c-rods is a really good way to really learn what multiplication is and it is not something MIF teaches but it will help with visualizing multiplication and division. I did that with my ds even though we use Signapore math and I feel it has paid off. I wish I did it with my older daughter. Edited May 13, 2017 by MistyMountain 2 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

wendyroo 5,185 Report post Posted May 13, 2017 You could have her play Prodigy over the summer. That would review first grade topics and start to introduce second grade topics as she is ready. Plus, it is fun, and in no way boring. Wendy 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Bluegoat 23,382 Report post Posted May 15, 2017 I might try and keep itto something fun if she doesn't struggle. Games, or something that puts a different spin on math - my dd and I worked through a book on code breaking once that she had great fun with. At that age, trying to keep some joy in the subject will pay off later. 3 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

amymarie3 19 Report post Posted May 16, 2017 Our school (end of first grade) asks that we do 10 minutes of math a day with the kids at home so we started this routine last fall and we are going to just continue with it for the summer. They use enVision math at school and I found that working slightly ahead on Math Mammoth gets them introduced to the concepts before they get them in school which seems to help. Our year round routine: 4x per week 10 minutes or 2 pages of Math Mammoth 1x per week (or two) a chapter of Life of Fred done together with worksheets printed up from the Facebook group. Occasionally at bedtime or breakfast: Bedtime Math, Mathemagic, and mental math problems from Ray's Arithmetic. They play Todo Math and Monster Math on the iPad for fun extra practice. 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted May 17, 2017 I have the Math Mammoth Addition and Subtraction book. I considered working through the MM 2nd grade books this summer but it does not look like MM 2nd grade covers multiplication and division. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

SKL 41,891 Report post Posted May 17, 2017 I would focus on developing "number sense" and practical uses of math, unless she herself wants to do math workbooks and similar. I did use c-rods and base 10 blocks to help my kid at home when she was learning various math concepts at school. However, if your daughter learns math readily, I'd just keep those learning aids on hand in case you need them during the school year. You could let her play with them in the mean time. Personally I would not do "work" with them over the summer, given the information you provided in your OP. 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

vonfirmath 3,233 Report post Posted May 17, 2017 (edited) I have the Math Mammoth Addition and Subtraction book. I considered working through the MM 2nd grade books this summer but it does not look like MM 2nd grade covers multiplication and division. I would not expect average 2nd graders to be doing multiplication and division. My son was THRILLED when they touched on multiplication at the end of 2nd grade (he'd been looking forward to it all year long). They did more in 3rd grade, but didn't start division until this year (4th) And he is on an accelerated track. Edited May 17, 2017 by vonfirmath 2 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

SKL 41,891 Report post Posted May 17, 2017 Math in Focus started multiplication in 2nd if not late 1st. Oddly, it was one of the few concepts my slower kid picked up easily. :P They don't go very deep into it in 2nd, or even 3rd IIRC. I don't remember when they started division. Those are times I'd rather forget, LOL. (I hated the way they taught division!) 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted May 18, 2017 I would not expect average 2nd graders to be doing multiplication and division. My son was THRILLED when they touched on multiplication at the end of 2nd grade (he'd been looking forward to it all year long). They did more in 3rd grade, but didn't start division until this year (4th) And he is on an accelerated track. Hmmm...I actually haven't looked at the Scope & Sequence for MiF 2nd grade. I'm going by what the 2nd grade teacher told me. She said they did multiplication and division in 2nd. I just now checked the Table of Contents in the MiF 2A book that is posted on ChristianBook.com and it shows Multiplication and Division as a chapter title. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

vonfirmath 3,233 Report post Posted May 18, 2017 Hmmm...I actually haven't looked at the Scope & Sequence for MiF 2nd grade. I'm going by what the 2nd grade teacher told me. She said they did multiplication and division in 2nd. I just now checked the Table of Contents in the MiF 2A book that is posted on ChristianBook.com and it shows Multiplication and Division as a chapter title. Yes. The book does have it as a title. And fairly early in the year. My son would have been thrilled! I don't know about that curriculum in particular because our schools use something different. 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Bluegoat 23,382 Report post Posted May 18, 2017 MM begins multiplication right at the end of grade 2. I don't know that it's necessary to get ahead always by covering the same topics though. I've found the thorough coverage of mental addition and subtraction has served my girls really well once the got into division and multiplication. My dd9 was almost doing multiplication without realizing it when they instroduced it formally. 2 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted May 18, 2017 MM begins multiplication right at the end of grade 2. I don't know that it's necessary to get ahead always by covering the same topics though. I've found the thorough coverage of mental addition and subtraction has served my girls really well once the got into division and multiplication. My dd9 was almost doing multiplication without realizing it when they instroduced it formally. That's a good point. I already have the MM Addition and Subtraction book. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Heigh Ho 8,311 Report post Posted May 19, 2017 Do the crafting and measuring if your school did not. Highlights for Kids has craft ideas on.their website if you aren't doing 4h or scouts and need project ideas. Also play games and lay the basis for logic and probability. 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

MistyMountain 2,467 Report post Posted May 19, 2017 Signapore does multiplication and division together early in 2nd and by the 1st semester of 3rd they are doing long division and 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication. They do start with multiplying smaller numbers though. I think MIF has a very similar scope and sequence. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

nature girl 1,131 Report post Posted May 20, 2017 Signapore does multiplication and division together early in 2nd and by the 1st semester of 3rd they are doing long division and 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication. They do start with multiplying smaller numbers though. I think MIF has a very similar scope and sequence. Yes, I have 2nd grade MIF and they do multiplication and division both near the beginning of the year (factors of 1, 5 and 10) and again in the middle of the second semester (3 and 4.) Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Earthmerlin 265 Report post Posted May 27, 2017 I might try and keep itto something fun if she doesn't struggle. Games, or something that puts a different spin on math - my dd and I worked through a book on code breaking once that she had great fun with. At that age, trying to keep some joy in the subject will pay off later. I'd try to turn around her idea that math is 'boring'. Therefore, I agree with keeping it light-hearted & fun. 2 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

bmninada 7 Report post Posted June 7, 2017 I would suggest either www.noetic-learning Challenge Maths (4 assignments a week throughout summer) if child is good in math OR same site - StayAhead program designed specifically for summer. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted June 7, 2017 A little update - I gave DD the MM end of 1st grade test and she scored a 100%. That made me much more comfortable with not worrying much about math this summer. We've been focusing on reading and writing and playing math games. 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

AprilMayJune75 2 Report post Posted June 8, 2017 Right around that age, I introduced the game Yahtzee, and we played it quite often compared to other games we had. It incorporated/reinforces the addition/subtraction that they learn in 1st grade, but also introduces the concept of multiplication in a fun, gentle manner. When my daughter was learning about multiplication in school, one of the first things she said was, "Oh, we do this when we play Yahtzee!" There are also some other great games out there to introduce/reinforce early mathematical concepts, but that one sticks out in my mind as one of DD's favorites.... 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

LovesToLearn 3 Report post Posted July 7, 2017 It may be a good idea to work on some big project to keep skills in use over the summer without moving too far ahead. My son is the same age and he is working on a project called "if I had a million dollars..." It is lots of fun as a family to dream about the big purchases we would make. It consists of a three column chart - item, cost, and balance after withdrawal. Perfect for reinforcing addition and subtraction skills in advanced, exciting way! 1 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

aug17girl 153 Report post Posted July 7, 2017 It may be a good idea to work on some big project to keep skills in use over the summer without moving too far ahead. My son is the same age and he is working on a project called "if I had a million dollars..." It is lots of fun as a family to dream about the big purchases we would make. It consists of a three column chart - item, cost, and balance after withdrawal. Perfect for reinforcing addition and subtraction skills in advanced, exciting way! I'm stealing this! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites

Ordinary Shoes 2,822 Report post Posted July 8, 2017 Thanks for the advice about Yahtzee. My DD loves it. She has quickly learned her multiplication tables up to 6. It also allows her to practice her addition skills. The way we play it is that person who rolls has to do the math to determine his/her score. I think Mommy, who is too reliant upon her calculator, has the most trouble with this one! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites