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My dd will be going to public school again next year and they will be doing Singapore math.  I will be working with her over the summer to beef up the math skills she failed to learn during school, but I really want her to get some mental math strategies down.  This is a child who cannot add 10 to a number without writing it down.  She does have trouble with questions like this also - "4+____=12.  She does know her math facts for the most part.  I have looked at the Singapore  mental math series, but what level?  Also, are there other workbooks out there that could help?

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Mental Math was really hard for my 9yo.  We worked slowly through MM 2 during her 3rd grade year, focusing on the mental math strategies outlined in that level of Math Mammoth.

Maybe try looking at MM 2 and see if it would be a good fit?  You could also have your DD watch the free videos on mental math.  They are very helpful, imo.  https://www.mathmammoth.com/videos/grade_2/math_videos_2nd_grade.php

If you sign up for the email list, you also gain access to tons of free worksheets you could use to work on those strategies.

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What strategies does she know and use for addition?  count up, count on, make a ten? is she using a manipulative or a drawing?

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Her strategy is to rant and rave about "why do they make little children do this", before I step in and help her.  Usually, I can talk her through it and she does understand.  When I pull out manipulatives, she gets even more irritated, but when she can see it, she understands even better.  If I have to use manipulatives to have her understand, I will.  I just need a worksheet/ book to go through.  I'm more consistent that way.

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