To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Addition and subtraction with numbers 1-20
Ilana Bar, I do agree with the fact that 6 pages of homework is too much for a girl of 6.5 years of age. Now before I begin to explain what I am about to, please note that I am new into the syllabus followd in US and I am talking to you in terms of a teacher teaching a first grader in India. By the time the child is 6.5 years old, he/she will be in the end of her first grade approx. So this is based on it. I used to teach first graders in India and almost by this time of the year, we start to teach them to use fingers!!! That is till now they are used to draw bars near their sum work area and add for addition and cut off for subtraction, and we start up with finger addition by the first half of first grade. So there is nothing to worry about the finger thing. Another thing is let her be .... give her fun with the card games and be patient with children with so much of homework!!!
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