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From: Owen 
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007012612:07:40
Subject: Finger counting

  Today there are some people that say it is not that bad to count on
fingers.  There is a system called han-5 that teaches all the basic
math on the fingers and from their web site it seems to work fast.  If
it does not slow them down then it is not so bad.
  Another option is to teach the number symbols in a way the is easy
to remember.  You can get Free charts from the DotMath for kids web
site to help students transfer finger counting to understanding the
number symbols and what they mean.
  A child, in grade one, would count his fingers under the desk and
then forget his total when he wanted to write it down.  I taught him
the dotmath system. He then test his own work with a calculator and
said the calculator was too slow.  After learning the "DotMath for
kids" system he could beat the calculator.

  You can type   "dotmath for kids"  into a search box and you should
be able to find the site.   If you are not able to access the site it
may be your security setting need to be adjusted. 

Owen

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