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From: Owen

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007012613:07:40
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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