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Dear Janet, One idea to get your 2nd grader enthusiastic is either to connect to something he is interested in like sports, or make learning facts a game. If he plays soccer you can practice by pretending he is scoring points for his team. Maybe the team thinks they scored a goal, but the referee decided against the call and they had to lose a point. You can create a similar game. Perhaps you can create a game with some of his favorite cartoon characters, since it sounds as if your son "needs a reason" to study. Although there are many noteworthy reasons to know basic math facts, they are very far removed from the 2nd grade experience. When the young mind can gain ownership, it makes learning better. It may afford quality time to be spent with a parent, too.
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