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Ways to communicate to a 3rd grader

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From: Jackie (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Oct 22, 2000 at 15:41:44
Subject: Re: Ways to communicate to a 3rd grader

Your daughter may be suffering from math anxiety in which case she can't even access what she does know about math because whenever the subject comes up, she flips into a panic mode. There have been many studies that show where the fear/flight mechanisms are located in the brain compared to where the analytical centers are located. As you might guess, they are not in the same place. I'd say you might want to start with "gamelike" low key math activites. Family Math is a wonderful resource for activities that teach children math concepts in a fun, non-threatening way. You can find out about Family Math on the web at: The FAMILY MATH Home Page http://theory.lcs.mit.edu/~emjordan/famMath.html -Jackie , for the T2T service

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