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Teaching basic math

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Aug 31, 1998 at 22:39:42
Subject: Re: Teaching basic math

Marie's advice is good.  I agree with her that speed is not the only
criteria that should be used to determine whether a student understands the
math.  Keep doing what you are doing, take Marie's advice, and add to the
activites a few number sense games, like this one.

Take a handful of beans (10  to 12) and let your son verify the amount.  Then
cover some of the beans, and ask him to tell you how many are covered.
Gradually work up to a total of 15 beans as he gets better at determining
the answer.  Be sure to ask him to tell you how he knows he is right before
you uncover the beans and let him count them.

 -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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