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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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