The Missing Link

This week our project in math was to take the number pairs we worked with last week and start edging towards addition.

Instead of finding all the pairs that make a certain number, things got mixed up a bit and the game was to figure out the missing number. Well Froggy was missing it at first. When I initially presented the material to her (using the wording in the program - Who is __'s partner to make __) she was lost as to what to do.

When I presented it more as an addition problem (you have __ how many more do you need to make __) she got all the problems instantly. It was simply a matter of changing the wording to make it click.

This is why I love homeschooling. I dread to think what would have happened if she had been in a classroom and just given the instructions as prescribed.

We also spent quite a bit of time playing our memory math game because I want her to make the connection that these number pairs and addition are linked.

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  1. Yes, sometimes different wording can make a huge difference. I wonder if you tried DreamBox with Froggy yet?


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