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April 9th, 2010, 10:09 PM
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I was trying to teach my dd how to add in the high numbers like 9+4 since she already know the low numbers because each number is in each hand etc..(4+3). I hope you understood that.
Well, while I was trying to teach her the high numbers I realize she don't know which number is bigger or smaller. Now we are back to square one. If I can't tell her to put the smaller number on her hand and the big nimber in her head and start counting from the big number to the amount of fingers she have up, we have a problem. She don't know which number is big or small.
I have worked with her by using a number line. Tell her that the number that comes up first by counting from 0 is the smallest. She understands that, but do not understand how to get the biggest number. If I take away the number line its all doom and gloom.

How can she go on to the next step in addition if she don't know the basics?
What ways can you tell me to help her understand the difference?

My dd is going on 8 in June. She has some problems with learning. She suppose to be in the 2nd grade but I'm just trying to get through the kindergarden work.

Right now she is in a pubic school which is doing nothing for her but passing her on to the next grade. I notice that she learns alot faster with one on one help. So I am going to pull her out of school and hs her because if it was up to the school system she will be in the 5th grade still on the kinder level.

Any advice?????

Please help!!!!

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April 10th, 2010, 04:31 AM
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I'm not sure what to tell you for advice, other than to keep working with her. Maybe try using some real objects to show her which one is bigger or smaller. Using the words more and less might help. DS1 is 5 1/2 and he understands more and less. Try to find some beads or something small (you could use some macaroni noodles or something in the kitchen if you don't have beads) and give her two different piles. Ask her to count them and tell you which one has more or less.

I definitely think you are making the right decision with HSing. We had the same problem with the PS... they just don't care! DS1 needs more one on one attention and has learned so much more in the time he has been home with me than he did for his 5 months in Kindergarten in PS.
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April 10th, 2010, 06:32 AM
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You could try making some little cards that have numbers on them (the actual digits) and then the correct number of circles to match that number and have her put objects on each circle. Then she could actually physically see what is bigger and smaller.

You could also just make cards that have the right number of stickers for the digit shown. The visual on a larger vs. smaller group might help her.

Practising finding before and after numbers can help too-- so if you were to ask her what the before number for 4 is, she would say 3, and the after number would be 5.

I'll keep thinking on it, but those are my ideas off the top of my head.
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April 10th, 2010, 07:18 AM
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Create an alligator mouth with teeth. Get alligator food (beads, blocks, anything) and label index cards 0-9. Have her match the numbers with the food. Tell her the alligator is very hungry and has to eat the biggest amount. Let her count what one is larger and then put the alligator mouth towards the largest number. Slowly take away the alligator food and just practice with numbers.

9 > 2
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April 10th, 2010, 10:03 AM
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Create an alligator mouth with teeth. Get alligator food (beads, blocks, anything) and label index cards 0-9. Have her match the numbers with the food. Tell her the alligator is very hungry and has to eat the biggest amount. Let her count what one is larger and then put the alligator mouth towards the largest number. Slowly take away the alligator food and just practice with numbers.

9 > 2
::: :
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You can also use a number line. Ben's "just ok" when using a horizontal number line, but if I give him a rocket/plane example and have 0 on the ground and (whatever higher number) in the sky, he can visualize how high the rocket/plane is flying. He likes the visual one better.
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April 10th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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We had tried other ways, but what really solidified it for my little one was for her to think about which number comes first when she counts (and that's obviously the smaller number). After practicing that way for awhile, it has just become second-nature to her. This was after I was sure she could see two groups of objects and know which was bigger, though. I wanted to make sure she understood the concept first, and then I gave her a "trick." We focused on 0-9 first that way, and then introduced place value so she could easily figure out bigger/smaller beyond 10.
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April 11th, 2010, 08:02 PM
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Thank you sooo much ladies. I know that my dd is a visual learner, I just did not think to put it in a way for her to see the difference. I try to put everything else in a way for her to understand, because I know she is a visual learner. I just could not figure this one out.

Thanks sooooo much!!! Thanks
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