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If you have a child in first, second, or third grade can you tell me what you are covering this year?
Also, does anyone know of free math resources online? Even if it's just a list of topics by grade level. We've used mathxl a bit.
Nothing I bought for math this year worked out at all, and I really can't spring for anything new right now. I've just been putting together my own program for them. It's going pretty well, but I'm afraid I'm missing some topic or another and messing them up for next year.
They're in first and second grade, although I've bumped them up one grade level in most subjects.
They can both add and subtract two and three digit numbers (Beth a bit better of course.) They know their multiplication tables, and how to tell time. They already knew patterns and greater/less than from last year. I've tried to cover money and they are so bad at it, lol. I don't know what the issue is, but that one is a work in progress.
Any other suggestions? I may work on place value next. Math is so not my thing...
I'll look back through Leo's book from last year, but have you worked with them on place value? Geometry? Graphs? You can start to move to simple Algebra too. I can't remember off the top of my head now, lol.
Money is a pain for us too, lol. No clue why. But it's gotten much better, thankfully.
Have you covered measurement (is a piece of paper 8 inches, 8 feet, or 8 miles wide) and simple fractions (1/2, 1/4, 1/3, and how those are figured out with a picture)? How are they at remembering math facts (timed tests)? Those are the big ones I remember from teaching second grade Saxon math in public school.
Money is a tough concept for kids, just keep practicing, what each coin is valued and counting a cup of coins every day. It will come.
"They say" (who is "they" anyway??) that kids really can't comprehend money until they're around 8. Ben is accelerated in math, too, but money has always been his weak spot. He can practice one day and have forgotten it the next time I ask him about it.
We're using Life of Fred right now, so it's kinda all over the place. What you're doing sounds perfect to me. Here are some free options, though: