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March 4th, 2010, 10:06 PM
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I agree with PP - my hubby can calculate crazy fast in his head because he has his facts memorized. For me, they taught me how to count dots on the number and I feel it has done me a HUGE disservice. :/

With my kids, we work on concept until I'm SURE the concept is mastered, and then work on memorizing facts. Occasionally we go back and make sure the problems are still able to be worked with blocks or something, and we continue the entire time with word problems, but after a certain point it's about memorizing to make the NEXT step easier.

Maybe it's not necessary, but I really think it will make higher maths easier. Lots.

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