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March 7th, 2010, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Tweetybabies View Post
I'm kinda in the middle. I don't believe in memorization of the basic facts for the memorization alone. I want my kids to understand the concept behind the addition and subtraction. I don't mind the finger adding, in the beginning. But the more frequently they do math problems, the more they see a pattern and begin to remember the basic math facts.

I do math drills with my son. I give him a sheet of addition or subtraction problems and he tries to beat the clock. He loves it when he can. And when he can't, he'll just try better next time. I don't make him simply recite math facts just so he can do it. There's no meaning behind it then.

I hope that makes sense!
That is how I feel. I think the memorization is important as well as an understanding the concept behind how you get that answer.
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