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I've taught eighth grade (13-14 year-old kids) algebra for 28 years. The kids who arrive at middle school not knowing their basic multiplication facts are very unlikely to succeed in math in high school. Those facts are fundamental to everything from multiplication to division to fractions to factoring polynomials. They don't really understand any of these ...


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It sounds like he needs drills, and if he thinks he's bad at it the drills need to be fun. We have some tablet math drill games that our kids (7 & 8) really like. Ours are Lakeshore Learning, but you can check out TuxMath and GCompris (for Linux) or ask the teacher for suggestions. Our kids are not way behind but they need some more support. We have ...


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It's tough not to speak the language of your child's school instruction. But there is a very helpful tool out there! Dutch speaking kids have the possibility to use rekentuin, or 'calculating garden' for learning basic mathematical operations. It's made like a game, you have four flowers (one for each operation) and as you answer questions, the flowers grow. ...


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I don't know what the school system is like where you are, but I suggest talking to the school and finding out if there are ways he can be taught different approaches to math - whether that means a different teacher who has a different approach, or some outside help. Math is very hard to learn if you're not taught in a way that makes sense to you, and ...


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You have probably already discovered this by now, but the great thing about being taught at home by your mother, is you can introduce formal schooling at the child's own pace. You don't have to suddenly flip a switch where one day the child is playing at home all day, and the next he is sitting in a classroom all day. The activities you do now to prepare ...



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