5th grade addition and subtraction
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    Porcupyne is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Hi. This is our first day using T4L and my son is already frustrated. We started with addition and subtraction in the fifth grade level, which should have been easy. The numbers in the problems were very large and, as my child solved the problem from right to left, he had to keep hitting the backspace key to enter the next digit of his answer. So frustrating, especially since the numbers are not lined up well at all. How do other folks do this? Does your child copy all the problems on a separate sheet of paper and then transpose his answer or is there a way to print out the problems in the lesson so that there is no copying involved?

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    we did that lesson today also! My son was thinking the answers in his head and didn't like when he put a number, it moved it all the way to the left instead of where it belonged, to the right. So I got paper out and he started doing them on paper and then entering his answer. That was a longggg lesson. We just started in Jan but I had him start at the beginning of the math lessons as review and today's lesson was the longest we have spent on math. I was shocked since I thought adding/subtracting, he would breeze right through, but there were alot of problems and the numbers were huge. So it was great practice (even though he wasn't happy). We have always done the quiz same day as the lesson, but today, the quiz will have to be done tomorrow. He was burnt out!

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    But let me add, My 5th grade son and K son are both LOVING T4L! I do too! I can't help but sit and watch the lessons, they are so entertaining. Also, they are both being so independent and I am NOT used to that. I have pretty much sat one-on-one with my 5th grader last year and this 1st semester. With T4L, they are doing wonderful!!!!!

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    I remember really appreciating that feature when my kids were younger. I had wondered how they would ever learn to do math from right to left without writing it on paper. We are accustomed to just typing things out quickly on a computer but, when doing math, it really does help to slow down and "work" the problem, instead of having a "just-type-in-the-answer" mentality. I ended up feeling this was a really well-thought-out aspect of the program.

    You could have him copy them and do them on paper, but he would still have to type them "backwards" on the computer. After going through Time4Learning math, my younger kids definitely never forget to start in the ones' column! (My older ones, who did "paper" math, were always having that problem.)

    I hope thinking of it that way helps alleviate the frustration a bit.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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