Once you have a scope and sequence book, make a list of each area in math that he needs to work on for the school year. For example for grades three and four, by the end of the year in subtraction, your child should be able to: _ Solve vertical and horizontal computation problems _ Review subtraction of 2 numbers whose sums would be 18 or less _ Subtract 1_ or 2_digit number from a 2_digit number with/without renaming _ Subtract 1_, 2_, or 3_digit numbers from 3_ and 4_digit number with/without renaming _ Subtract 1_, 2_, 3_, 4_, or 5_digit number from a 5_digit number
Who's Fault? _ Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.