Top of the Class, but... For seven years I've watched my beautiful son hunched over Kumon math worksheets. He finds little enjoyment from them and I'd rather see him chasing butterflies. They've certainly helped his Math performance at school __ he's top of his class, but I wonder if the effort has been worth it in the big scheme of things. He's currently solving about 100 polynomials per day. Man, he can really solve polynomials, and fast. But for what? His arithmetic skills are awesome but when presented with a math story problem, he falls apart, helpless. No matter how many times I suggest that he _ read the problem carefully, note down the givens, assign names to intermediate and final values, form equations,activate his Kumon engine (brain), he just can't get past the read_the_problem_carefully step.
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