I have been working very hard on getting Beach to memorize some of her multiplication facts instead of working them out each time. I felt like it had to happen before we could move any further in 5th grade math. She was driving me nuts by holding conversations with herself containing way too many numbers and figures ending in the correct answers; how they were right I have no idea!?
Overall I would much rather her know how to get an answer than rely on memory but at some point you must have some fast working info to move along with. I put our math text on hold and started working on the times tables again. Skip counting, making up stories, using art, games, cards, everything I had.
It seemed like we had gained some ground so I put it to the test. Turns out my battle was more uphill than I could have imagined. Oh, she had memorized her math facts alright but with mixed results.
Today in math working on division (Hooked on Division, I absolutely love this program!!! Found it second hand for $2) for each problem she solved using a memories fact she would demand to know "But how did I know that?!" She even made me prove to her she was right. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen! It was as if she was fighting with her own brain. "Where are these answers coming from!" It makes her so uncomfortable.
And again this is the point where I say "You are very welcome" to the countless number of elementary teachers spared the aggravation of teaching my little funny Boo :)
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