01062021, 07:34 AM


I think it depends on the teacher and the math program they are using.
Back in the day I would NEVER have let a student use a tool. My philosophy was you needed to know it by the test.
Now thinking has shifted in the math world and the focus is "meet them where they're at". Does it matter if they can't do it in their head or through an equation as long as they know the answer? The goal is to get then to the standard. Some standards don't require the "old" way. Example:. 4th grade Common Core does not require students to know the standard algorithm for division. That's a shift. So using tools, pictures, graphs, number lines, whatever is perfectly fine.
I would ask the teacher and also spend some time looking at the standards your DD is expected to know just so you can be informed and help her.
