10182009, 12:15 AM


How many problems can he handle at once? I have one child who will have a huge meltdown if he sees more than 1 or 2 on the page. I put 2 problems across each row on his paper, leave extra space between rows and cut strips so he only receives 2 at a time. The rest of the strips go into a folder and are numbered with the order he works them. The time it takes him to complete even one is three times anyone else, so obviously he finishes less, but that's OK.
Another thing I do with him is print on card stock with blocks drawn. After running the pages front and back with problem (1 in each block on each side of the paper, I can cut them out. He does so much better with the cards and finishes one, then flips the card to work the other. Gradually, I hope to be able to increase to two in a block and move on up from there. Same hope with the worksheet strips. We'll see what happens.
With the 2 X 2 problems, he had so much trouble that I used a template with 2 digit place value charts (small ones where I could add the X sign and a line under the problem. I didn't write ones and tens at the top, but just drew the lines and filled in the problem numbers. ....if that makes sense. It seems to help him, but we just started it so we'll see the longterm progress.
He doesn't know all his facts. Currently this child only knows (recall) 0,1, 2 and sometimes 5 and 10. The rest he spent 2 years in regular ed and never caught on. I know it's due to his skill level and not the teachers not making efforts to meet his level. They are both teachers I would want my own child to have.
We're still trying to tackle the one digit problems he doesn't know also. But the ones he does get, he can do those problems generally. It was the amount of problems and organization of the problem on paper that really tripped him up. He's gr 4 (repeater 3rd) just placed in EC last month. We're still working things out since he's been in there such a short time. I'm open to suggestions to on ways to help him make progress with this area.
