Someone please explain to me why my dd7 can tell you off the top of her head that the difference between 270 and 259 is 11 and that half of 11 is 5 1/2 but must use her fingers to tell me what 5+2 is. Please.
I thought I was comfortable with what I was doing for math. I really did. I tried too many math programs with her when she was too young. We blew through most of RS level B. We finished MUS Alpha and part of Beta. We tried Horizons. We went through Singapore 1B and most of 2a. Yes, we did most of that in kindergarten. She Loved math right up until she hated it.
She cries at the sight of the MUS blocks. She marks a giant X across workbook pages. She would skip all meals and fun and stay in her room for much longer than I could allow just to balk at math. So I backed off. I read about delaying math. We played math games. Over time, of course I relaxed even more. We quit playing math games. I dropped math in favor of waiting.
However, I see that she is forgetting the facts that used to come so easy to her. She knows the concepts, but not the facts. So 270 - 259. Really. How can she do this? If I add in facts practice, where do I start? What do I use? Do I try to start a math program again? Which one? Would waiting be worse than starting again? Or would starting again destroy any chance she has of eventually learning to love it again? Help.