However, as he entered the 2nd term (July - Dec), his homework multiplies and gets tougher for him to solve. He started to 'keep' his homework aside despite warning from MIL and always waited for us to be back from work before he is willing to do. When I checked with him, he said he don't understand how to do them. One of the homework he dreaded to do is MATHS !
Previously, the sum are in smaller numbers. eg : 10 - 2 = ? ; 6 + 2 = ? whereby he can use his little fingers to count.
Now, the sum are getting bigger and he was unable to count them by using his little fingers anymore !
Yesterday, he brought back 2 pages of Maths workbook to solve. All the number given were big numbers.
Example No.1 )
46 - 13 = ?
In his school, the teacher taught the kids to count by drawing circles on the smaller number. Referring to the above sum, the kids are supposed to draw 13 circles. Then, countdown (descending) from no. 46 while cancel the circle one by one until all the 13 circles are being cancelled. The answer will be 33.
The problem here is, YX does not know how to count using the descending order. He only managed to mesmerized the ascending order. So, I helped him to draft out a table where he wrote the numbers from 10 - 50. By referring to the table, he don't have to think so hard on what number comes before what number and so forth.
He can only do this method at home, but what if during exam time ? He got nothing to refer. So, we tried another method. We taught him to break the number into two.
------------------We taught him to count the number separately (6 - 3) first, then only count (4 - 1). The numbers are small and he can use his fingers. He did very well. But, when it comes to number like.....
Example No.2 )
36 - 19
YX was unable to do the sum.
YX don't understand how to count 6 - 9 as he don't understand how to 'borrow' 10 from the front number which makes 6 = 16.
I was pulling my hair while explaining to him. I just don't have the patience to teach him while he just do not understand ! At the end, hubby help him with the maths while I accompany XJ to sleep. It was way passed his normal bedtime and he was still struggling with his maths homework. Even MIL sat next to him to help out a bit here and there.
In the bedroom, I suddenly thought of this post by All About Your Child. I'm glad I did not say that hurting word to him but I admit I did raised my voice. That post makes me think, maybe our methods are wrong ! Maybe we should think of other way to teach him to help him improve!
When I saw him sleeping soundly that night, I pitied him. I don't know why, but I just felt that way by looking at his innocent look. Whatever method we used to teach him, the most importance is Patience ! Patience ! Patience !