Our hybrid school has had an influx of new homeschoolers who were previously in public school. Does anyone have an inside scoop on what in the world these children have been doing for math these past years? I am bewildered and stunned. These are students who have just completed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades last spring, and parents reported that they do "lots of math every day" and they are all "very strong in math."

My experience is that these children cannot do the most basic of arithmetic. I can somewhat understand the first graders would not yet be fluent in facts, but those who have completed 2nd and 3rd cannot do their 1-18 addition and subtraction facts AT ALL, without counting every single time. Doing just a few 2-digit addition problems took them an eternity, and during our first week, they were in tears having to complete just one lesson of R&S.

Anyway, all are doing much better after a lot of practice and drilling, and flash cards sent home imploring parents to practice. Parents were stunned, as they were told that their kids had "fluency" with their facts. I think that "fluency" does not mean what they thought it meant.

So I am just curious...what DOES math look like in these primary grades, with a Common Core curriculum? I don't understand how students are able to do any math at all if it takes them 5 minutes to figure out 12-7 ? I would love to understand this, so as to better prepare for students in the future who may make the switch.

Thanks!

My experience is that these children cannot do the most basic of arithmetic. I can somewhat understand the first graders would not yet be fluent in facts, but those who have completed 2nd and 3rd cannot do their 1-18 addition and subtraction facts AT ALL, without counting every single time. Doing just a few 2-digit addition problems took them an eternity, and during our first week, they were in tears having to complete just one lesson of R&S.

Anyway, all are doing much better after a lot of practice and drilling, and flash cards sent home imploring parents to practice. Parents were stunned, as they were told that their kids had "fluency" with their facts. I think that "fluency" does not mean what they thought it meant.

So I am just curious...what DOES math look like in these primary grades, with a Common Core curriculum? I don't understand how students are able to do any math at all if it takes them 5 minutes to figure out 12-7 ? I would love to understand this, so as to better prepare for students in the future who may make the switch.

Thanks!

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