I am not sure where this post belongs, because I am not sure that it is caused by a learning disability, just more general stuggling learner. What do you do when a child just hits a wall with a topic?

My Kindergarten dd hit a wall with long vowels and I tried half a dozen resources, repetition, time off, and nothing seemed to help at all. Then one day she woke up and could read. Probably it is a good thing, because boy was this an act of God's grace and not my own effort! At least I will try to remember that when teaching the future kids. Oddly, she still really stuggles with the phonics rules. Decoding FSR book D is harder than reading Little Bear.

Now she is stuck in math. She does not get place value. Just does not get it. I have reminded her. We count to 100 every day. I have demonstrated on math manipulatives. She admits that she would be mad if I gave her two MMs instead of twenty, so she has some sense of quantity difference if she thinks about it. But she sees 41 and says "it is a four and a one." Other times she confuses the tens and ones place. We have been going over and over and over this since last year, but she is still not connecting the words to any reality. So my question is, when you hit a spot where progress has just ground to a halt, what do you do? Should I be looking for new ways to explain the topic? Should I take a break from math? Should I try to find other topics to teach that don't deal in high numbers? Am I waiting for her mind to mature or do she need more repetitions? I have to admit this is really difficult for me in math. I like math. She is her fathers daughter and he hates math. They are extremely concrete thinkers, not abstracters. Dd take metaphors so seriously. (The baby hit a wall at the park? Did it hurt? How does a wall have anything to do with naptime?) My dh left school with a terrible attitude about math, and I am desperate not to have that repeated in my children. I do not want to teach her that math is a set of memorized parlor tricks with no basis in understanding. But now I have used up my bag of tricks and I am not sure how to proceed. How do you handle situations where there seems to be a hang up in understanding? Do you take a break even with a core subject? Do you repeat? If yes, do you go over and over and over the same lessons? Do you have them memorize something that they don't "get"? Do you try to find lots of different ways to explain and hope that something eventually clicks? Any thoughts on how to proceed?

Lena

My Kindergarten dd hit a wall with long vowels and I tried half a dozen resources, repetition, time off, and nothing seemed to help at all. Then one day she woke up and could read. Probably it is a good thing, because boy was this an act of God's grace and not my own effort! At least I will try to remember that when teaching the future kids. Oddly, she still really stuggles with the phonics rules. Decoding FSR book D is harder than reading Little Bear.

Now she is stuck in math. She does not get place value. Just does not get it. I have reminded her. We count to 100 every day. I have demonstrated on math manipulatives. She admits that she would be mad if I gave her two MMs instead of twenty, so she has some sense of quantity difference if she thinks about it. But she sees 41 and says "it is a four and a one." Other times she confuses the tens and ones place. We have been going over and over and over this since last year, but she is still not connecting the words to any reality. So my question is, when you hit a spot where progress has just ground to a halt, what do you do? Should I be looking for new ways to explain the topic? Should I take a break from math? Should I try to find other topics to teach that don't deal in high numbers? Am I waiting for her mind to mature or do she need more repetitions? I have to admit this is really difficult for me in math. I like math. She is her fathers daughter and he hates math. They are extremely concrete thinkers, not abstracters. Dd take metaphors so seriously. (The baby hit a wall at the park? Did it hurt? How does a wall have anything to do with naptime?) My dh left school with a terrible attitude about math, and I am desperate not to have that repeated in my children. I do not want to teach her that math is a set of memorized parlor tricks with no basis in understanding. But now I have used up my bag of tricks and I am not sure how to proceed. How do you handle situations where there seems to be a hang up in understanding? Do you take a break even with a core subject? Do you repeat? If yes, do you go over and over and over the same lessons? Do you have them memorize something that they don't "get"? Do you try to find lots of different ways to explain and hope that something eventually clicks? Any thoughts on how to proceed?

Lena

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