Sunday, August 17, 2008


Yesterday my husband set C up with a subtraction chart. She filled in the answers (including the negative answers), and then I quizzed her on her (positive) subtraction facts. She's accurate but a little slow, so we'll need to keep quizzing her periodically until her speed improves. C is interested in doing a multiplication chart.

In other news, she's read enough books to collect a prize from the Barnes and Noble summer reading program. With all the different programs she's done this summer, she's made out like a bandit. In general, I'm very comfortable with incentives for unpleasant tasks (room cleaning) or for mastering new material (phonics, math facts), but I don't like non-book incentives for reading. There is a slippery slope, and it's easy to slide on it, especially during the summer. (C got a pool trip for finishing The Hobbit, and she was also required to read chapters to earn the right to play electronic games.)

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