We continue to work on 2 step problems here with DD1. She is still struggling. We had very easy problems today. Even tho I had her act it out. I could see the sullen I'm so confused look on her face. This is a different expression from the sullen I don't want to do it look. Working with the problem I rephrased it made it a line drawing tried again in a more Visual Math Method. Once I did that consciousness began to dawn in her head.
Then she was able to actually understand what she is doing. (15 minutes per problem is a bit of a problem). So we went on to the next problem. yet again I got the blank sullen stare...
here it is in a nut shell you sell 500 hundred balloons 235 were yellow and 176 were blue, the rest were red. How many were Red?
DD1: "The Rest."
Ha ha ha ha shes right
Mom: Ok how many were Red?
DD1: I Don't Know!
this could go on for hours... I went into more detail but I could see. The learning train had left the station and she was not on it...
I tried it with pictures of balloons but she didn't want to wait for me to draw 500 balloons and have her cross out the various amounts... Then I had a memory flash in my mind of how scared I used to be of huge numbers Anything over 10 was HUGE so 235 and 176 were scaring her.
So I reworded it
you sold 5 balloons at the fair 2 were blue and 2 were yellow how many were Red?
DD1: One Mom... yes!
Mom: Now you sold 500 balloons at the fair 200 were blue and 200 were yellow. How many were Red?
DD1: 100 Mom... ok what did you do
DD1: well 2+2 is 4 and 5-4=1 same thing for hundreds
Mom: so do that same thing on the BIG SCARY numbers...
DD1: oh add the yellow and blue?
DD1: And then take the answer away from 500 to get Red balloons??
And that is how she did her word problems today 35 min later she had only done 2, two step word problems but hey she DID THEM!