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I'm sure that will grant me some carte blanche. ;-)

A thread had developed at Hunzi's Ironing Board about our little ones and it was suggested that I could mine some minds here, so here's the deal. I am the overly proud father of a 9 year old girl who seems to be following right in dear old dad's footsteps with regards to math. She's struggling with her times tables and telling time. I don't expect her to be doing advanced geometry at this point, but I'm mildly concerned that if she doesn't master these basics, it will set a pattern of frustration for her in the not too distant future. Texas also has the infamous TAAS testing system (which I'm still trying to figure out, as a native of Washington State) so there's a bit of pressure on to learn the rudiments. So, as a non-teacher, who sometimes doesn't display the requisite patience, even though I love her to pieces, what do you suggest as effective techniques to help her along? I'm a firm believer that we've foisted far too much onto the public school system and that we, as parents, have a large and usually neglected obligation to teach as much as we can at home so that we can at least supplement what many of you are doing day in and day out for precious little respect, not to mention pay.

Enough butter for ya? ;-) I welcome your insights so that the wife and I can charge ahead.


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