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Subject: My 5th grader is struggling with math & science!!
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I don't home school, so hope no one minds me posting here for some help.  I know you all can be the most helpful though!

My 5th grader is struggling terribly in math & science.  Can anyone suggest books that I can get for us to work on at home.??

Subject: WE LIKED
Date Posted: 11/4/2009 3:40 PM ET
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Any of  the Key to books, There is a Key to fractions, A Key to Percent etc..

You might try this web site, they are redoing it so sometimes it doesn't work.

http://www.dositey.com/math34.htm    or this,    http://www.themathpage.com/ARITH/arithmetic.htm


Date Posted: 11/11/2009 9:16 PM ET
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I totally agree!

The Key to books are great.

My oldest is 13 and struggled with learning for years. She has no learning disorders but is just a little slower at catching on to things. I'm the same way yet I do have dyslexia.

The thing is to try to work math into every day life. Cooking, board games & stuff like that make math real & fun.

If you are getting worn out workin with her let your husband or someone else take over.

As for Science . . . it isn't for everyone! lol I'm bored to death with it. Try searching on Youtube for some Bill Nye, Mr. Wizards World & other cool science tv shows. All 3 of my kids love Science. Personally I find it boring. lol

Date Posted: 11/13/2009 2:46 AM ET
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What exactly is s/he struggling with - concepts, performing related tasks, boredom, etc?  Knowing specifics will help is deciding what would be helpful.

Good for you for looking for ways to support your learner!

Subject: I agree!!
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:58 PM ET
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The Key to Math books are absolutely wonderful! Simple straight to the point math!! Love 'em!!!

My son has struggled with math since 2nd grade, now in 9th we're using the Key to Math series for Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. He's getting it!!! I'm thrilled! Next we'll begin their Algebra books. 

I wish I would have found this a long time ago!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 8:00 PM ET
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A science series I use with my LD students, but that is a regular education textbook is the Prentice Hall Science Explorer series.  All the main ideas are bolded, and its at a sixth grade reading level, unlike most science books that are written much higher.  If he is really struggling, there is an adapted workbook that goes with it that I reccomend.

You can also look into AGS and Pacemaker publishing, though those are typically used with remedial students.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:46 PM ET
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Do you mean these books when you say Key To ?


I love science and actually got my degree in it. I recommend making it fun for him. I recommend things that will allow for experiments. There are tons of experimental ideas out there and you can get a notebook that will help keep track of data. Find anything science based - weather, physics, biology, ecology - anything that you can take field trips too for learning. When it's not freezing out - get a book of local fauna (plants) and notebook, plastic bags and go on hiking trips to find as many plants that you can. Bring em home and then have your child identify them.
Add art feature to it and dry the plants and mount them on boards - just like biologists do.

Science is one of THE easiest things you can teach your child b/c its in everyday life. If you need other ideas, ask me - I just Love science. :)

Last Edited on: 1/6/10 2:53 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/21/2010 12:26 PM ET
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For math help I highly recommend Understanding Mathematics, from counting to calculus, by Keith Kressin. It's for all grades and is easy to understand.

ISBN: 9780965730013



Subject: Math U See
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:42 AM ET
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We use Math U See and my son who is 6th grade is finally "getting" it. It might be something for your son too.