"If your child is ahead and getting bored, work with the school to see
whether your child could go with older class for math. I did that and it
worked fine. See how it would work for your child and for their school. By
the time I graduated high school, I had some college credits completed -
without having to pay for them! P.S. Homeschooling may be the best
solution for customized learning for your gifted child.
"My son is far ahead of this. He is doing double digit multiplication, and
division. He is also starting to work with exponents and adding and
subtracting fractions. I was worried his school was not staying up on
standards because they are just starting multiplication and he is way
ahead, but according to this and other sites this seems to be the norm to
start multiplication in 3rd grade. What do I do now that he is so far
ahead and getting bored?
"http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3 has good practice on it. (
"i love this it make me learn "
"A couple of people have asked for websights that help with math skills;
they should put the skill and the age of the student into a Google search.
That way they can get the proper help. I also recommend after school
programs, flashcards and doing all their homework. There is also a
websight called Wizeant that can help them find a tutor in their area!"
"My third grader was introduced to times tables this fall.....however they
moved through them so fast, and my son was already falling behind on
mastering the tests. To date, he's only managed to pass his 3x test. And
since they got back from Christmas break, they're already onto long
division, before most of the kids have even mastered multiplication! The
pace is ridiculous. It's like they just skim the surface and move on,
whethere the kids have absorbed it or not!"
"Some of the questions asked are great questions. Is there a website I can
go to, to see what the answer were to some of the questions so I do not
have to ask the same questions?"
"I would like to know what free websites would you recommend for third
grade math practice including timed math practice ."
"i want some websites that can help me with 3rd grade maths"
"i want my 3rd grader to be real good in maths ,i want some free websites
that can help me with it"
"That is wonderfull website and helps a lot. I would like my Third Grader
will be ahead of his math. Where I can get FREE web sites that I can find
math problems for the 3rd and 4th graders."
"Your articles are great. Where can I find the math problems to help my grandson with on the computer. Do you have any links I can go to.
"I find your e-mail is very informative! As a former Director of an International School, I wish I could of sent out 2-mails of which we didn't fifteen years ago. No I can keep on top of my Grandsons' schooling in Grades 1 & 3!
"Our school starts multiplication and division in the Second grade -- they take timed tests and have to finish 40 problems in 5 min or less to be advanced proficient. Third grade they continue with addition/subtraction 100 in less than 5mins, and mulitpilication/division and geometry (area and perimeter). "
"Thank you for the useful web site.
I'm up here in Maine and my dear granddaughter is in Jupiter. The site is helpful for me to be able to know what she is studying in school and for me to help encourage her."
"Thank God for this website and this newsletter...
You guys really make it ten times easier for a busy, single, very concerned parent like myself to stay above the water and ahead of the game. You've helped me pick the best school for my son, and now you are helping me stay on top of the game as far as his learning standards and expectations overall on a third grade level are concerned.
Having a career sometimes limits you to the amount of time you are able to spend at your child's school. The use of this website works hand-in-hand with the school and myself to make sure I, as his mom, am on the same page where it comes to my son's education and standard of learning; only two of the most important and valuable aspects of child rearing...
Thank you.., Thank you.., a thousand times, Thank you!
"Great article! I am so pleased because my son is right on target and was working on some of the concepts at the end of second grade. Our school is an A+, America's Choice school and I'm very pleased with everything there. It is very helpful to know what expectations are for third grade. I love getting a little start on things at home. The more knowledgeable I am of the curriculum the better teacher I can be at home. Thank you."
"This article is very helpful. If I know what they are learning or will be learning, it will be easier to take everyday situations and help her learn with them."
"NO calculators. I went through this with my son (now 43) and I see the battle coming up with my 3rd-grader granddaughter. Or I should say, with her teachers. I never fought with my son over this. Rule was simple: No, you will not take a calculator to school. Not in the second grade. Time will come, in high school, after learning and understanding fundamentals, including square and cubic roots, when a calculator and a computer will be the right tools to use in learning the application of basic math concepts."
"the use of calculators is similar to the use of computers. when used appropriately, it is a powerful tool that allows students to begin discovering mistakes with his/her own mental mathematics. if a calculator is used inappropriately (for every single problem) it can cause damage. the same goes for a computer. if students just surf the web, it isn't a helpful tool, but if students are forced to research and focus on educational areas, the computer is a powerful tool. no one complains about the use of computers (which are misused much more than calculators may i add.)we say that students need to be familiar with the computer before 7th grade. imaging that a student has never seen or touched a computer before 7th grade. they will be behind. same with calculators. TI has designed different calculators that when used appropriately build student knowledge so that they can used a TI-84 graphing calculator without any problems. If a student doesn't touch a calculator unti!
l 7th grade, then he/she will be behind mathematically. All technology can be misused. In the same sense all technology (we begin introducing calculator skills in the first grade appropriately because scientifically based research shows that it helps prepare students for upper level math such as Geometry, Trig, and Calculus)can help our society grow. I bet the person who invented the cell phone probably began using the calculator way before 7th grade....no one complains about that."
"have you ever been to the grocery store and the clerk forgot to put in that you gave her a 10.00 and the change due is not on the screen? i (being raised in an anit-calculator family) can usually calculate the change before they FIND their calculator. the concept as WELL as the math skills are equally important."
"It is my personal opinion that kids should not being allowed to use calculators 'till more advance grades or more complex operations. Also I will discourage the use of fingers to resolve simple sums. At least, as a first choice."
"Calculators should NOT be used in elementary school, period. Kids need to learn the basics BEFORE technology. Technology can fail and without the basics, so will kids if and when technology does fail. Did you ever go into a grocery store and watch a cashier under age 25 or so try to calculate the proper change without the use of the register? They can't do it and that is a travesty for our young."
"I know that I have email you before, but I have to say it again, THANK YOU!!!! Your website has helped me so much and given me so much insight on what my child needs to know and what he should be learning. I was totally lost before. I was looking and not finding the answers to my questions. Thanks again. From a grateful Mom"
"Planes have auto-pilot too, so why teach pilots to fly? Just because a technology exists doesn't mean learning it the 'hard way' is senseless. Until we embed calculators in kids' wrists they will need basic math skills for everyday reasoning. A calculator doesn't teach reasoning. Kids seem to have 5+ hours a day to watch TV yet some parents want to spare them the 'pain' of learning the basics?? I'm glad these were not my parents!!"
"It's not right to deny children
the means of technology. The concept is understood even if the equation is calculated for them. We live in a different generation why is it wrong? Why was the last generation so right? There are so many learning curves we are now aware of. It can help a child feel comforted to know that they can keep up with the rest of the class,despite their learning disabilities. Gives self-esteem, encourages participation,and brings everyone together in the same level of knowledge with no one left behind. IT IS NOT LIKE THERE WILL EVER BE A TIME IN LIFE THEY WONT HAVE ACCESS TO ONE.