Hi,

I have a 5th grader who is having trouble retaining math formulas. We have been using MUS Epsilon and she is just so bogged down in all the methods for solving fractions. Whenever we get to the “review” workbook pages (D,E,F) she (and admittedly sometimes me too) have to go back and try to remember all the different ways they are asking her to solve the fractions.

I know that MUS is really focused on the foundations and the “why” of what they are doing. It also seems like they want the child to have several options on how to solve. I love how through the program is and for my 2nd grader who loves all things math, its a dream. It’s just not working and I feel like we have lost an entire year. She understands fundamentally what she’s doing, she just can’t remember how to solve it without a cheat sheet of the operations.

Should I choose one way to solve each (addition, subtraction, multiple and divide) and just tell her to solve them that way every time, ignoring when the book asks her to use a different method? Any way to make sure she retains the knowledge from this year and can move forward without being confused?

Any recommendations for next year? I think a less in depth program for her where she can memorize a formula without all the “why.” In a perfect world, math would click for everyone, but I can see now, it will never be a strong point for her and it makes it more frustrating to keep trying to teach her in several ways. She wants a basic way to solve it and move forward, and that’s ok with me