Solving math problems by counting on your fingers is frowned upon and was once thought to reflect low intelligence, but that’s not the case.
Many kids with a tactile approach to learning benefit from touching their fingers to help them problem solve.
I say let them do what works for them.
With a tremendous amount of practice, they’ll get to the point where the information can be accurately retrieved from their memory banks when they need it.
The same concept applies to using a calculator. In order to end up with the correct answer, they have to key in the right numbers and perform the operations in the correct sequence.
Visual and kinesthetic senses support their thinking skills.
Allowing kids to use a calculator to check their math homework or outrightly do it when it’s getting late will support their learning process. They’ll be less resistant to doing homework if they can have some support.
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