Who's Fault? Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.
A lot of effort goes in generating printable maths lessons for children of all ages. Equations have been a source of great confusion for most children and these can be easily learnt by solving the worksheet pages. The worksheets can also be prepared according to the needs of the child. The customised work papers can have a limited number of problems, a predicted font size and a topic of interest.