His arithmetic skills are awesome but when presented with a math story problem, he falls apart, helpless. No matter how many times I suggest that he read the problem carefully. note down the givens. assign names to intermediate and final values. form equations. activate his Kumon engine (brain), he just can't get past the read_the_problem_carefully step.

Books _ Among the dozen or so math word_problem books of note published in the past decade, one, written by Mary Jane Sterling, from a well_known, popular brand of information books, which I'm unable to name here, stands out. The publisher has put a decent chunk of the book online at books.Google.com (go to books.google.com and search for sterling word problems).

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