As some of you will already know DD, 6, who seemed quite advanced with numbers before she went to school has been struggling ever since (probably when her teacher told her to stop using her fingers

). DD finds it difficult to relate mathematical ideas eg she can count to 100 in twos, but last night brought home a note saying that whilst she could double 1-5 and 10 she couldn't double 6, 7, 8 and 9. Is she supposed to be able to do that at this stage (Year 1)and how do I explain it to her? I'm going to try saying go up with your twos whilst recording them on your fingers under the desk until you reach the number she wants doubling, but clearly there must be better strategies!! I tried Googling, admittedly it was late last night, but couldn't find anything which told me what they were supposed to be able to do when...

I've found some great online interactive resources eg interactive number lines, number bonds etc and a doubling game (that only went up to 5!

) but I wondered if anyone had any tips in how to explain basic ideas so that she can relate them. IMHO she's quite intelligent, but has no idea re maths! For example, I tried explaining that 8 was one more than 7 so there were two so it would be two more than 2x7 OK, Ok, writing it down I can see why she'd be completely lost!!

This morning we cheated as she has a good memory so I just told her to remember that 2 x 6 = 12 and 2x7= 14. Not good practice I know, but I was desperate!!

Any tips or suggestions for resources gratefully received. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say which ones I've found already?

Edit: have just found Ann and Addem's dartboard!! My main query is really about explaining very basic maths concepts.