Why do these new math series make it so stinkin hard for kids to understand math!? I'm getting so frustrated and I'm only teaching 1st grade math!!!!! GRRRR! I just want addition to be addition and subtraction to be subtraction! Why is that so hard???? Addition is adding two or more groups together. Subtraction is taking things away from a group. THAT'S IT!!!! Why do they make it so much harder then that? My kids understand putting groups together and taking groups apart...but when I try following the math series they are lost! I understand that the series is trying to teach them strategies...but they are only in first grade!! There mind doesn't think that way! Only have about 3 kids that are grasping what the series is trying to teach! I don't know what to do!! I know that they will supposedly need the strategies in later grades...but isn't the real point that they CAN add and subtract??