When our youngest daughter was in the first grade, she was having troubles with math. She wasn't failing. Lord, no. But she was having a little troubles with addition and subtraction.
Then, I decided to make a game out of her blood sugar checks.
Let's say we check her blood and her reading is: 145. I then ask her, "Okay, what's 1 plus 4 plus 5?"
She'll think and think . . . then say, "Ten!"
Yes! She is so proud of herself.
Now, so many months later, we still do it. It's a little game we play, which gets her to start thinking of addition in her head. There are times when she counts on her fingers. No problem. At least she's thinking about it.
And loves it!
Here's the cool part: it even gets her to remember what her blood sugar is afterwards too, later in the day.