I don't know if anyone remembers all my worrying about word problems last year but today Catherine and I encountered the first ones in Primary Math 5A. I had been dreading them. Last year we were working through Primary Math 3 and despite some brights spots we never got a firm handle in them. To make the jump to 5? didn't seem promising.
We finished them in 15 minutes today. These were two and three part questions, far beyond what we'd worked last year but Catherine seemed to have a much easier time.
Perhaps the problems last year had little to do with barmodels or algebra or anything involving math. Perhaps it was a reading comprehension problem and once she took her big reading leap in March and began working on her skills she was on the road to having an easier time decyphering word problems.
We'll see...But for now I'm pleased.