Friday, December 3, 2010
No, I am more of a word girl. Give me a beautiful line of prose and I will be caught up for days. I can often remember - years after having read it the first time - the exact page number in books where a particularly moving scene can be found. I have quotes posted in unlikely (and likely) locations about the house. Still, as an semi-intelligent primate I recognize that math is important and one needs to have at least a basic understanding of it in order to function well in society.
But for the life of me, I can't understand why math is so difficult in our homeschool. And I know I'm not alone. Give me a room of homeschool moms and I can guarantee you that most of them will complain about math. Math curriculum, math facts, math drills ... or the lack thereof. And it's not limited to homeschoolers. In my circle of non-homeschool friends, most of the complaints regarding education revolve around math.
So I wonder - what IS it about math in America? Why aren't we more inspired by something that can be found in every aspect of life? And most importantly - how can I break this cycle for my children? I would love for my girls to fall in love with math. But if I'm honest, I'm not making that happen. They seem to be as uninspired by it as I am.
I haven't figured it out yet. But I'm working on it.