Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Today made me realize that as the math work progresses, I may need to actually get a teacher's manual. Or maybe a book written to teachers - something like Math for Humans or what have you. Not because I can't figure the stuff out, but because sometimes I can't figure out how to tell my daughter how to figure it out without making it harder!! Up until now, it hasn't been much of a challenge. And practice makes perfect - my youngest two daughters are working well-ahead in math, whereas the oldest two... eh, not so much. They are both "on level" if you look at the grade levels on their books. Not that I care about grade level - I would actually prefer them to be "below" but truly understanding what they are doing than "ahead" any day.
It was bound to happen. I'm actually looking forward to when they can take some math classes at the local community college. I think hearing different approaches will be very helpful. I know many moms that sign up their children for homeschool writing, homeschool art, and so on. I distinctly remember a conversation with a mom explaining that because she felt she was a bad writer she didn't feel comfortable being the "sole provider" on the topic. I thought I got what she was saying... but now I really get it.