He doesn’t just not like it. He hates it.
It’s not that he doesn’t understand the concepts either. He’s actually quite good at math. It’s just very hard for him to focus and stay engaged in a lesson.
What should take 20 minutes ends up taking three days and it just feels like I’m losing my mind over math. Lessons are usually a battle that involves tears, whining, and complaining.
I think I’m a pretty nice math teacher.
I don’t go crazy making him do every single problem. If he’s mastered something we move on. Sometimes we use flash cards instead of drill sheets and I even bought window markers so he could write his stinkin’ math problems on my sliding glass door!
This week he rode his scooter during multiplication practice outside. I held up the flash cards as he whizzed by with the answer. I know that he’s a boy and understand that he needs to move and wiggle.
I don’t make him sit a desk or in an uncomfortable chair. As long as the work is getting done he could sit on the roof of my house for all I care.
He never has to do every problem in the textbook. I usually just pick out the problems that are really important or I let him pick evens or odds. I know that the assignments are long and he’s a 9-year-old boy and oh my goodness it’s hard to keep him focused so I work with him. I’m not unreasonable!
We have DVD instruction to help when we hit a roadblock, but that doesn’t really seem to make as much difference as I was hoping it would.
It’s still a draining battle.
Most homeschooling moms will read this and immediately advise me to switch curriculum, but I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really want to.
We’ve been using the same math curriculum since preschool and I like it. Saxon Math has given him a strong foundation that I can see coming together now that he’s getting older. I don’t want to make a huge switch to something else when I really don’t think it will make much of a difference. It’s not the curriculum.
He just doesn’t like math.
He’d rather be painting or drawing or learning about history and the solar system. He’s a creative mind and math is just boring to him.
I get it, I do, but sometimes our kids need to learn that not every subject can be their favorite. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and get it done so you can move on to other subjects you enjoy more. I have tried to find ways to make it better for him, but nothing really seems to turn the tables.
After what feels like an entire month of banging my head against the wall and still coming up short, we’re taking a break. I seriously cannot handle the thought of waking up and doing one more math lesson that ends in World War III.
Yesterday we played math apps.
This morning we started talking about math and I began to sneeze and cough uncontrollably.
I think it’s best if we take another day.
What subject seems to cause the biggest headache in your home?
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