I think sometimes it just takes time. I and another friend had boys in Pre-Algebra in 10th grade. They just couldn't grasp it til then. I think you have to just slow down and let them take as long as is needed to grasp the concepts. I think if you persevere with whatever curriculum you think he understands the best he will eventually get it.deltagal wrote:Okay - I'm exaggerating. Math doesn't keep me up at night, but that may be the problem. My 13 yo son does not like math. He abhors it and will do anything he possibly can to avoid it. We were using Singapore, but it became more and more of a labor without love, so we used another curriculum for the last year. However, I would like to put him back into Singapore. I didn't run a placement test, but just picked up in the books where we left off a year ago, which was 4A the section on fractions. So, we're in 4A at present, but this young man is 13 and in 7th grade. Theoretically we should be in Saxon. When I talked to MFW about what to do. They were very encouraging, but they recommended of course working longer each day in Singapore. I simply can't get my 13 yo to do this. Even if he would work longer each day I don't know that it would benefit him. He seems SLOW to grasp the concepts. Any thoughts? I'm thinking about down the road, because it seems so difficult for him.
As an alternative, do you have someone who really loves math in your family who could tutor him? I have my father and a friend's father who could do that in a pinch. It really helps to have another perspective sometimes.
Actually I used Teaching Textbooks in the higher grades, which helps him some. I still have to go over alot with him. I have used Teaching Textbooks with all of my children after the lower levels. I have used Singapore, but I prefer Saxon at the lower levels with the consistent, constant drilling. It keeps me on track with lots of review. I have 2 boys who seem to do math easily and 3 that require some help. My Dad was great in Calculus, so they didn't get his genes I guess. They got my other side of the family!deltagal wrote:Mandi,
Thank you for your thoughts. I'm okay with moving slow, but MFW in a very loving way really felt strongly he should move along at a better clip. So, I'm trying to move him along. I'm the closest in the household there is to a math lover. Tell me about your son what grade and math is he in at this point. Did you go the Saxon route with him?
My oldest is in 11th grade and he is in Algebra 1 in Teaching Textbooks. He is maintaining a 76% average, which is great for him. I used to get frustrated with his lack of progress, but I am seeing that for him it is just not his strength. He loves to Evangelize and read his Word. He loves History and enjoys talk about Creation vs. Evolution with the neighbor boys. He feels like he would like to preach someday ( he already is in progress there.) So, that is why I am satisfied with his progress. If he goes to college, it will probably be a small Bible college that doesn't require rigorous math programs. That is our history.
I appreciate MFW and their wisdom - your son may need to move ahead in his case. They have years of experience more than I do. Every child is different. Thanks for asking.