Sorry, I don't really have any advice, but I sure know how you feel. I am using a program that is totally scripted and tells you everything to say and do and I still wonder if I am doing it right half the time.2lilreds wrote:Iif you have been uncomfortable with teaching math, is there any resource that you've found helpful? For example, I have a hard time explaining place value. We are doing the beans, and the number of the day sheet, and all that good stuff, but when she doesn't understand, I don't know what to say. I am not worried that MFW doesn't do enough math; I am afraid that I don't know how to teach the math.

I've been wondering if I need to explain things better, or if simple repetition of the tasks that we're working on will lead to her understanding?

She seems to be OK with the workbook pages that we do. I can see that we're going to have to do some extra practice with odds and evens, for example, but once we went over it and worked on it together, she really seemed to understand. But, I could tell her, "If you can divide the number evenly, it's an even number. If not, it is odd." Then, we used our two-color circles to count them and see how it works.

I am probably babbling. I am worried that I am not teaching math well, and wondered if anyone else has felt that way? Is this feeling because I am a newbie homeschooler and probably math phobic? Or is there something I can do to be a better math teacher?

My dd is 6.5 and she did not really grasp place value either. She almost has it but not quite. I am using the other program b/c I already had it on hand. It is ok but it takes longer than I think it should (45mins -1hr a day) if I do all of the listed activities. Usually, I skip alot of it. But, then I feel bad and like my dd will suffer if I don't do it all. Oh well, HSing certainly isn't easy is it?

Karen