11 October, 2010
AAACCCKKKKK!!!!!!!!!! That woman over there banging her head against a wall? That's me, trying to teach one of my children how to count money. This is math curriculum #5 since we started teaching this certain child several years ago. Yes, yes, yes, i know, DON'T CHANGE MATH CURRICULUMS!!!! EVER!!!! Horizons moved WAY to fast, MathUSee to slow and too far behind where this child needed to be, ACE didn't even sink in at the most basic level, and i can't even remember what other ones we tried. I think we finally found the one that works, however, it takes me sitting beside said child (named omitted to retain child's dignity) and carefully explaining each concept, step by step. Over and over and over and over and over............Every so often i leave the room, clutching my head and wishing i could take a long walk on a short plank. And God forbid i EVER show a trace of impatience in my voice or the child will dissolve into tears.....i think we will do a ceremony of tossing the book out the window when we're finished. However, math needs to be learned, come what may and so help me God, WE WILL FINISH!!! Having said all that, i do like the math we're doing this year. It's basic, nothing fancy, and black and white. It's nothing professing christian, but i figure you can get only so spiritual about 1+1, although there is nothing obnoxious that i've seen so far. It's also inexpensive and it's mastery, not spiral learning, which is a MUST for this dear, math handicapped child of mine. MCP. Modern Curriculum Press. And through the tears and head clutching, our heart strings are tied together yet some more as we slay this math dragon. So there you have it, a homeschool moment in the Weaver household.