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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Math, How I Loathe Thee


This week, we're talking about numbers on the Virtual Curriculum Fair.  I always hated math when I was in school, ever since timed multiplication tables in Mrs. Perez's 3rd grade class.  I was the kid stuck on 3s when everyone else was doing 6s and 7s.

I've tried not to pass along my own biases to my kids, but none of them really enjoy math, either.  Some programs we've tried have been better than others, though.

online programs
CTC Math - Eli used this program here at home, and when he got to high school, he kept saying, "I already learned this."  I love the advantage that gave him, so Jack is using CTC this year.  Here's our more recent review.
LearnBop
IXL.com
Standard Deviants Accelerate
Time 4 Learning

book programs
A Beka
Math U See

workbook programs
Math Lifepacs
Math PACEs

math games and enrichments
Sunya
dice games
Valentine Math
Super Teacher Worksheets
Xtra Math - basic operations online drill
Multi-bandz bracelets
Times Tales visual learners story based multiplication


Whether math is the subject your kids want to do first, or whether it's a necessary evil, it's nice to have many options to choose from and be able to get the best fit possible for your child.

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about Discovering Patterns: Math and the Mathematical Sciences this week:

Finding Our Math Equilibrium: Our Plan for 11th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd Grades + Free Printables! by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Math Resources and Programs for All Ages by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Math (doesn't) Stink! by Jennifer King @A Peace of Mind
When Math is NOT Your Thing by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays
Math U See and All the Supplements by Laura H @ Four Little Penguins
Discovering Patterns in Our World: STEM Studies by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Junior High Math by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Science & Math for Struggling Learners by Yvie @ Gypsy Road
Maths: a subject in progress by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Taking Mathematics out of the Textbook by Dana Hanley @ Roscommon Acre
Maths for a Very Maths-y Boy by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Practical Math by Annette @ A Net in Time
One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Math, How I Loathe Thee by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Math and Logic in Early Elementary and Preschool {virtual curriculum fair 2017} by Meghan W @ Quiet In The Chaos
Low Stress High School Science and Math by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Are these toys or manipulatives? This is math? by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully
When You Don't Have a Math Plan by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Clear Horizons by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
A Few Thoughts on Teacher Math by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

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20 comments:

  1. We are not huge math fans around here either.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. I love the way God gave us different strengths. It's probably good that we're not ALL artsy/creative or ALL analytical/scientific. Makes the world so much richer to have both. :)

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  2. I despise upper math. Thank God for my husband!

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    1. I've often said, "Go ask Daddy/sister/brother if they can help you with this." I don't want to have to re-learn it.

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  3. I learned enough math to get my A's in school, and then promptly forgot most of it. My challenge right now is a kid who "gets" math, but "hates" it. *sigh*

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    1. The hard part is answering the "when am I ever really going to use this?" question. Because the best answer I've been able to come up with so far is, "When you're homeschooling your kids," and they're not impressed with that one.

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  4. I always enjoyed math - everything was like a fun game for me - and my husband has a math degree, so it will be interesting to see if our daughter is as excited about it as we are!

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    1. That's awesome! Even if she doesn't enjoy it, at least you guys are well equipped to help her with it!

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  5. We LOVE math...for advanced learners, there is Beast Academy from Art of Problem Solving and for all learners there's also the Life of Fred series by Stan Schmidt...these are often overlooked, but are two of our favs

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    1. I've heard good things about Life of Fred, but I've never tried it. :)

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  6. Thanks for the list of resource options! - Lori

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    1. No problem, Lori! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  7. So much hating on math, lol! I think sometimes it's helpful to focus on what you can do with it and how that's helpful in life. My oldest, for instance, came to realize that if he wanted to be able to efficiently program computer games, he needed to learn trigonometry. That was a carrot he needed to get him to apply himself to algebra 2. ;)

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    1. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it's a bunch of creative homeschooling writers talking about math. We use the other side of our brains more.

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  8. I always loved math but I must say that I am having a hard time finding a math program that my two older boys can enjoy and really engage with for middle school math... so now I am loathing math!

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    1. :/ I feel your pain. I hope you find something that works for them.

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  9. Well, at least I know I was not alone in my math struggles! haha I was THAT kid, too! ;)

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    1. There's still a lingering sense of shame when I remember it. So I totally understand when my kids say, "I hate times tables!"

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  10. Great list of resources Thanks so much for linking up at #familyfriday we appreciate it! We hope you come back next week.

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    1. I hope that our experience can help out moms who are just getting started and are overwhelmed at the multitude of resources out there. :)

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