Sunday, June 8, 2008

Can't Win For Losing

Some of my readers will know that for math we take a linear approach around here that involves Key to... books followed by Teaching Textbooks in the upper elementary/middle/high school years. Well, Nate is more than halfway through the three Key to... series that we use (Fractions, Decimals and Percents) but he really needed something in addition to that to keep his mind busy (you know, so he'd quit doing his brother's math!) So a while back I started him on the Teaching Textbooks Math 7, with the idea that he'd do about 3 lessons a week and finish his Key to... books besides, and it'd all work out like when you have the mashed potatoes, salad, gravy and roast all done at once, right?

Well, I never was any good at having all the dishes done at the same time!

Nate has been working so quickly through Math 7 that tonight, when I wrote up his schedule, I had to inform him that he needed to either slow down on the Teaching Textbooks or be more diligent in the Key to... books. He was not happy. Nate is an auditory learner and Teaching Textbooks allows you to hear and read the lecture and problems at the same time, which works very well for him. Also, it features a talking parrot, LOL.

Hopefully, the spectre of giving up talking-parrot-math will be enough to encourage him to work harder in his remaining workbooks. Once we get over that hurdle, we'll work on the whole, "my brain doesn't wake up enough to do math until 2 or 3 in the afternoon" thing!

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