View Poll Results: Which subject do you find the most difficult to homeschool?

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  • Math

    6 10.91%
  • Science

    8 14.55%
  • History/Social Studies

    5 9.09%
  • Language Arts/Grammar/Writing

    8 14.55%
  • Physical Education

    4 7.27%
  • Foreign Language

    9 16.36%
  • Music/The Arts

    11 20.00%
  • Other

    4 7.27%
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    Default Weekly Poll: Which subject do you find the most difficult to homeschool?

    Probably by now, most of you have figured out that I'm a words person. I love writing, words, and even grammar. I'm the epitome of a word nerd. Now usually, a word nerd is terrified of math in any form, but I actually liked math in school (okay, except for Geometry). But my real downfall? Science. In any form. Hated in school. Still hate it. Naturally, that is the subject that I find the most difficult to homeschool because I simply have no passion for it.

    Sometimes, though, the subject you did poorest in throughout your own school career is the one you get the most excited about teaching (and learning along with) your children. And sometimes, even though you like a subject very much, it is your child that just isn't "getting it", which makes it more difficult to teach.

    So let's see if there is one subject overall that is more difficult than others for homeschoolers, or if we're just all over the map (as usual!)
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    I actually chose wrong in the poll, I blame the cold meds!

    I find music/arts the most difficult. I am not musically inclined, nor do I really care about music as more than entertainment/background noise. Luckily hubby is a drummer and loves music in general so has a lot more passion for the subject. As for the arts, I am a crafter and hubby does woodwork, but neither of us is really art-literate. We have some friends and family members who are artists, so depend on them to some extent.
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    Oh definitely math for me. I haven't figured out math since the second grade, and it leaves me in a total panic. DS is very math and science oriented and has all sorts of questions I can't possibly answer (to be fair, most of his scientific questions are so detailed they could only be answered by a scientist anyway). He's forever testing me on math too, and of course I can't let on what a miserable failure I am at that subject. At least science--for now--is interesting to me, at least until next year when we go on to Chemistry. He's beside himself with excitement, but it's a huge yawn for me. At least I'm a better actress than I ever thought possible!

    We've recently switched from MEP to Math Mammoth and I'm thankful for the extra instruction. There are so many positive comments here about T4L that I might go that route someday for math, if hubby agrees to an online curriculum. Anything to take it out of my hands would be a bonus for DS, I think, so I don't end up confusing him. That's my big fear, because it happened to me as a kid and I can practically still taste the tears that plagued me from grade 2-12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaB2C View Post
    I actually chose wrong in the poll, I blame the cold meds!
    I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well, Brandi. I'm finally healing from a major sinus infection so I can totally relate. I've lived on a steady diet of sudafed and motrin for almost 2 weeks now. Ugh. I did wonder about your answer in the poll!

    Get some rest--hope you feel better soon! *virtually sending you homemade noodle soup*
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    High school level math, for sure!!! We are struggling with that right now. Even with a solution manual, my son wants to know a lot about WHY something is or is not that way, or why this problem was solved differently than that one, and so on, and I am frankly NOT the one to ask (neither is his dad), so it is an issue that we are desperately trying to answer.

    *Hope you get to feeling well, Brandi. And glad you are feeling better, Hockeymom. Sick time stinks!
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    Math has never been my strong point. That is why I recently ordered Math-U-See for my daughter! I am fine teaching the basics of math, telling time and counting money but anything above that, I'm going to need some help with.

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    Thanks guys, it's fairly mild as far as colds go, but that yucky beginning stage with the sore throat and congestion!

    Hey, since we all have differing areas of strength/weakness, what if we started some sticky "Ask science questions", "ask History questions" threads to help each other out?
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    Writing. I hate writing. Hate the analyzing of literature (which totally seems to kill any joy in the actual literature.)

    On the other hand chemistry is soooooooooo much fun. Biology is messy which is fun. Biochemistry is cool and physics just is what is so that's totally fun too.
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    That sounds like fun! Although, we'd ask a lot more questions than we could ever answer!

    (I meant to quote Brandi "Hey, since we all have differing areas of strength/weakness, what if we started some sticky "Ask science questions", "ask History questions" threads to help each other out? )
    Last edited by hockeymom; 10-27-2010 at 01:27 PM. Reason: a little boy has been talking in my ear since 7am and for some reason I can't think straight
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    Default I'll help anyone with maths troubles

    Hi all,

    I've not posted for a while but I'm up for offering assistance here. It seems like a lot of people really struggle with maths but I love it and it's always been my forte. So, if anyone needs a hand just email me and I'll do what I can to help out.

    Regards,

    Mike Higginbottom

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