View Poll Results: What ONE subject do you wish you didn't have to teach?
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03-01-2012, 10:19 AM #1
Weekly Poll: What is the ONE subject you wish you didn't have to teach?
I think every homeschooling parent tackles this at one point or another!
Your arch nemesis so to speak!
Having that one subject you dread teaching to your child! It makes you tense, it makes your stomach clench, you sweat, you wish.... well, you wish that it was a subject that you could wipe from your homeschooling slate and your child would grow up magically knowing it!LOL
Ours is Math! I hate Math! I hated Math in school, I struggled in Elementary School, I struggled in High School and as an adult....I struggle with advanced stuff. According to whomever tests kids, I have a Math block. DUH!
There was no doubt I was going to homeschool my sons once we started having issues at public school, but then I thought....oh man, MATH! I have to teach them Math.
I wanted to run screaming into the night!
I am the SAHM, I am the main teacher, I am the daughter of a teacher, I am not a stupid woman and I can do this.....
How is it that simple numbers can reduce you to feeling like you are 10 and sitting in class and struggling to learn long division?
My oldest son struggles with Math, he unfortunately inherited it from me and since I didn’t teach him from K-5th grade.....I at least know he was given a chance!LOL That I didn’t foist my phobia on him! We have had some struggles! I would say 90% of our meltdown days are due to Math! And I am not ashamed to say, the meltdowns are from both of us! There have been some days we just toss it. We walk away to tackle another day. There are days we end up asking his Math adept younger brother for help. There are days we wait until Dad gets home and have HIM help. And there are days we google the heck out of the internet for answers so we can work backwards to see HOW the problem was solved. Somehow we have limped our way through 4 years of it, through fractions, algebra and geography!
And I know there are other parents that feel this way, not about Math per say but other subjects! There are homeschooling parents out there who do AWESOME at every subject and I bow to you! But, I have read too many forum posts and blogs to know that I am not the only one that wishes we could just eliminate a subject due to our fear of teaching it....and our child would come out knowing it anyways!
So...this is our poll for the week! Weigh in, give us your input! Tell us WHY you dread that subject! And if you mark Other....tell us what subject, enquiring minds wanna know!LOL
03-01-2012, 10:30 AM #2
I am a former physics and math teacher, so math is a breeze. However, my extent of ability to do or teach art only reaches to stick figures. As a result, the kids do crafts on their own, and we do a lot of trips to art museums. I can at least give them an appreciation for art if not any skills.Carol
In our 11th year of homeschooling
Writer-to-be dd (18) now a University of Iowa student
Computer programming intern, part-time short order cook, and high school senior ds (17)
03-01-2012, 10:40 AM #3
Yes, art is the thorn in my side, too. The kids have free rein with paper, crayons, markers, and drawing books and they use them every day. Every once in while we'll do something special like painting. I hate messes. I have very little artistic skill. I wish I could afford to send my kids to an art class so I wouldn't have to deal.Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 9.5 and son age 11.
03-01-2012, 10:42 AM #4
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Definitely art. It's the one thing I find overwhelming to even think about.Dorothy
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03-01-2012, 11:06 AM #5
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The first problem is that it's the blind leading the blind. I don't remember learning much of anything beyond 3rd grade- so my knowledge stops after types of notes. Oh, I REMEMBER going on types of music, rhythm, etc, but I don't remember any of the content AT.ALL.
Second.. ugh. LOL. I don't like it. And unlike history - which I hated in ps, but have somehow learned to find interesting now - I just can't find that much interest for it. I find myself at a complete loss.Finding the flowers on the road less traveled!
Homeschooling dd (8yo, 2nd) and ds (10yo, 4th) eclectically
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03-01-2012, 11:24 AM #6
See Art and Music is where I excell!LOL
Arts and Crafts are the favorite part of my daycare.... I have a hoard of stuff for creating things.
And I love Music, play piano, banjo, french horn and dabble in other things.
But Math..... shudders to think of it. We have done it 6th, 7th, 8th and now 9th grade so far. We will never get into Calculus or anything, it isnt in him or me and like I said, we limp along but.....
I love reading everyone's arch nemesis!LOL
03-01-2012, 12:14 PM #7
Math. It's only a matter of time before it can't be up to me anymore, since DS will have far surpassed my knowledge soon enough. For now I can muddle through, but by algebra I'm out. DH will have to take over, or we'll outsource. Given that my relationship with math left reduced me to tears from grade 3 to 12, I'm pleasantly surprised that I've managed thus far! lolMama to one son (12)
03-01-2012, 02:28 PM #8
03-01-2012, 03:14 PM #9
Yep, I was a straight A honors student all through school...except for math. I only graduated because my senior year Algebra 1 teacher took pity on me and passed me. I really didn't deserve it. I tried though; went in for tutoring before school, had an after school tutor, had my engineer dad try to help...ugh. Tears tears and more tears.
Glad to hear I wasn't alone! I would have appreciated a friend to cry with! lolMama to one son (12)
03-01-2012, 03:55 PM #10
I was shocked when I found so many people had already voted for it. I thought, "I'll be the odd-man out." Heh. Glad to see I'm not alone.