Solong

07-02-2014, 01:12 AM

We are into our third year of hsing, and dd is headed into G5(ish). I don't know if it's growing confidence, or laziness, or that I just need a cheap thrill... but, I'm thinking of dropping our math work for a year.

Math doesn't come easily for dd, and it is her least favourite hschool topic. It is also my least favourite, because she is so friggin' resistant to it. I have no more backflips left in me. We have seriously tried it ALL. ALL. Yet, it still ends up being a fairly school-ish experience, with workbooks and 'lessons'. I'm thinking it is the schooly approach that she ultimately dislikes, maybe not math itself.

My justifications: She will be a youngish G5 (for here, where redshirting is common). She tested in the 99th percentile on provincial math exams for this past year. A few of her projects are math-heavy.

I'm thinking we'll just create a little math space on the old bookshelf, and if she feels the urge - it is there, with all her other projects. If not, she might fall behind by a year... and we'd have to scramble to catch up.

Has anyone walked away from math for a year? What was the experience like?

Disclaimer added 11/15: I was unknowingly working off of higher grade level outcomes with my dd (for three consecutive years, yikes). This likely caused most of the math frustration and resistance we experienced. There are still lots of great math ideas contributed by other members in this thread!!!! Just take my posts with a bit of salt.

Math doesn't come easily for dd, and it is her least favourite hschool topic. It is also my least favourite, because she is so friggin' resistant to it. I have no more backflips left in me. We have seriously tried it ALL. ALL. Yet, it still ends up being a fairly school-ish experience, with workbooks and 'lessons'. I'm thinking it is the schooly approach that she ultimately dislikes, maybe not math itself.

My justifications: She will be a youngish G5 (for here, where redshirting is common). She tested in the 99th percentile on provincial math exams for this past year. A few of her projects are math-heavy.

I'm thinking we'll just create a little math space on the old bookshelf, and if she feels the urge - it is there, with all her other projects. If not, she might fall behind by a year... and we'd have to scramble to catch up.

Has anyone walked away from math for a year? What was the experience like?

Disclaimer added 11/15: I was unknowingly working off of higher grade level outcomes with my dd (for three consecutive years, yikes). This likely caused most of the math frustration and resistance we experienced. There are still lots of great math ideas contributed by other members in this thread!!!! Just take my posts with a bit of salt.