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04-28-2013, 04:31 PM

Looking forward to 8th grade, we’re trying to come up with a tentative list for curriculum before going to all the used curriculum sales. I am struggling with the direction to take for his math. Its helped in the past to “talk it out” here, so thanks in advance if you make it through this post.

We were all set to have a gap year for math and concentrate on applications. I’d loop back through 8th grade math (which we finished this year) while introducing Algebraic concepts. He’d be doing more lab work with less content than in a normal Algebra class. Our hope is that he’d have a greater interest in math - he thinks it is boring and beneath him now.

What’s throwing me off, though, are two things.

First, we had originally planned for him to re-enroll in PS for 9th grade. They rarely give middle school students high school credit without jumping through hoops we don’t even have access to. So, we’d plan to go in a different direction for one year instead of having him take Algebra twice. But now we’re looking at a charter school for high school. Then, he could get credit for Algebra in 8th grade IF I teach a more standard full blown course and be on track to take more advanced math and, therefore sciences, while in high school.

Second, I’ve been seeing math ability in him to do so much more at this point. I am afraid that by delaying his Algebra I that I may be holding him back in the long run. Or, that he’ll get so bored he’ll just turn off. Talking through his progress with one of his former math teachers just makes this feeling even stronger. She was having trouble in 6th grade keeping up with his logic jumps. Her vote is to get him into the meatier math ASAP.

So it comes down to surging ahead with what I know he can do, but run the risk of his having to repeat Algebra I. Or, have a play year and explore a little, but more in-depth, this time running the risk of boring him with not enough challenging concepts.

I’ve been coming to terms with the idea that we may need to homeschool through high school (in which case this is all moot), but its plan B at this point.

We were all set to have a gap year for math and concentrate on applications. I’d loop back through 8th grade math (which we finished this year) while introducing Algebraic concepts. He’d be doing more lab work with less content than in a normal Algebra class. Our hope is that he’d have a greater interest in math - he thinks it is boring and beneath him now.

What’s throwing me off, though, are two things.

First, we had originally planned for him to re-enroll in PS for 9th grade. They rarely give middle school students high school credit without jumping through hoops we don’t even have access to. So, we’d plan to go in a different direction for one year instead of having him take Algebra twice. But now we’re looking at a charter school for high school. Then, he could get credit for Algebra in 8th grade IF I teach a more standard full blown course and be on track to take more advanced math and, therefore sciences, while in high school.

Second, I’ve been seeing math ability in him to do so much more at this point. I am afraid that by delaying his Algebra I that I may be holding him back in the long run. Or, that he’ll get so bored he’ll just turn off. Talking through his progress with one of his former math teachers just makes this feeling even stronger. She was having trouble in 6th grade keeping up with his logic jumps. Her vote is to get him into the meatier math ASAP.

So it comes down to surging ahead with what I know he can do, but run the risk of his having to repeat Algebra I. Or, have a play year and explore a little, but more in-depth, this time running the risk of boring him with not enough challenging concepts.

I’ve been coming to terms with the idea that we may need to homeschool through high school (in which case this is all moot), but its plan B at this point.