What are you fussing about today? I remember having conflict specifically about "showing your work" in homeschool math. Exactly how do you know when it is important? And when is it not important at all?
Conflict about "showing your work" in homeschool math is never fun! I hated fighting with my kids about showing their work. Some will say "always show your work" and others will say "why show your work, anyway?" I think we should take a step back and think about it from a different perspective. Your job is not to make her show her work or not. Your job is to make sure she LEARNS, right? Some children will learn best by showing all their work, and others find the work too repetitive or boring, so giving an oral answer makes sense (like we did for elementary level math.) So maybe our best strategy is to make her show as many answers as she needs to in order to learn.
That's all very well and good, but here is what you might do in concrete terms. If she shows all of her work and gets a 90% or above on her homework, then she is learning her math and has learned how to show her work. Perhaps for the rest of the week she can show her work on just two or three problems. The other problems she can simply write the answer without the solution. If she scores less than 90% on that homework, then the following day she has to show all her work again. That will give her an incentive to get the answers correct. It will help her learn to show her work, but also show her that the learning is more important.
Calculators will only be allowed in certain math sections of the SAT® and ACT®. Students must be able to quickly calculate using mental math. At the same time, they must understand math in the real world, using calculators to quickly solve problems correctly.
Becoming comfortable with a scientific or graphing calculator takes time and requires regular practice, which is why it's important to incorporate calculator use into everyday math practice. When students take the SAT®, ACT®, or AP® tests, they will not be allowed to use their cell phone for calculations. They must have an appropriate calculator they are familiar with and comfortable using. This is an important skill that will serve students well in classrooms as well as exams (and life in general), so be sure to practice regularly!
This is totally a homeschool math no judgment zone! Let's talk about it without making you cry. Here are some helpful homeschool math tips:
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The key is, don't stress about math! There are plenty of resources and varieties of curriculum to fit your needs.
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