One mother contacted me because her daughter is failing math in the public school system. She is considering homeschooling.
Oh, my! There are so many issues with math, this mom really does need some personal one-on-one time. As a quick "band-aid," though, I'll offer a bit of my own advice.
First off, math isn't my passion or gift. However, my husband is brilliant at it and loves it. We share responsibilities. He and I both have come up with fun arithmetic games. Enthusiasm is caught, not taught. I am not enthusiastic about math, unless I am playing a game or using it in real life. My husband is enthusiastic about all of it. He thinks playing with numbers is fun. I rely mostly on him to keep us going. We agree together on learning strategies and curriculae.
Knowing your kid is essential. I have two struggling math learners who would never, ever do well in a classroom setting. We tweak, pull, pinch, and mold their curriculae like clay, so don't bother asking what we use. We don't really use it the way the publishers intended. The best thing to do for math is to be as involved as possible, and to not be afraid to step away from the standards.
I hate boxes and labels, but they're worth looking into when coming up with a teaching strategy. Here are some I've found more or less useful:
right brained audio
right brained visual
right brained kinesthetic
left brained audio
left brained visual
left brained kinesthetic
Good luck to the mom!
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