Any suggestions on how to incorporate cartooning into completing math assignments? So far, my son has come up with 1001 ways to destroy a math book. You can do anything in cartoons, but in reality, you can learn algebraic concepts.
If your math program is like Saxon or Teaching Textbooks, he will review that concept over and over in subsequent lessons. The review should be sufficient to enable him to "get" the concept. I wouldn't belabor doing the entire page over when he's only missed a few. It DOES take time to really learn a concept.
In the meantime, his cartoons sound DELIGHTFUL! Enjoy (and do keep them!). I think they are a stress-buster for him.
Thanks everybody for your comments. It's a character issue with him mostly.....he doesn't see why he needs to do something he doesn't want to do. He is a smart boy, but doesn't yet have the discipline to apply himself to learn the concepts. He is 12, and the other day his math lesson was a review on changing fractions to decimals. We had gone over it the day before, but in one day he forgot how to divide. He said 5/12 was 5.12 and 3/8 was 3.8. You get the picture. When I showed him his error and made him do them again, he got angry. His mean mom assigned him the whole section to do, instead of just correcting the three he missed. But, he did cover the dry erase board with some archaeologist discovering cave drawings of why we have math. Apparently some cave dweller was hit in the head by a falling rock and proceeded to write meaningless math problems on the cave wall. It was pretty funny.
Sorry it's so long, and I have encouraged him to collect his cartoons. I think he doesn't want anyone to read them....yet.
I'm not sure about incorporating cartoons into math, but my 14-year-old homeschooled son recently authored a 128-page comic book called "Welcome to Beeky Airlines" (rated 5 stars on Amazon and recommended by reviewers and individuals) as part of his art/creative writing/publishing curriculum...and he's earning royalties as well! He started drawing his strip when he was 8. Talk about cross-curricular activities. He's working on his next book in this series, too.
I wanted to share a really funny comic strip he did related to education (geography), but I can't seem to post an image here, so you'll have to email me (see my website) and I can send you the strip. :-)
Years ago, we used to do a workbook curriculum for all or most subjects, and my son would do the same thing--cover his workbooks with cartoons. I never minded because I LOVED his cartoons--they were truly clever and funny--and I do believe he did so because he was bored. The cartoons made correcting the workbooks more fun! We then switched to a full-time literature-based curriculum, and the cartooning on schoolwork stopped altogether!
Perhaps a curriculum change may be in order? Maybe he's bored or maybe overwhelmed--do the cartoons give any clue? And if he's talented in cartooning, by all means fan the flame! He would probably LOVE to do a cartooning class or book.
There is a lot to be said for integrating mathematics with other subjects, including art and English. Have you tried assigning a project of doing a cartoon of an algebra topic he's learning? Even if it's a cartoon about how someone is struggling with the topic and why. This could provide a lot of insight into why your son struggles with algebra, or a particular topic in algebra, and might even give you ideas for making the subject more interesting and accessible for him.
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