Life of Fred: How do YOU use it?
Posted 12 July 2009 - 06:44 PM
We're ready to start again, so I am looking for insight into how people actually use the book. Do you read a chapter together and set them loose on the problems? Do you pre-teach or pre-explore the skills needed for the next set of problems, etc.?
FWIW, my guys know multiplication, division, and basic fractions (and operations with them) all fairly thoroughly, so I do think they are ready now.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:02 PM
The kiddo and I go over the answers and exercises orally. Any concepts that come up in conversation, I look up in our LivingMath books -- Joy of Math, Math Talk, History of Mathematics, Mathematicians Are People Too, Murderous Maths, etc. I scribble down assigned readings for the rest of the week based on this. Kiddo does some every day, with strict instructions to read the math parts slowly, visualizing the amounts and try, on paper, all the math tricks and examples.
I also assign word problems from Anita Harnadek's book, and we do some multiplication drill. Whether I schedule these for every day or for just one day dependings on how many readings I pull from our Living Math books.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:11 PM
I also have her working through the Key to... books for those skill areas, primarily because she is quite young (9 next month) to be heading towards algebra. When we get to Beginning Algebra, we'll use the Home Companion, and then probably she'll "redo" Algebra I through the AoPS course.
But, no, I don't pre-teach. If she has difficulty with a concept, I will re-teach with different numbers than the examples given. The Key to... books have in reality served as a review, but I do think having two different ways to approach a problem is a good thing.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 09:40 PM
Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:10 PM