First let me say .. I am NOT a math teacher. (I'm a high school English teacher). I love math, loved it in school. But I have learned it is the theory of math I dig ... not so much getting accurate answers. My 10-yo is exactly the same. He is brilliant in theory - a little rough on the actual execution. But all in all, doing well. So well, in fact, we are flying through the pre-algebra curriculum. We do Teaching Textbooks. I know this is not a highly-acclaimed program here... but we needed something that worked with his personality, and our style. It fits really well and works for now. Like I said, he is 10.
I have a good friend who is a high school math teacher, so I often go to her with my obstacles. But when I tried to talk to her about how I thought my son would struggle with these fundamental algebraic concepts and, instead, he is ZOOMING through the material (it just makes sense to him ... it's fun, challenging and it interests him... math with a purpose, in his eyes) ... my friend said to me that there is no way a 10-yo can comprehend algebra. That the maturity just isn't there.
So I ask my fellow homeschooling moms.... is there truth in this?
In flipping through the rest of the text and looking at the assessments online, I think we need to scrap pre-a and just get the Alg 1 book. But her comments cause me to doubt myself. She said I should give him our state 8th grade math end-of-year test before going forward.
I wish I understood math education as well as I understand education in language arts. I feel confident in his knowledge and aptitude in English! But math, I'm feeling my way through. His is a creative type ... not so much a calculating type.
PS - we supplement with a lot of logic and critical thinking, so it is rounding him out. He has always loathed math, so finding something he enjoys and can learn with is more important than rigor at this particular junction. But... I'm open to new ways of thinking.