My ds9, who has always loved math has recently decided he doesn't like it at all. I've tried making it harder, easier, shorter, different format no matter. The only math that he doesn't hate right now is games and such. I've tried talking to him to figure out what is going on but I've not made any progress.
My guess is that the more in-depth problems were taxing his weak working memory(tested) and I think he was tired of being frustrated. I know I could be the tough mama and just make him do it but him enjoying math is a higher priority, math has always been his greatest strength and he literally squeals at the mention of STEM, which obviously requires Math.
I'm thinking we will continue working on fluency through games- we can work on +/-, x/div, per/frac/dec w/ our RS games. I was also thinking about establishing a little store for school time to work on money, % and decimals. Maybe letting him work part of the grocery budget. Perhaps, work on some building projects for practice measuring? He has a Popular Mechanic for kids book that has several projects he wants to do. I mentioned these ideas this morning and he was super exicted about it all and wanted to start right away.
Any other ideas- I was thinking I'd google later today.
I'm hoping to get back to it being fun and increasing his fluency and speed w/ his facts to make things a bit easier. We've hardly taken any breaks from Math and he tested well so I think we can afford to take a bit of time. We're a bit over half-way through our main math program for this year- RSE. I thought about taking a full break but I think that would be worse in the long run as it is hard for him to build fluency to begin with and I I don't want to make things harder as Math is obviously not something we can just stop doing long term.
ETA- This is the list I've compiled so far of various resources:
Living Math Books
Sir Circumference- Several in this series
Mummy Math- Geometry
The Secret Life of Math by Ann McCallum- history of numbers plus activities
Mathmagic Camp DVD by Aurora Lipper of Supercharged Science (45 lessons with fun activities covering several areas of math)
Math Project/Game Books- Books for Mom
Kitchen Table Math- from pre-k to algrebra- wrote to the parent to teach them how to teach the concepts of math
Living Math Websites
http://mathforlove.com/blog/- Resource for teachers
Online Math Games
Top Marks UK Math Games- Variety of different formats- from age 3-14
Math Play- Free Online Math Games from Elementary to Algebra
Math Card/Board Games
Muggins Math Games Age 4- Nuclear Physicist -
Math Dash Game- practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
Hogwart's Shopping GAme HP themed shopping cards and lists along with suggestions for various games to play
Out of the box -fun Math curriculum Or Supplements
Simply Charlotte Mason- Your Business Math- Gr. 3-6- Learn Math through running your own pet, book or sport store
Beast Academy Math- Grades 3, 4 and 5 (in progress set to be finished March 2017 and gr 2 to be started summer/fall 2018)
Hands-On Equations- Learning Algebra through the use of manipulatives
Edited by soror, 01 February 2017 - 10:40 AM.