This year has been somewhat remarkable for math. I've posted about our math journey so often in other threads, but quick summary:
- DD hated all elementary math programs we attempted so we basically just did living math until BA 3A finally released spring of grade 2. It was a huge success but the release delays meant that we dabbled with tons of living math, manipulatives, games, reading, videos, any other curriculum throughout her elementary math.
- She was ready for pre-algebra in 6th, but we didn't like anything we tried (and I owned it all). We continued our random dabbling with tons of living math with a mix of curricula. Even though we had loved BA, AoPS pre-algebra didn't work either.
- We started algebra in 7th and I realized why we never liked pre-algebra.. she didn't really need that year of review and I probably should have just gone to algebra. Hindsight. But, we did Foerster's and used Math without Borders. It was ok, but neither of us loved it. I felt like we lost some of the strong conceptual traditions we had come to love. The sheer number of word problems was overwhelming. We got tired of the calculator problems. We finished it, but I just didn't feel like we were where we wanted to be.
- I decided to just have her try some other algebra for this year (8th) rather than move to geometry because I felt she still had some holes coming out of Foerster. She's on the other side of puberty now too, and her brain seems to have changed quite a bit! So, we started AoPS pre-algebra with DD doing it completely self-led. Never thought I'd see the day. She spends 1-1.5 hours daily on math without complaint, diligently working away. After the first chapter, I had her just take a look at Arbor Chuckles as a comparison. She immediately told me it was too easy, and she just wanted to go back to AoPS.
This is a kid who has always had a strong natural inclination towards math with insightful conceptual understanding. But, she never loved it. She had slow processing speed (2e) that I think frustrated her, and maturity and puberty seem to have made a huge difference.
She is truly loving doing AoPS algebra on her own, and I never would have predicted this! I'm totally in shock!
Edited by deerforest, 06 October 2017 - 01:21 PM.