We are at nearly a stand still in math and have been for months. A few of y'all may remember me from previous posts, but here is a summary. DD11 diagnosed ASD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia last spring. She is a 6th grader, but she's way below grade level in math.
Right now all we are doing is Ronit Bird's Dots ebook. It's easy for her, and we should be finished by now... sigh. I'll continue with Bird's materials, but I feel like we could be doing more.
We had been using Math Mammoth grade 4 blue series last year. It was going ok, and she didn't hate it. But it's so heavy on mental math. I feel like with her struggles we shouldn't be focusing so much on complicated mental math. It seems like not the best use of our time and mental energy.
So after much research and much thought, I'm considering ditching all math curricula. I can find standards for each grade level. Ideally, I would like to teach her real life math skills. Money for example... why not just play store? Use real currency. I don't know.
She can't generalize. She seemed to be able to grasp the concepts in grade 4 MM, but then when we play scrabble, she counts on her fingers to add up her score. That's why real life math seems like such a good thing for our situation.
I just feel like using a formal curriculum might actually slow us down. I want my own approach. One that that teaches for mastery but also incorporates regular review. So one topic at a time with just a little review thrown in.
This girl wants to go to college. She has the intelligence. I just need to get her the math skills needed to prepare her for high school math. Then I can go back to using a more traditional curriculum.
I just feel like there is no one curriculum out there that will meet my daughter's needs at a pace that works for remediation. I think I'm going to go it alone. So if you have any resources or recommendations... I know Khan Academy is a thing. We might use that. I can draw on my experience teaching math in public elementary school. Helpful but I only taught 2nd and 3rd grade. But I have a degree in this for crying out loud. Not that I need it. But I can do this on my own. Right???
Has anyone else gone this route?
Edited by stephensgirls, 16 November 2017 - 10:34 PM.