Jayne J Posted January 7, 2011 Share Posted January 7, 2011 I am almost in tears here, and a bit embarassed, but I feel so alone I just need to hear from others. My ds is just so difficult when it comes to math. He swears that he hates it, and each day, our 25-30 minute lesson turns into 45 minutes of H#%%. He has all these baffling tics, that get him all in a twist, crying and yelling, and even hitting me (this is way beyond acceptable and really really rare). For example, he loves the number 8 and hates the number 9. If there are more 9s than 8s on a page, he gets really mad and cries. He will deface the pages, scribbling over the nines and refusing to answer those problems. If there is an orange box (we use Horizons, which has colors) and the answer does not have an 8 in it, he gets mad (orange is his favorite color). I just don't get it. I have even told him that he may write 8+1 instead of 9 if he choses, but then he gets mad because no one will understand the answer. However, the kid is pretty mathy. He frequently does problems in his head, converting inches to feet and adding/subtracting heights. He loves mental math games, where we give him a series of numbers and he has to add them up. He does stuff like this all the time, suprising us with the complexity of the problem. (He is not a genius or anything, he just has great math instincts. He naturally combined by tens when adding, and when we got to that part of the text, he thought it was stupid because "everybody already does that") Overall, the rest of school is fine. He loves history and science, does well in Latin. He is a reluctant writer, but does it. We have some discipline issues during other lessons, but nothing I consider beyond the pale, like in math. (daydreaming, doodling, that sort of thing.) In day to day life, he is a bit uptight and high strung, temperment-wise--typical first child overacheiver stuff, which we are working on, but he is generally well behaved. He does have a short temper (he comes by it honestly...:blushing:) We are addressing these issues and have always had consistant standards of behavior and consequences. I feel like I am destroying this child for math, he hates it so much. I switched from Horizons to MM, thinking that might help, but the same issues resurfaced, so now we alternate (I like MM!) Help! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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