Guest Dulcimeramy Posted January 31, 2011 Share Posted January 31, 2011 (edited) I do think I figured out the problem. Here's the story: He was getting so bogged down! We bought the Art Reed DVDs, I diligently checked his work every day, but he was *hating* algebra and making "silly" mistakes. I decided that it was grade 5 grammar all over again, meaning that I would have to take responsibility for preparing and teaching each lesson myself. (I also hate algebra.) I've been doing the teaching for two weeks and I believe I've found the problem: Saxon is too wordy! Too much information at every turn. Every lesson assumes that the kid couldn't remember a principle from the past and apply it to the current lesson. DS couldn't separate between new and old info and he was getting confused. For the first week, I watched the DVD, studied the lesson, and did all the problems myself. Then I taught ds the next day. I realized how quickly the lesson went when I taught it in the brief, factual style that he prefers. For the second week, I taught ds how I was cutting through the extra verbiage in the book to find the new skills. By the end of the week he was able to do the same thing! Now he does lessons like this: 1. Read the lesson. 2. Draw a line through everything you already know that is not new in any way. 3. Re-read lesson, ignoring the marked information. 4. Write the new information in your notebook. 5. Watch Mr. Reed's lesson 6. Do all problems. Success. Can you recommend a quicker, less wordy algebra program for him, or do you think we should press on with this method since it is working? (I'm doing all the lessons whether he needs me to help him or not, because I do think Saxon will be a good fit for #2 son.) Edited January 31, 2011 by Dulcimeramy d Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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