Rivka Posted February 1, 2012 Share Posted February 1, 2012 How do you handle it when you hit a massive slowdown in a kid who has been sailing along? Does it drive you crazy? Does it make you second-guess your program and expectations? My daughter is almost 7 and in the last few weeks of MEP 2b. She's mastered her multiplication tables, does factor trees like a pro, reduces fractions, multiplies whole numbers by fractions or mixed numbers in her head, and answers complicated story problems. Last week and this week she has been so vague and distracted about math. She stares out the window. She gives wrong guesses at random. Today she tried to insist that 12 - 7 = 3. She watches my face or gazes out the window instead of looking at the problem. She spaces out on my explanations and then insists on doing the problem a different way. For example, MEP keeps giving her sets of problems like: 12 - 3 x 2 + 1 12 - 3 x (2 + 1) (12 - 3) x (2 + 1) I showed her that the numbers and signs are the same and reminded her that the only thing that will be different is the order of operations. She was able to describe the proper order for operations to me. And then she sat there and did problem after problem incorrectly. It's been like that EVERY DAY. It drives me crazy. It makes me wonder if I've been pushing her too hard and she's genuinely not capable of understanding this level of abstraction. It makes me feel like a cruel martinet who is sucking the joy out of learning for her. (My usual penalty for "seriously not focusing" is that she has to run laps around the house. She's been running laps EVERY DAY during math.) She's also gone back to just reading easy series books and Calvin & Hobbes, and reading bits and pieces out of multiple books without finishing any. I don't know if that's connected or not. Even books she likes don't necessarily get finished. I don't think I work her too hard. I work, and we have a nanny part-time, so she has hours and hours to play, daydream, and explore at her own pace. Any thoughts? Should I switch her over to a Waldorf school where she can do handwork and daydream about gnomes? ;) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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