garness Posted June 22, 2012 Share Posted June 22, 2012 This was our first year of homeschooling. My daughter did kindergarten at an abeka private school. She did very well in all subjects, although her biggest problem was being distracted and taking a long time to get things done. For 1st grade I pieced together our curriculum. For the first 6 months we did Horizons 1 math. I liked it, she didn't like it much. It eventually became a fight/struggle to get her to do a daily math lesson. She always did a good job though and didn't have trouble understanding concepts. We also practiced memorizing addition facts. By the end of the first workbook, I promised her that we would change to a different curriculum (she wanted one that didn't have so much practice). I thought singapore would work. I bought 1b, it was too hard, so I got 1a. We started working through it and figuring out a new way of learning/doing math. Over the 1a workbook, which took several months. She seemed to have less and less confidence in her abilities to do math. She started fighting me about it more and more. She forgot all her math facts that we already memorized (addition only). We are at the end of the book and I asked her to finish the review at the end and we would be done with it. she agreed. She did the first page. She got to the subtraction problems on the second page and she flipped out. started growning, crying and freeking out. I tried to get her to talk to me with words and tell me what the problem is. I tried to help her and refresh her memory on how to do subtraction problems. (its been a couple weeks since we did math lessons, been travelling ect...) Finally she refused and I sent her to her room. This is a dramatic example of what it has been like all year. In her year end testing, she skipped many math problems all together. She got placed at about 1st grade half way through for math. Her reading is excellent and she placed at 2nd to 3rd grade. She never does anything quickly and now refused to do any math additional fact practice either orally or written drills. This is a subject that we have fought about so much, I see it as my fault since I have been anxious about it and have made her anxious as well. I feel like I cannot teach her any math at all now. I honestly feel like we are at the same place now when we started 1st grade. I am so discouraged and feel terrible that my daughter has so much anxiety about math and that she cannot talk to me about it. what do I do. PS we also tried Life of fred math, which she likes better, but she stills freaks about doing the practice problems. PPS this is a very capable child, that I feel is having obedience problems as well as some time of mental block about learning/doing math. HELP! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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