Jane in NC Posted February 27, 2008 Share Posted February 27, 2008 Hi all, There have been a number of threads pertaining to math these days as parents plan for next year or regroup for this. One thing, though, that I have noticed is that while many of us promote discussion as a necessary part of our Great Books education, I do not see parents mention discussing mathematics. I know that many parents feel some insecurity regarding mathematics. But honestly many feel the same insecurity regarding the Great Books as well, yet they read these books with their kids and enjoy the resulting conversations. In recent months, my husband and I each read a book that we haven't read since high school, Inferno is his case, Canterbury Tales in mine. Talk about new perspectives coming to these great works of literature as an adult! It also seems that adoloscent minds are well connected some days and off in the hinterlands on others. At least my dear son's brain functions this way. Yesterday he began his Dolciani Algebra II chapter on Exponential Functions and Logarithms with a unit on rational exponents. These were not hard problems and given what he already knows about radicals, this should have been easy. But yesterday was one of those days when his synapses were not firing--he was equally klutzy physically on the ice when he played hockey last night. So I literally stood next to him as he did his math and walked him through things, answered his questions and gave him the necessary approvals (without popping him on the bean as I was tempted to do!) Let's see where his brain is today. Anyway, I wonder if some things like geometric proofs or chapter five or whatever it is in Lial's that bogs many kids down which just get a bit easier if the material were discussed. I'm not suggesting that parents lecture on the math, but ask the same kinds of questions that we ask regarding literature and history: why would you need to do that, does this always work, can you see a different way of setting this up, I don't understand the graph you drew, you didn't draw a picture??? You get my drift. Jane the Fearless Homeschooler (at least at the moment!) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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