We were able to get most all of the items on my list for schooling next year at the conference. Although we are having some difficulty figuring out math this year.
Like many of us, Princess has a mental block when it comes to math. We have tried something different every year– with no success.
We tried Miquion (1st year– probably my biggest mistake– should have tried something less abstract and more structured). Tested after this year and Math was the only subject she was “behind” in. It was totally my fault because I'm “math-challenged” and didn't work with her as dilligently as I should have, but she personalizes things like this and doesn't get over them easy. (she still doesn't think she's any good at the Limbo, but has won several times this past year).
Year 2 Horizons– she liked it okay, but it was still frustrating for us– probably because she's “not any good at math”. Then Rod and Staff– she said she liked that because I was working with her more, but still frustrating. And finally Saxon 5/4 this year. She has NOT liked this at all! Although she does like the tests (because they are only 20 problems). Maybe in a year or 2 we can try again, but for now Saxon is over. (Drats– because mil has all of saxon through high school) At this point the problem seems to be sloppiness–especially with carrying and borrowing back. She is doing better getting mental math, but still has problems.
One noteworthy step of progress, she does say that she's starting to see a purpose to math–quite an accomplishment this year.
Bubba hasn't been that crazy about Horizons although he does very well at math. We are considering Math U See and are waiting for a copy of Ray's from interlibrary loan to look over before we decide. We looked at Making Math Meaningful this weekend–seemed too much like Miquion, and also Singapore, but didn't think she'd like it either). She is working through “Math-It” and that seems to be helping some. Thought about Calculadder for the summer and found “Developmental Math” and are looking at that. Right now we're not sure about anything.
We did get a copy of Greg Sabouri's lecture on Overcoming Math Phobia. Haven't listened to it yet, but hoping it will offer some insight.
Part of me thinks we should go back to the very basics and kind of start over.
Anyone have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions?