I love the freedom that homeschool allows me to have with my kids’ education. Isaac and I have been butting heads over his math for the past few months. He was doing really well with Saxon Algebra 1/2 until that time. Then, he started bombing his lessons. We tried a few different things hoping it would ‘click’. He had gotten to the point to where he was setting himself up for failure. He was entering each lesson telling himself that he was stupid and he couldn’t do it. So, when he did his lessons, he was bombing them. We slowed WAAYY down and redid lessons when necessary. I could tell that he knew the material and could pass the lessons/tests if he took his time, but he was really struggling with confidence.
A week or so ago he told me he felt dumb, and that he just wasn’t learning anything. At that point, I decided we needed to make some changes. So, we put the math textbook away. We’re not giving up on Saxon, but we’re taking a break. We’ll start up with the same book (newer edition) in the fall. The newer edition will allow me to purchase the DIVE CD to go along with it. I think Isaac will do better hearing the lessons from someone else rather than from me. It think it will be a good transition for him.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to make changes on the fly as needed. I don’t have to ‘fail’ him. He doesn’t have to go to summer school. And, he doesn’t have to continue to feel stupid (because HE’S NOT) as he struggles through a lesson.
Yay for homeschooling and a mom who is open to making changes when necessary!!!