Sometimes we forget to challenge our children when we homeschool because homeschooling, unlike institutional school, affords us the opportunity to take things slowly. We can reassess methods as necessary and because we have more time, we are not in a rush to, uh, rush. It is much easier to track the progress of individual students in a small setting that is not hindered by standardized exams and ineffective regulations. And yet, even with the freedom to make changes and take things slowly, we can make mistakes.
My Math History
Let me begin by saying that math isn’t my strong suit. I struggle with basic math (but I kick ass in the more advanced stuff) mainly because I have dyscalculia, a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to understand basic number sense. I struggle with understanding the logic of numbers and memorizing basic number facts. In other words, a person suffering from dysclculia may not understand that five bees is the same as five cats, or five books. this is also referred to as number blindness.
As you can imagine being number-blind can make grasping math very difficult. By the time that I was diagnosed with dyscalculia, I was in eleventh grade and had been struggling with basic math for years. I carry that with me as I homeschool. [Read more…]