At one of our homeschool co-op days earlier this year, I shared with a mom of many boys about my then current struggle with my son and math. Plain worksheets were her first recommendation to me-- black and white problems, no drawings and no color. It was like she had been a fly on the wall in my kitchen earlier that morning. My son was working through a worksheet, and one of his complaints was not seeing the purpose to the pick spiral covering the majority of his math page. So her words fit my need and I asked for more advice. She also recommended the book Wild Things which I've been reading since then.
A little while later, the older kids took a break and my daughter said something about the ACT test that was soon. That same mom's oldest son said he was taking it again, too, trying to improve his score. Again? He was younger than my middle child, just a little bit older than my 6th grader. So, curious, I asked how he did before, what score he was trying to beat. "31" This little boy already made a 31! I turned to his mom again then. "What math curriculum do you use?"
Saxon was her answer. For my boy-mom friend, that is what works for her boys. We found a fee Saxon placement test online. I read that it prepares kids for standardized tests, too. My son has been using Saxon math for about two months now, and it was just the change he needed. No frills, sample problems for each new lesson, and 30 problems each day.Thoughts on Math and Science
The flip side, since my ultimate goal isn't just a high test score, is practical application. There have been times when my son has looked at me and asked with total sincerity "when will I ever use this." I want the kids to be able to apply the correct formulas when they need them. My daughter finished making her full size tri-loom last weekend and shared math principles that helped her determine just how much yarn she needs to complete a shawl. I don't have all the answers at all, but for now this is working.
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