Math Confuses Me

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Math Confuses Me
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Thu, 08-18-2011 - 4:26pm

No joke, I am going to be back up at my middle school (will be Nathaniel's middle school next year) with my 7th grade math teacher getting tutored so I can help Nathaniel with his homework before you know it.

I can do english, history, science, spelling, reading...but math blows my mind.

Anyone else get their mind blown by some of their kids homework?

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:02pm

Diagramming I never got, and I have no inclination to learn. Though I feel like I should introduce my kids somewhat to it, but if they don't go to public school is there any chance that they will encounter it after high school?

LOL- dd18 and I were just discussing this because ds11 is starting middle school today, in the same program as dd18 did, and with a teacher who LOVES diagramming sentences.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Sun, 08-21-2011 - 9:13pm
Parents must give support at home IMO. It is the teachers job to teach the math but the parents have to support it and give reinforcement at home in order for the child to get the concept sometimes.

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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 9:12pm
I never encountered diagramming sentences after HS and I took 2 college english courses.

I will check out Khan Academy, I remember you sharing that website once before.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 8:02pm
Yep, I think it was that stuff that made it so confusing that I couldn't subtract with borrowing until in 5th grade a teacher showed me another way (adding to the bottom) so that could do subtraction. It is nice to have different ways to do things, but they need to not belabor it when the kids don't get it. Just show another way. (Which is also unfortunate, because they don't teach other ways. The way I learned the subtraction I have taught to other teachers, but none ever learned that way or has even seen it. My teacher was at or beyond retirement when I had him - he was the greatest.)
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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 7:57pm
Khan Academy is great for the math parent blues. You can sit down with your kid and go through the subject together, and then work out the homework.

Math is not (yet) the issue (except how the books teach subtraction with borrowing. I learned a different way, and ended up teaching my kids that way so that I can help them with their work. Fortunately, we homeschool!) The issue for me is: Diagramming sentences. (And maybe that my kids can spell better than I can.) Diagramming I never got, and I have no inclination to learn. Though I feel like I should introduce my kids somewhat to it, but if they don't go to public school is there any chance that they will encounter it after high school?
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Registered: 01-05-2005
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 5:12pm

Anyone else get their mind blown by some of their kids homework?

I have older kids, so I've made my peace with this, lol!

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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 9:49am

Our math was like that but it was manipulative based so no writing it out just using counters and such.

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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 9:45am

Yes,

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Registered: 08-31-2009
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 9:05am

Yep....the crappy way they were trying to teach the kids math last year.




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