The Mysteries of Math

Published January 5, 2015 by lynn k scott

While the title may sound somewhat profound, it’s not as in-depth as one might be lead to believe.  From the perspective of a nine year old, it’s a bit more mysterious than it would be to an adult.

To be more specific, we’re talking third grade math.  My daughter loves to read.  She is extremely creative and trying to find ways to get out of math is becoming a special talent.  Sadly, as she is homeschooled, I as her mother, know her behavior all too well.  She’s out of luck with trying to pull the wool over these eyes.

This latest chapter, on rounding is stumping her.  I can’t tell her how much like me, in regards to her math attitude, she is.  I am her cheerleading section.  I let her know “you got this” when she tries to pull the “I’ll never get this” attitude.

We slowed down and are really doing a lot of examples.  It’s working!  I love seeing her understand and get the lesson.  Sometimes we will use a book, sometimes we will bake to enforce math.  Baking is great for fractions.  We  haven’t gotten to the officially yet, but she’s already understanding the basics.  Ok, back to the book for this one.

Tonight, while practicing more estimating/rounding problems, when I was having her solve problems on the white board, she was adorable.  In order to round hundreds, she first had to assess if the tens spot would round the number up or down.  When the number had to go up, she would say, “Ahh!  We round up to Heaven.”

In a traditional school, this would be frowned upon.  In our home school, a Christian-based home school, I thought it was so cute she used that terminology.  I really don’t have an issue with how she remembers it, as long as she is figuring out how to remember it.  If rounding up equals Heaven, is it really a big deal to say, “it’s just up”.  Nope, not in my book.  She is thinking for herself, mapping her own words and using what she needs to accomplish her assignments.

I know it’s a lot of work to be in charge of your child’s education, but I am loving every school session.  See the knowledge build, having conversations at a later date that proves she is understanding, cuddling to read a story, well, there just isn’t a replacement for that.  No brick and mortar school gets that feedback, love or appreciation.  That is just one aspect  of what makes homeschooling unique.

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