Homeschool World Forums     Home     Mall     Catalog     Articles     Contests     Events     Groups     Forum     Contact  
Homeschool World Forum Forum Index Homeschool World Forum
Read thousands of forum posts on topics such as homeschool law, getting started, curriculum, special needs, homeschool vs public school, and much, much more!
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Help!!!!!

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Homeschool World Forum Forum Index -> Math
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
springmama
User


Joined: 03 Nov 2007
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:28 am    Post subject: Help!!!!! Reply with quote

My oldest dd is not homeschooled, and for reasons too complicated to mention here, she will remain in public school til graduation. However, this summer we need to do a little schooling at home because she's got some gaps in her pre algebra skills that need to be corrected before she starts Algebra 1 in the 9th grade this August.

She has a mood disorder and does not take direction well. Even if she doesn't know what she's talking about, when we help her with her homework, we are told by her that we are doing it all wrong and that we're going to make her fail, etc, then she starts crying and throwing fits. It's imperative that however we help her, WE don't get too involved. I need a book or a program that will explain nearly everything to her, only requiring us to step in occasionally.

Her teacher believes she has a good head for numbers and that she can do these things but she chooses not to pay attention (doodling and drawing and writing notes during class) on certain days. Her mood goes in cycles, so if her general mood is positive, she pays attention but if she's feeling depressed she goofs off in class. Since her mood cycles can go on for weeks, there are periods of time where she misses an entire set of lessons.

So, she CAN do this if her head is clear and she actually will read a lesson and/or listen to a teacher, there is no question about it.

Anyway, what she needs to work on this summer is the following (according to her teacher):

operations with integers and fractions
solving multi-step equations
and graphing linear functions

Here is another quote from her teacher's recent email-

"Kayla has a very good head for numbers. When the equations are easy, she can look at them and tell what the answer is; so at the beginning of the year she tuned me out when I taught "the process." Her way worked fine if the solution was a positive integer but not so well for fractions, decimals and negative numbers. When we came back to equations, Kayla still had the same mindset. Rather than trying to make sense of the process, she spends lots of time trying different numbers to see if they work. I spoke to her about her technique and that it is not the most efficient way. The rest of the class is finished with the assignment and she is still trying to guess her way to an answer.

Kayla is too capable to be in Algebra 1A (it would take her two years to complete a one year course). Summer School is for failures and Kayla is not going to fail math. I suggest you find someone to work with her one-on-one during the summer.

I'm sure Kayla will do okay on the test today because over half of it is multiple choice and she knows how to plug in the choices to see which one works. "

Sorry this is so long, but I really want to help her succeed. I, unfortunately do not have a head for numbers, so it's hard for me to take what her teacher has told me and then look for material that will help her.

The only thing I can think of is to get a pre algebra workbook and have her work on one page a day during the summer, stopping to find resources to help her once she gets to a page she cannot complete.

Does anyone know of a program that will allow her to teach herself? With her mood disorder, this would be the best option for everyone.

I also thought about getting a book for her, asking her to do a worksheet a day, then calling a tutor as needed when we run into a spot where she is having trouble. This would probably be a good way to keep her in practice with the things she can do, and help her learn the things she doesn't know.
_________________
Kathy, mom to 4 amazing kids!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Theodore
Moderator


Joined: 06 Oct 2005
Posts: 2122
Location: Missouri, US

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If she has a talent for math and works well with textbooks, the best solution might be Saxon.
_________________
Homeschool Articles - Events - Support Groups
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Miguelsmommy
User


Joined: 17 Apr 2008
Posts: 18

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about math-u-see She can watch the video over and over until she gets it and then move on. You can order the demo to see if she likes it.

If she has an IEP you may want to see if you can get it so she can work ahead when she's on an upswing. Like having a math teacher as her study hall teacher. See what she thinks, and the school.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Jazzy
User


Joined: 02 Jan 2008
Posts: 214

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may want to look into Key Curriculum Press, Key To series. These are great for supplemental work in weak areas. They have one for algebra.

http://www.keycurriculumpress.com/x6469.xml

Good luck!
_________________
www.successful-homeschooling.com!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Kit Rivers
User


Joined: 17 May 2008
Posts: 5
Location: South Island NZ

PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I don't like Teaching Textbooks. They didn't work for me or mine, but this may be a case where it works really well.

Try looking at them, I think there are samples on the website...not sure about this though.

Katie
_________________
Married to dh, 23 years
DD18 Currently in the UK
DD16 Ballet dancer. HS autodidact, using an eclectic mix of courses.
DS11. Geog Trails, MUS, Greek, WW, Plus lots of other stuff.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MathonDVDs.com
User


Joined: 30 May 2011
Posts: 6
Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Try my line of videos, I go over each and every detail AND each and every type of problem. You should try the arithmetic and/or basic algebra. I am sure that your daughter will excel with these videos.
_________________
www.MathonDVDs.com
www.MathTutor1.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
TheresaHPIR
User


Joined: 21 Jul 2010
Posts: 20
Location: West Virginia

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(I just typed a huge response to this before I saw the OP posted over 3 years ago, and it was simply bumped recently, lol. Anyway, it might be useful for SOMEONE, hopefully...so I'll post anyway!)

Although I have a very limited experience in teaching, I would recommend doing what the teacher has suggested...and getting her a tutor or someone to work with her over the summer.

I say this because it DOES sound like she's going to need some motivation and direction. If she tends to doodle or goof off, she may need some added supervision and guidance. However, you want to avoid the same old lines about how you're interfering and "making her fail." Therefore, I would suggest finding a younger tutor...someone who can be seen as more of a peer than an authoritative figure.

Check local colleges...they may have some students in the math department that will be willing to tutor for a very nominal fee. As an added benefit, this tutor may also turn into being a support system, friend, and mentor.

Since your daughter's teacher seems to be willing to work with you all, ask for a list of skills that your daughter is lacking...and skills that will be expected of her next year. Ask if you can get copies of this year's and next year's textbooks and materials to help practice. These can probably be made available to you for free, and can help supplement any additional books and materials you choose to go with.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Homeschool World Forum Forum Index -> Math All times are GMT - 6 Hours (CST)
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

Homeschool World Terms of Use  •  Privacy Policy  •  Copyright ©1993-Now Home Life, Inc.