It’s taken me a few weeks to get my head wrapped around it, but I think I’ve finally managed it.
My fifteen year old daughter came to me complaining about her math.
Okay, that’s par for the course. My kids and I are all math dunces, and, knowing that, I prefer to take a low-stress approach. They have to learn a certain amount of math to function in this world, just like they have to learn to drive (that’s not a frivolous analogy – I have two children who would never have learned to drive if I hadn’t made them!) and that being the case it’s only counter-productive to let them learn to hate math. So I let them move along at an exceptionally slow pace, which would freak out any parent who was worried about the kids being at grade level, but I really don’t care about that sort of thing at all.
The bizarre thing was that her complaint was that the lessons were so boring and repetitive. She understood the point and wanted to move on, already. Here is a child who has managed, on her own, to get further along than any of her older siblings ever managed to get before the age of eighteen – about half way through Saxon 87. In other words, she was using a book that was only one year behind “grade level” and finding it too easy.
Wait. I have a child who possibly has a grade-level ability in math?
I finally came out my daze enough to figure out what to do for her. I gave her the pre-algebra placement test at TeachingTextbooks.com and she passed with flying colors so I ordered the curriculum for her. I’m switching from Saxon because she’ll be getting beyond my ability to help if she needs it, and I love the way this curriculum explains every single problem, if the student needs it.
So we’ll see how it goes.