We altered our schedule due to the fact that math takes time !
My personal thought is that learning should be delightful and natural.
My son is not the only one who struggles with math and both of us doing
things together and getting a bit frustrated can take a toll on a day.
Today, while doing some ratio's and graphing them and making tables and
also multiplying and dividing, we got to a point where both of us were
thinking so hard and I was trying to figure out a way that he would
understand what I was saying and how I got to a point where I was at,
and I was drawing a blank. I could not somehow get through to him what I
was doing and we went online and watched videos on Khan academy and
also used other sites so I could figure out how to show him certain
things. Finally-- it all clicked! Then we got so absorbed in math that
it took the entire rest of the morning. It was literally draining and so
I took the afternoon and re-arranged the schedule for today.
had a small lunch and a time outside just soaking in quiet and
sunshine. I know it is only 1 pm while I write this blog and it seems
like I am describing a day 18 hours long with how I am portraying our
math time this morning but I must say with as much work as went into it
today, I feel like it indeed was that long. I am sure he feels that as
So, our day is finished after we read 'White Fang'. :)
it is back to our regular Friday schedule but as for today, I am
blessed and happy to have struggled long and hard and then to have made
it on the other side of that math obstacle today. It will show us both a
clear way through next time something like this happens. As I said
earlier, learning should be delightful and natural and that part where I
said, "...it all clicked!", well, it did and that is the delightful
part- to see that in my child's eyes.