Long before Algebra, mathematics becomes the Achilles' heel of many homeschool families. If only there were some way to make math tolerable! Susan Evans shares her experiences and suggestions for not only making math tolerable, but even (gasp!) fun! In little more than an hour, Overcoming Math Frustration will breathe new life into your math program with:
- 11 ways to overcome math frustration
- a comparison of 4 popular math programs and
- hands on ideas to get kids more excited about math.
One of the biggest reinforcements I got from listening to the workshop was to have children do some strenuous exercise right before starting their math. I had started this with my own son a few weeks before, and it really has made a difference. The exercise gets his blood pumping and his mind functioning and ready to focus on the most difficult task of the day - sitting and concentrating on math for 1-2 hours. I enjoyed the comparison of the 4 math programs. We seem to be doing quite well with Saxon math at this point, so since it's not broke...I do remember having issues with Saxon with my older children, though. Ms. Evan's hands on ideas are good reminders for veteran homeschoolers and excellent helps for beginners. Putting math into practice in everyday life is probably the most helpful way to get kids excited about learning their sums. May I suggest a sequel? How to get your child excited about Algebra/Trig/Calculus;)
Raised in Guatemala, Susan earned her Bachelor's degree in English in the United States, and has taught in public schools here and in London, England, where she was also a middle school Drama director. In this audio workshop, Susan gives dozens of tips from her own experience as a public school teacher, as well as a homeschooling mom of four. She is unashamed to give all credit for her successes to God, and to accept all responsibility for her shortcomings.