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Musings on Math

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Homeschooling can be frustrating, lonely, and a constant battle of wits. You think your child should have already mastered some basic concept, but you find yourself constantly asking the same questions over and over, floored as to why you are going over this *yet again*.

But in the frustrations, there is joy and hope.

My eldest is second grade and was in public school last year. This year we are back to homeschooling and I feel like I am spending math lesson after math lesson going over the same basic math concepts with her desiring to do all her addition work by adding 1’s (so rather than 6+4=10, it becomes 6+4=7,8,9,10). (We use RightStart math, and something I love about the curriculum is its emphasis on visual learning – this results in math being more logical and students being able to make faster calculations.)

Finally though, we are having little break throughs! I left her to work on a RightStart Math Level B worksheet today (adding 8’s) and after 10 minutes I came back to find her staring at the page. Sigh. So I stopped, worked through it with her (again) and then, after a couple of sums the penny just dropped and she broke out into a huge smile as she suddenly just *got it*.

And those moments make it all worth it!

So, homeschooling parent: be brave. Soldier on. You can do this! Live for each of those Aha! moments and cherish them! They will come: I promise 🙂


Are you looking for a math curriculum you can use with your whole family? We’ve loved using RightStart Mathematics. You can learn more by checking out the rest of my blog posts on this curriculum, or visiting the RightStart website to get started!

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