Struggles of a Homeschooling Mama: Algebra

Cara homeschooling, Parenting 2 Comments

algebra photo: Algebra algebra_basic.jpgAs a second-generation homeschooler, not much fazes me. I’ve experienced it, heard about it, done it.

However, we’ve just hit a stumbling point in our homeschooling. ALGEBRA. The big, bad, oh-so-necessary-to-graduate algebra. So what’s a mom to do when Algebra becomes a daily battle?

Here are a few things I’ve done:

1) I’ve had to reexamine why I homeschool. Do I do it because it’s what God is telling me to do, or has it become such a part of my identity that I can’t imagine giving it up? Answering this question takes prayerful honesty.

2) I’ve asked for help. Now I did this on Facebook. You can do this wherever works best for you. But I admitted — in public — that we were struggling and asked for advice. I also did this with spelling, and the advice I got then was spot on for our family. This time, I’m taking the suggestions and praying through them. which leads me to:

3) I’m remembering that each child is unique and different. My 7th grader is doing 9th grade math. She’s having to work at math for the first time in her life, and there’s a life lesson in that. But it doesn’t mean that I should stubbornly stick with the curriculum we’re using just to make a point. What will work for her, may not work for my 4th grader or my 1st grader. This is an opportunity for me to recommit homeschooling each of my children to God and ask Him for fresh insight into what will work for each child.

How do you handle struggles with your kids? And if any homeschooling pros want to weigh in with Algebra advice, I wouldn’t turn it down!

Comments 2

  1. Well, I don’t have kids at the moment but oh man, I can remember how much I battled through algebra in school…it might border on hilarious if I actually attempted to teach it to anyone. (I actually ended up making it through algebra just fine, but then came pre-calc…and that’s when I realized I should probably never, ever take another math class. 🙂 )

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