Monday, March 8, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #454
From grades 4 to 7, we used Singapore math for Marina. I did like Singapore math, it was very logical. Sometimes they would throw in a problem that required a call to my math support (my mother or my sister), but for the most part, I found it challenging for her and easy to follow.
Then Marina outgrew Singapore.
For the higher grades, Singapore has a set of books called New Elementary Math. I suppose if I had had a degree in mathematics, I may have had some hope of understanding the higher books. Instead, I found myself thrust back into my junior high school years of fearing failure. It didn't help that the series was approaching math in a completely different way. A little algebra here, a little geometry there...I felt like I just crossed the border into a foreign country without my passport or a map and no knowledge of the local language. Except this time I had my child there with me and watching her struggle and lose confidence was causing me to lose confidence in my ability to homeschool.
(to be continued....)