Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #455
I can be stubborn when money is involved. If I'm shelling out a significant amount of money for a book, I want to make sure I get my money's worth. I didn't even let Marina or Chase write in their cheap math workbook, because I figured I would be using it for Sierra eventually. After months of tears with a math text that simply was not working for Marina, I finally laid it aside and decided that my daughter's well-being was more important than the money invested in a book we didn't like. I remembered that I didn't need to push on with something that was creating math anxiety. And luckily, we had an extensive library system literally at our fingertips. I do a lot of my library book searches online and place holds so that the book is delivered to my local library branch. I discovered many different math texts and books that explained concepts in clearer ways. We became educational product testers, setting aside the books that were confusing and noting the ones we liked for future purchase. It's this flexibility that endears me to homeschooling. If a book or text is not working for us, we are not stuck with it. I wish I had had this option back in sixth grade when I was starting to get overwhelmed by math.