I admit it...I feel like a total failure when it comes to mathematics and my oldest son. My younger children are comfortable with math. To them it's just a part of life. A little game they play. Mary begs to do math. Really.
David (age 10) has a stress reaction every time he is approached with a math worksheet...or even the mention of the word "math."
It all started back when he was in school. Kindergarten was a breeze. Then came 1st grade...and the wheels came off.
He was stuck reading a 1st grade reader all year that he read from cover the cover the first day he brought it home.
He was taking spelling tests for 3 letter words, words he could spell with his eyes shut, and reading at a 5th grade level.
And he decided he absolutely hated math workbooks. Every single page was like wringing a quart of blood from him. Homework took hours. And every ounce of patience I had.
So second grade we did at home and things improved for him, but he still hated math.
Over the past 3 years, I've tried this math program and that math program (Singapore, Making Math Meaningful, Math Mammoth, Math on the Level, and supplements like Mathletics, Quarter-Mile Math, Calculadders, Time 4 Learning, and plenty more, I know I'm forgetting some:-). I've tried no math program in an effort to just shore up his current knowledge and use every day experiences.
The funny thing is...he's very good at math when he applies himself. He picks up concepts easily. But, he's convinced that he's not good at math. And he hates repetition. Once he's decided he knows something, he doesn't want to practice it. At all.
I'm at the end of my rope here. This kid wants to be a structural engineer or an architect or a scientist...some day. He needs the math. But now he's behind. I know there's still time for him to gain all the skills he needs for higher math, but I need to find something to use with him that we can both stick with without pulling our hair out. Preferably something mastery based, because endless spiraling review is something he won't stand for and it would take him forever to catch up that way. Possibly something that comes in smaller books instead of one huge book...or with a computer component.
I would say he's at a beginning 4th grade level (he'll be entering 5th, whatever that really means, in the fall).
Anybody have any suggestions? What math program do you use? And what do you like about it?