Thursday, October 2, 2008


Dominic had stalled in math around April. He just wasn't making the leap from adding one to adding more than one. He could do it if he used manipulatives, but he couldn't do it if you just asked him, "What's 2+6?" Since I'm not in a hurry, I decided to set aside math and just let his little brain play with it for a while. It seems to have paid off.

The other day, while I was dressing, Dominic came in my room. He said to me, "I'm going to practice my evens." Let it be known that I had no idea what he was talking about. So, I said, "Go ahead." He then proceeded to practice his two plus facts starting with 0. Then, he "practiced the odds." At that point, I realised that his brain had made the leap and he was ready to move on. I was, however, not anticipating how big a leap it had made. I expected to slowly work through the next lesson, perhaps having to stop and do the same thing we did with 2+'s. After all, he was getting ready to learn the 9+ facts. Well, I explained the 9+ facts to him. Five minutes later, he knew all the 9+ facts and was ready to move on. He did the same with the 8+ facts and has since gone through 5 math lessons with extreme ease.

I seriously doubt this will continue forever. I imagine that he will once again hit a wall at some point. If he does, that'll be okay. Hopefully, I'll remember this and won't get frustrated. Hopefully, I'll just relax and let his brain catch up. In the meantime, we'll have fun.

Then, there are Xavier and Gabriel. They are learning multiplication and percentages/decimals, respectively. Their books are pink and purple. Ah, the joy of having your male children work out of pink and purple books. There's just something worth enjoying in your male children having to work out of books they consider to be girl colors. It is especially enjoyable when your oldest male child is a chauvinist. Have I mentioned what he said to me during a heated argument pleasant discussion the other day? He said to me, "Mom, don't argue with a man." Forget for a moment the fact that men are not always right, the boy is not a man! I kindly pointed that fact out to him. Perhaps, I should kindly point out the fact that he is using a purple math book....

The only problem is that they have both really taken to the part of math they are studying. They're getting it. As a result, I realized they will both complete their math books within the next 3 weeks. Huh? Finish a year's worth of math in 9 weeks? Gabriel? I'm not complaining. It's a wonderful thing. I just don't have the next math book for them, yet. But, after coming to this realization, today, I immediately got online and ordered their new books. By the time they're ready for them, the new books should be here.

This is the last book I'll have to buy for Xavier. After he finishes the next book, he'll be up to where Gabriel started last year. So, we've got the books. As long as Gabriel manages to stay ahead of Xavier, we'll be okay. Quite frankly, I'm not sure he will. But, as Gabriel regains his confidence in his ability to do math, he's working much more quickly and efficiently. He's very excited because he'll be starting pre-algebra. I loved algebra and I can't wait for him to start it. I have a feeling he's going to have a lot of fun with it.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like they're doing great! Isn't it wonderful when something finally "clicks"?


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