Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Conquering the Fear of Math

My oldest son, now 12, didn’t get the best start when it came to math. We have joked for years, even before we started homeschooling, that daddy wouldn’t be able to help the kids when it came to math. He’s horrible at it. And that’s by his own admission, not something I say to be mean or pick on him about.

Unfortunately, our kidding gave my son a terrible case of math anxiety. He was nervous about doing math, long before he ever started calculating anything, lol!

We have stressed over the years that we don’t have any undue expectations from him, but having a child that anxious can over a school subject can be tough. Fortunately we found an online math program that helps calm his nerves. He can work at his own pace and the material is presented in a way that seems to stick with him. It also helps that he can re-do a quiz or test that he doesn’t do so well on, so he doesn’t have a bad score looming over him and causing him to dread the next lesson.

Have you discovered any tips for overcoming any homeschool anxiety in your “classroom?”

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Free-Thinking Homeschoolers

Some people would automatically associate the phrase “free-thinking homeschoolers” with other phrases, such as secular homeschoolers or even unschoolers.
Wanna know something? That association isn’t always correct.
Free thinking homeschoolers should be defined exactly how it sounds. As homeschooling families who are trying to raise children to think for themselves. They have open discussions on everything from spiritual beliefs and political affiliations to favorite foods and favorite movies.
I like to think that I am helping my boys be free thinkers. I was an adult, married with a child, before I fully realized that SO many of my opinions or beliefs weren’t really mine; they were my parents and they were projected onto me. Some of those things I did agree with them on, but I had to find my own way on many of them as well. My husband is the same boat, to a degree.
Our hope is that if we start now, while they are so young, that they understand they do, and will always have, the ability to form their own thoughts and be proud of that.