Wednesday, June 2, 2010

So I'm Judging a Math Curriculum According to the Sound of a Man's Voice?

Far be it from me to rely on first impressions - hah!  The Teaching Textbooks math program has arrived on the scene here in our house and SO FAR SO GOOD.  Greg Sabouri, an author of TT, is a fun teacher with a very pleasant voice.  How's that for using instinct to key in on what works?  Kind of silly, really.   But Max is enjoying the lectures (which are short and sweet), and he's cruising through the practice problems.
Since Max detests math worksheets, the TT format, for him, is brilliant.  All of your work is done on the computer screen with the click of the mouse and the use of your neural pathways, the ones which conjure up the answers to 'what's an addend'?  and 'what's the communicative property of addition?'  Not hard because all you do is place yourself in a chair, make yourself comfortable, and hit the play button to get the CD rolling.

We've started with Math 4, even though we just finished up 4th grade.  Back to the beginning, more or less, but I did this for two reasons.  The first several lessons are EASY and he will experience success with these.  Plus, it's important to go back and fill in those gaps with a little math caulk before moving on to next year.  My sinister plan is to continue with a lesson a day through the month of June and then officially embark upon some summer fun.  We aren't doing any other school-related activities other than math for the next month.  He should be able to stomach that (I hope).

So, Mr. Sabouri's voice is friendly and fun, we've got nothing else on the school docket for the month of June, and Max loves to be in front of a computer.  I am optimistic that Teaching Textbooks will save the day - at least it will quell a lot of the anxiety I've had about math.  Hmm.  There's a statement - Max probably felt my anxiety all year long (of course he did) and my anxiety probably made his math anxiety worse than it needed to be (of course it did).  See how much you really learn while homeschooling????  Maybe it should read, 'see how much you learn while parenting'.  This homeschooling venue is a fascinating place for parents and children alike.  As long as we pay attention to stuff like that, I think we'll be just fine.
Thanks, Mr. Sabouri, for putting together what looks to be a stellar math program that fits my kiddo's learning style.  And thanks for having a very nice voice.  Off to a great start!

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