Sometimes we forget to challenge our children when we homeschool. Unlike the more common form of schooling, homeschooling affords us the opportunity to take things slowly. We can reassess methods as necessary, and because we have more time to do so, we do not have to rush to get through the material. It is much easier to track the progress of individual students in a small setting. We do not need to focus on standardized exams and controversial regulations. Despite the freedom to go slowly and to make changes as we go, we can make mistakes.
My Math History
Let me begin by saying that math is not my strongest subject. While I struggle with basic math, I sail through the more advanced concepts. I have dyscalculia, a disorder that makes it difficult for one to understand basic number sense. I struggle with understanding the logic of how numbers work and memorizing basic number facts. A person suffering from dyscalculia may not realize that if one has “five bees” and another has “five cats,” or “five books,” both people have five objects. The aforementioned is what many call “number blindness.”
As you can imagine being number-blind can make grasping math very difficult. By the time that I received my diagnosis of dyscalculia, I was in eleventh grade and had been struggling with basic math for years. I carry that with me as I homeschool.