Tuesday, October 24, 2006

An Algebraic Discovery

Yesterday, we made a wonderful discovery!

My Hubby can help homeschool Hammer, too!

Hubby stayed home again yesterday, more for mental health and less for his sinus infection, but regardless he stayed home.

Hammer and I have been working on algebra together.  It isn't my favorite and it has been a challenge for me to find the right mode of presenting it to Hammer.  Usually, he just reads the text (for example in bio, chem, etc) and does the tests himself, occasionally asking for clarification.

Algebra has been different.  I have suspected it is because he already understands inherently the advanced workings.

Yesterday, we confirmed that.

Hubby started to work with him.  He loved algebra and the advanced maths, and has remembered more than I forgot, which is good.

He was able to figure out what I couldn't.  That Hammer can do 5-6 step problems in about 2, which was causing all the confusion for me.  They worked together for about 2 hours and made lots of progress. 

I had just recommended getting an advanced math tutor, but now it looks like we can hold off on that and continue to work throught the workbooks and texts at home.  Hubby will just take over!

This is wonderful for me.  I have always been the 'point person' with Hammer's education.  I am happy to be able to share it. 

I think it is good for Hubby, too.  It is good for him and Hammer to have this to work on together.  Over the years, Hammer and I have grown very close over school work, I think it will open up a new dimension for father and son, as well.

be well,



wfhbear said...

Dawn, That is great!! I imagine that Hammer will learn quicker and retain more with his Dad teaching him as opposed to a classroom. I wish I had a good math background. I am really bad in that study. Libby is great but, I would expect that from someone who solves formulas in her head. Good Luck to Hammer and to your husband. I hope they bond well and that your Husband enjoys this. My Regards, Bill.

lurkynat said...

dear Dawn
how awesome! Algebra is difficult to master adn since your hubby loves it Hammer will relaly enjoy this work! awsome!

jckfrstross said...

have a good week:) i hate math lol


hsauls said...

Awwww.... that's so sweet. Believe it or not... I actually homeschooled for two  years, just my oldest. I homeschooled 7th and 10th grades... long story... he did well but dropped out after tenth grade. He is brilliant but just too much of a free spirit for formal education. Then he moved in with his dad... and so on... but I fully believe it takes both parents to educate a child whether they are homeschooled or attend public, private, military or whatever... both parents have to share what they're best at and work together. It's made all the difference in the world since Prince Charming started helping me with my kids' education...

I say Hubby becomes the math professor! And you get a break!

cacklinrosie101 said...

That's wonderful, Dawn!  And it will open a new dimension for Hammer and his daddy.  Math has always confused me.  I'm more into the arts and literature.  Have a good one!  HUGS  Chris

eml625 said...

I never do the math in this house, its Always Barry that helps the kids.
It's great for you to hand over some of the work to your hubby !

shadierush said...

When I was home schooling my kids I had to take them to their Dad to do Algebra Too!

ksgal3133 said...

That's great that your hubby can help him with his math :) I hope he feels better.


rainbowmoonbeam2 said...

That is awesome, Dawn!