Originally Posted by carmel23
Observing my kids, though, I don't think of reading and mathematics as really that different. I think that they way they are taught can alienate some kids/put them off.
But really calculus and Latin have more in common then we allow, sometimes.
I'll have to think about this some. In many ways watching DS has made me more aware of many things mathematical. For starters, I've really thought a good bit about the difference between arithmetic and math itself. DS has an amazing grasp of concepts but balks at being asked to do repeated addition (a la mastery theory of math ed). He intuits much about math because of the logic, but I'm not sure that rolls over to reading.
I've always felt math & music, both of which were huge parts of my childhood, have many similarities, though people are often grouped as "math" or "creative." I've found DS to enjoy math & history while DD is more language/science, though I know that's not a typical grouping.
I know DS can read more than we've previously assumed, but he gets very hung up on exceptions to standard rules. DD(3) has been reading some things aloud the past few days, and I didn't know she could read. She's not likely to tell us when she learns something, whereas DS is yelling, "look at me!!!" constantly.
DS really doesn't have any independent desire to read things, though. I'll let him stay up with a book to read or with a book of puzzles, and he chooses the puzzles every time.
Both DH & I have more balanced abilities. I know that my subset scores always showed higher aptitude in math, but language skills weren't far behind. DS feels very unbalanced, though, but maybe it's more an interest issue with him, rather than ability.