I am getting frustrated with teaching my oldest dd. I don't plan on sending her back to ps until high school, and that is only if she still wants to go. However, I think we must be at some sort of transistion point. I am wondering what works for other families with middle school hs children.
Math. . . I never thought I would resort to video math instruction because it is my strong subject. However, I think I may start. If I am teaching her something that she ends up not "getting" right away, she gets very upset. Usually, the reason for her confusion is that she forgot some minor detail that we had covered before. When I notice that (esp. if I can anticipate it) I will do a brief review of some key concepts first, but it doesn't always work out that way. I have always tried to explain or demonstrate the "why" of math, but it seems that the "whys" we encounter now require an explanation that is beyond her understanding. This frustrates her. She has always been a perfectionist, and "not understanding" something has always been hard for her. I thought we had moved on, but this last week has me questioning myself.
English. . . I know that this is my weak area. After reading other people's posts about SWI, I went ahead and started that this last month. This is our first jump into video lecture style learning. I watch them too and I feel that my role is that of support and further explanation if necessary. It is working well so far.
Because of our success with the writing program, I am toying with her doing math this way too. However, she already does Rosetta Stone for Spanish too. I am starting to feel like I am sending her away to learn (much like a ps). I expect that we would continue to do literature, grammar, history, and science together.
Does anyone else find themselves becoming more of a coach/tutor vs the "teacher" as their kids get older?