Problem now is that he still really hates math and although I like the curriculum we have (Math U See) because it always explains WHY and WHEN and not just HOW, he dreads doing it, zones out, doesn't think about what he's doing, and sometimes does poorly, although doesn't really have trouble getting concepts. I don't make him do mindless worksheets either. I only have him do as many problems as it takes to show me he gets the idea in terms of when to use the concept and that he can do it. I try to come up with as many word problems as possible because he likes those better.
What I want to know is, how much math does a person really need? I keep thinking he has to learn this stuff because you have to have a basic level of math skills under your belt, but what is that level???? Does it include multiplying mixed numbers? I don't see him working in a field where high level math is required, but I don't want to limit him at such a young age to the possibilities open to him. He is much more of a reader/writer but loves the computer and designing web sites. Will he need alot of math for that kind of work? Who has the answers to these questions? Any grown unschoolers out there who let go of the math at a certain point and don't regret it?
Another thought: is he interested in music? My mother, who works in the high-tech field says that all of the people she has dealt with who are good software writers, etc, are also good at music. Reading music and music theory relate to math in the way the brain uses both types of information. I don't really know how but I have heard that from several sources. In my personal experience, those who I know that are good with computers tend to have some background in music as well. You might want to see if your son would be interested in pursuing a musical instrument, if he hasn't already, in the time being.
Some people just don't like math.
oh, there are sone threads about mathnatics and some lesson plans somewhere on this board. The ocncept is different from school math and might apeal to your son. Both threads were started by Alexander so if you do a search on him you should find them easily enough.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
i think if you just let him go, he'll learn what he needs to when he actually needs to use it.
Your child is learning a ton already by devoting his time to web design/computers. What's even cooler is that he's self taught in this area. Which means, he knows what his goals are and he is learning what he needs in order to get there. Programming is a formal system governed by logic, Math is a formal system governed by logic. He will learn the math that *he* needs to learn in order to be successful. I would respect his interests in this area. Support him and encourage him.
It is written like a novel and I was surprise to understand some math concepts I never had a clue of before...
I will look if I can find the title of this book in English
Valerie, I would be interested in that book if you find the title. We have used a lot of fun and interesting books about math that my son has enjoyed (though he wouldn't have picked them up to read on his own). I just worry about the skills, the skills.......
You can look at the back cover here
The title is : The Number Devil
Have a good time with this Devil
Another good book is the "i hate mathematics book" by marilyn burns.