Another question. (Can I ask more than one question a day?
I'm teaching my son basic math, the 7 year old, and I have a problem. I'm not good at ALL at basic math. And I mean plus, minus, multiplication, etc.
Before you say much -- I should tell you I have a science degree in theoretical mathematics. And I graduated with honors.
Have I confused you yet? LOL
Here is the issue... I am extremely good at higher level math -- algebra, calculus, abstract algebra, linear algebra, geometry, non-euclidean geometry, number theory, etc, etc, etc. All those things that terrify many homeschoolers. I do private tutoring and teaching on these subjects for highschool and college students, and I'm pretty good at making math simple for kids who find it very difficult.
BUT I CAN NOT ADD AND SUBTRACT. I use a calculator for almost everything. 17+4 ? Give me a calculator. I got straight Cs in math, and many tears, all through school, until Geometry, when I started to get straight As -- because they let us use calculators finally. I always had "carelessness" written on the top of my math papers. But I wasn't being careless -- I actually tried very hard! I just have a very hard time with basic number stuff. I know I'm dyslexic, and I suspect I may also have dyscalcia (sp?!?).
I see on so many homeschool boards to teach math in life -- when you're cooking, at the store, etc. But that is what is EXTREMELY hard for me. I can estimate ok, but anything else, please... I wouldn't know if the store clerk gave me incorrect change unless it was a huge mistake. It's stressful.
So, I'm trying to teach my son basic math, and I have NO IDEA how normal people think about these things. We have Singapore math, and it looks good (we didn't start yet), but for myself, I look at the problems and think, how is he supposed to just KNOW that? And then I think, well, everyone ELSE just knows it. But... how do they know it?? I look at the math he did last year in school and think, wow, that's hard for me, but so easy for him. How does he do that??
Do kids memorize it? Do they just *know*? Seriously... ?