Now more than ever people keep asking me for advice on teaching/helping their kids get going with math.
Recently someone remarked to my advice that *I just don't see how you do it*...
So I did my best to summarize it quickly:
john was just over 3.5 when he started *tracing numbers* - the first kumon math book. we just did workbook pages every day until he exhausted them. got through grade 6 math and into algebra in 1.5 years.Note the Kumon books can be found at your local Big Box bookseller or on Amazon for about $7 a piece.
the path is very easy, just do the books one after another. you'll have to sit down with them and put in the time because they can't really press forward each step on their own. but obviously it's an investment that pays off. need discipline too. if you take a week off the kids lose momentum and may decide to put up a fight when you start up again. i've learned to never take days off - and to NEVER give in to their protests. even if you just do 10-15 minutes on a busy day it keeps you moving forward.
you can see the books here:
80 pages a piece.
after that you have these:
i think they are 73 pages each.
i deferred the *word problem* books until much later.
i skipped the grade 1 books.
16*73 + 14*80 = 2,288 pages
$hit....that's the first time i added them up.
that's 1,525 per year, 127 per month, or just over 4 per day for a 1.5 year time period.
i'm going to have to write this up as a post for my blog. thanks for stimulating me!
Oh, and make sure you math-interested people check out Math Rider. I have my daughter on it for around 40 minutes a day and she (and I!) are cruising with it. It's more than a little brutal teaching kids the math facts and this program will really help.
BTW, if you make your child do 4 pages a day of math, every day, they'll come to expect it as normal and won't put up a fight. PLUS daily work begets daily progress....and that begets pride and self-confidence.
Don't just think about it, DO IT.