For those who homeschool, picking a maths curriculum is a very big decision. Parents/teachers do all of the necessary research, they consider all of their options, and somehow make their decision. Then, for whatever reason, they start to think twice. Whether or not you’re new to homeschooling, it’s not uncommon to interrogate your choice of maths program. Being flexible is one of many benefits of homeschooling. If you find that your current maths program is not working, it may be time for a change.
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Here are six clear signs that your program is not working:
1. It’s Too Hard
Your student is beginning to dislike maths because of this curriculum. They are struggling everyday to remember the bit they learned the day prior. Perhaps the curriculum is going too fast, or maybe too much of their school day is spent doing maths. At this point, you have attempted to do everything you could and both you and your student are feeling disheartened.
2. It’s Too Easy
In comparison, this may not seem that bad. However, if your student feels that they are not being challenged, this is another easy way for them to tune maths out. If your student does not love learning, or at least fee challenged by what they are learning, they are more likely to be agitated and will stop paying attention. Does your student rush through the maths problems on a consistent basis? With no pause to think through what the question is asking of them? It may be time for them to advance to the next curriculum, as they may have developed the necessary skills to handle more challenging work.
3. It Doesn’t Equip Parents with Tools for Teaching
The one way the curriculum presents concepts doesn’t make sense to your student. It is also different from the way you learned it, making it a lot harder for you to explain the concept to your student with confidence.
4. There’s Too Much Material
It is very easy to get overwhelmed, both as the instructor and the student, if there is too much information/work to absorb. Parents may feel the need to use all material as a way to ensure that we are getting all that we paid for, but no one benefits from overworking a student who has already mastered the material.
5. There’s Too Much Teacher Prep Time
We should most certainly put in effort to teach our students. However, most of us need a curriculum where a good bulk of the groundwork has already been done. If we are required to spend too much time creating lessons, crafting materials for activities, or practicing the concepts ourselves, it can take time from making the class more enjoyable. Which leads us to our final point . . .
6. Nobody Is Having Any Fun!
Maths may not be the most fun thing in the world, but it should be just as enjoyable as it is challenging. If either of you find that you are not looking forward to maths everyday, something is not right.