R.G. asks from Mesquite, TX on April 18, 2009
Seeking Moms Feedback on How to Help My Son with Math
Hello Mamasource friends,
I really need your feedback, love and support. My 13 yo is in the 7th garde and really does well in school, he has a big heart and really tries hard to bring home A's & B's, which he does. The problem we are having is that pretty much all of his life he have struggled with Math. My husband and I have been out of school for ages and to be honest we struggled as well in school with Math. We have kind of prepared ourselves for him to not pass TAKS Math, which we know that it is not mandatory for seventh grade to pass in order to go to eighth grade, but it is mandatory for eighth grade to pass to go to ninth grade. (BUT WE NEVER TELL OUR SON ANY DIFFERENCE ALL HE KNOW IS THAT HE MUST PASS THE TAXKS TEST). I am seeking help for the summer to get him ready for eighth grade Math, as well as eighth grade TAKS. I was wondering does anyone know of any summer programs, camps or teachers that can help him with Math this summer. I normally go to Mardel and buy the workbooks for Math for his grade level trying to get him ready for the next year. My son will work some in the workbook in the summer, but trying to take a different approach this year. I just need any and all feedback. I still want him to work, but also want him to have a summer as well, so he want feel that he did not have a summer. My son advise he wants the help, so please if you can think of anything or have any suggestions, please help. Just parents that are trying hard to help our son do well in Math. The other subject we do not have any problems in, but Math have always been the kicker. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers Mamasource friends.
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So What Happened?™
Hello to all of my Mamasource friends, I just wanted to apologize for taking so long to respond back to each and everyone that shared information to try to help my 13 yo son that struggles with Math. Well good news, he past all parts of the TAKS test a few point short of being commended on Reading, but barely passing Math. I was ok with it for the fact I was happy that he past. Well this will be his second week with a private tutor and he really likes him. I was kind of concern, but one day I was sharing my concerns with my two year old in home child care provider and she told me that she had a great tutor some years back for her son and that how he taught her son well. She immediately called him for me and I spoke with him and so far so good. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, because when school starts back he will in the 8th grade and he must past the Math in order to go to how school the next year. Again thanks for all the feedback,support and prayers.
T.C. answers from Dallas on April 18, 2009
the previous posters offer sounds awesome! Sounds like the perfect solution to have a tutor. Math is fun and it makes sense pretty much only when you have a good teacher. Most people I know who don't like math is more because they were taught poorly than anything else.
I homeschool my six year old and we use "math-u-see". They have a website online and are truly awesome...so far. My daughter went from grudingly working on her math to eagerly working on it. There is a DVD that comes with it with an instructor that teaches the lessons on it. They might have a forum or something on their website if you have qustions. I'm not sure.ours is still so basic. Anyway I highly recommend it. Let me know if you're interested and have any questions.
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J.H. answers from Amarillo on April 18, 2009
You might could find a toutor. Sometimes one persons method to explain a math problem is different than another, and it will just click. I had one teacher that I didn't understand anything all year, and another one that I could get it. If he has a teacher this summer it doesn't have to be where it takes up all his summer, I agree he needs to have his summer. And what is the matter with a C? If he is trying, and not just goofing off, I see no problem with a C, and neither does my sister -in-law that was teacher of the year, one year. She thinks some really smart kids don't necessarly make straight A's, and some kids that make all A's don't know how to come in out of the rain. I also had another teacher one time tell me that math isn't something to be afraid of, and they were going to try and teach their students that. I don't know that this will help since he isn't your childs teacher, but you get the idea.I hope you can find a toutor that is fun loving, and not a hard nose, that can ease up the pressure on keeping up with math this summer. Sometimes a good high school math student can toutor a younger one. In our small town that was did, and it worked out real well, they just came to your home for an hour, and worked on what type problem your child was having a problem with. I hope some of this helps. I prayed for you.
S.W. answers from Dallas on April 18, 2009
Practice Practice Practice!
Workbooks are great, however, if they are not TAKS formatted, so he can get those skills down.
I am a third grade teacher. I tell my kids that the math test is a reading test, just adding numbers. And boy is it! The questions are mostly word problems, two to three step problems. Students need to know the skills and when to apply them. It is really difficult.
There is a book i got from a seminare through my school district I took a few months ago. It is called Math to Know. It is a series- beginning with 3-4th grade, up to 8th grade. I think it is a great resource and teaches concepts. There is a workbook that you can purchase, but I haven't seen it.
There are also some great online websites that your son can use to practice skills. Tips4TAKS.com is another resource with TAKS-like questions.
I would also talk with your sons math teacher, or his "potential" teacher next year (if you know) and see if they offer tutoring over the summer, or know of a place you can check out.
I have been in your son's shoes myself. I was aweful at math! I survived and absolutely LOVE teaching it!!
K.L. answers from Dallas on April 18, 2009
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T.F. answers from Dallas on April 18, 2009
Get a tutor. Most all kids we know have them. My daughter is in 8th grade honors and going to 9th grade honors. She and 98% of her friends (also in honors) have private tutors to stay on top of things. The guidance counselor should be able to help you with teachers who tutor. Many teachers tutor on the side. Expect to pay about $50 and hour.
There is a website and I forget the exact name but you can print the previous (07) TAKS test and he can practice. There are guide books available as well.
Most schools offer onsite tutoring before or after school as well for FREE. Take advantage of that as well.