I’m currently purging the schoolroom, starting to prepare for our move this summer. While cleaning out, I found these pictures I created long ago with my oldest daughter.
Ten years ago she was almost 7 years old. To say she was struggling with math is an understatement; no matter how much we worked on math, especially facts, the next day all would be forgotten. Zero retention. I began doubting my ability to teach her, especially since she was also struggling with reading.
Fortunately for both of us, around this time I also stumbled upon a yahoo group run by Cindy Gaddis at The Right Side of Normal. I learned so much from her and the other moms on the group. (The yahoo group has pretty much died out, but the Facebook page is still active, and her book and website contain wonderful information.) My child was absolutely a “resistant learner,” and thanks to Cindy this was the beginning of learning to work with my daughter, rather than against her.
We dropped all formal math curriculum and began to play. These pictures are the very first thing we created, a treasure for me as they mark the beginning of my journey as a teacher of (and learner with) my children, not just an instructor.