Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom
Like many of us, I have a complicated relationship with math.
I like math.
But I don’t like how it’s usually taught.
I grew up naturally good at math in school. The subject made me feel powerful, and eventually I was offered the chance to skip 7th grade math (which I ended up declining–those 8th graders looked too scary!).
You’d think since I had a “positive” experience with math in school, I’d be eager to replicate that in our home.
But my heart (and my children) steered me in a different direction.
I see now that the main skill that led to my math success wasn’t understanding math; it was the ability to memorize. From an early age I used that skill to people-please my way into my teachers’ hearts, to form an identity for myself, and to cover up growing feelings of insecurity.
(See?! I told you it was complicated!)
And as the years passed, I had that familiar sense so many of us identify with when it comes to this subject: Boredom.
Those nagging questions rang through my head: “What’s the point of all this?” and “When am I ever going to use it?”