6th grade homeschooler – Having issues with her math level which varies across concepts.
05/31/2010 at 05:59 AM

My 6th grader seems to be doing okay at her math, but is usually better at some concepts than the others, and at times, needs pushing in a few. I make sure to supplement her books with worksheets and some online tests from time to time. However, most such materials need me to figure out what topics she needs to practice myself, and figure out what she needs to learn, and at what pace.
Would love to know of a program that can judge her on what she knows or needs to know, and helps her out with a structured plan or time line of her learning over the year – Would help me loads and make me feel confident that we’re following the right path and pace.

Crystal

Maybe your son isn't interested in the work or it's hard for him, so he puts it off. I was like that. To this day, it takes me a long time to complete tasks, no matter what they are. I too am smart, but I always feel like I have to put that much more effort into things to accomplish them or do them well. I always remember envying the kid who said he didn't study and he got an A. For me to get that A, it always took so much effort and hard work. For this reason, I never really liked school. I did excel though in those classes that came easy to me or that I found interesting. For me, the teacher made all the difference. Different kids learn in different ways. You have to find what works best for your son. One thing I found too was that if I did a little bit of work each night rather than wait til the last minute, I was so much more prepared for test time. Teach your son to organize and prioritize. Find ways of making the subject matter more interesting. If he finds the work to be difficult, review it w/ him each night so he's not forced to learn it all at once. It's really hard when the motivation is not there, but if you can find that one thing that gets your son excited about learning, it will definitely help. Stay on top of his work. Talk to your son. Talk to his teachers. Even get a tutor if you have to. Your son sounds smart, but if he's anything like me, he needs that extra push to just do it. Focus on his strengths, and work on weaknessness. I really hope this helps. Good luck!

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