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This post is going to be a lot shorter than the previous posts for History and Science, but I still wanted to give it its own post. Gavin has always been very strong with math and from kindergarten through 3rd grade, it was his favorite subject. During those years, he went to a very challenging charter school and thrived there. When we moved to Ohio and put him in regular public school, his love of math dwindled. I chalked it up to getting older and starting to dislike school. But as I am learning now, it had nothing to do with his age or a particular phase. It had everything to do with there being no challenge for him, especially with math.
Gavin is still really good at math and by the end of the year, he may be starting algebra, a year earlier than he would if he were still in public school. He does have a college algebra textbook that he reads on his own time and he does fairly well with it, but we are starting him this year with standard 7th-grade math because I have noticed quite a few gaps that we need to fill. He also has a few pre-algebra workbooks to use throughout the year. This should be a good year for him in math, as he is already so excited and loves math again.
We started out using a different math book, but it wasn’t really working for Gavin, so we switched to:
As you will have seen in the previous curriculum posts, we are fans of this series. Where the On Core Math book is lacking, this book picks up the slack.
This is one of the pre-algebra workbooks we have. It’s good so far but seems a little young with the cartoons in it, but Gavin seems to like it. I guess that’s all that matters!
This one is more of what I was expecting out of a workbook, no cartoons. Ironically, Gavin likes this one as much as the last one. What I am learning is that he likes workbooks and worksheets. Are we sure this kid is mine?
I realize this is not a book, but it is still a part of his curriculum. Gavin is a VERY hands-on kid and loves manipulatives. So I made sure to get him these tiles to help him. Side note, Lex is in a college algebra class and uses these too.
More than likely, we will end up buying more prealgebra workbooks or just go straight into Algebra before the year is through, so this list may change throughout the year. Come on back and see what changes we make!
What is your child learning in math this year? Do they love it?