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3/2/2006 12:49:03 PM
We frequently receive requests for help with teaching high school math. We know this is a difficult subject for many families so here are some ideas and thoughts to help you:
This is a subject that parents must teach. Refrain from merely giving your child the book to read and to do the exercises. Work through the chapter with your student as well as the practice problems. Then check the completed assignment and go over problems which are incorrect. Taking time to teach through the lesson at the front end will actually save you time from needing to search through the material later when your child runs into a concept he/she doesn’t understand. Especially if math is not your forte, you’ll benefit from learning right along with your child as you teach through the lesson.
For extra help, many curriculum providers offer educational advisors to answer your questions either by phone or email. This service is usually offered free of charge. As examples, Saxon Math offers a math helpline, and Abeka offers free help with a curriculum advisor who can assist you with questions on a particular math problem.
Other homeschool families who are stronger in math will also be good resource people, or perhaps a church friend who is a retired school teacher or (retired homeschool mom!) or someone who works in a math field could provide help. You can offer to supply them with the textbook so your student can call them on the phone with questions, negating the need to travel. If your budget allows, consider hiring a tutor. They may be more economical than you think.