The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

June 8-11, 2016

Robert did all of that before.  He read texts from Horizon Reading to Learn C-D Fast Track.  He solved problems from all 140 lessons of Saxon Math level 4. He completed Daily Geography Practice –levels 1 through 5.  He performed operations on decimals. However, in the past he used Momentum Math to do so, while currently he follows Math U See Zeta level.  Moreover, we kept doing the same things every couple of years.

Usually a year or two pass before we redo the old curriculum.  During that time, we study using other sets of textbooks or workbooks. Those books might present similar topics in different contexts or might address new set of subjects and/or skills.

In the past, we read the same texts and completed the same worksheets dealing with science (human body, animals, habitats), social studies,  math.  We redid all three levels of Writing to Learn and repeated at least twice all the sections from grade 6 of Momentum Math.

Over and over. It looks as we got stuck in the same place.  But this is not the case.  We both learned.  We both perform on slightly higher levels.

I understand better, how to prepare Robert for reading a new (well relatively new) text in a way that would help him attend more closely to the story. Robert retains more facts  from the texts he read and increase his ability to find the information he somehow missed.

I learned to simplify my explanations.  Robert became more skillful in applying either my directions or his prior knowledge to answer questions from variety of subjects.

I learned to go ignore some topics as unnecessary ballast (For instance in Math U See I ignored hectograms into decagrams deciding that a familiarity with grams and kilograms should suffice.)  Robert became more flexible with switching among different kinds of tasks in Saxon Math.

Finally, there is this sly smile on Robert’s face when he solves the problem or comes with a correct answer. He knows that he knows.  And that is priceless.

 

 

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