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Do you do every page in a math book or workbook?

So I'm curious if you skip around for math. I like the mastery approach to math but wonder if I'm beating a dead horse. How do you know when they have mastered it? Do you skip around?
by on Oct. 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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jen2150
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 2:40 AM
We use teaching textbooks, life of Fred and a lot of living math. I listen to my kids. They are great for letting me know what they need. We are very flexible.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

 Mondays are the only long day in math for us.  We either watch the video or read the chapter (usually with DS8 we read and DS6 watches vid); then I do WS(A) with them telling me most of the answers and I talk out my thought processes.  On Tuesday they do WS(B) themselves (sometimes if they are having trouble they'll watch the video).  On Wednesday they do WS(D) on their own since it has the systematic review.  On Thursday they teach me using WS(E) And Friday is the test on a typical lesson.

There are only 30 lessons, we'd have the book done in less than 2 months doing a lesson a day.

Quoting KrissyKC:

Ok... I think I'm having my kids do too much math.   We use MUS, too.  

Up until recently, they just sat down and did it all... watched video, did lesson, and tested the next day before watching the next video.   So they were doing one whole lesson per day instead of per week or two.

Now that it's getting tougher, they move more at their own pace.   We do let them try to test out if they know the subject really well.   In this case, they do the first page for practice, skim the lesson book to see if they reviewed any other concepts, and take the test.   If they get at least a 90%, they can skip the work except we like to have them do the A&E page, too.

If they get less than 90%, then they do the lesson and we use one of the other pages for a "test" instead.

 

 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 We do Math U See.  We do the first page (A) together, the second (B) and fourth (D) he does on his own. Then he teaches me how to do the problem using (E).   Then if he doesn't have it down, he does (C) and possibly (F).  If he does know it, he skips (C) and (F) and does the test.  Then he does (G) Application and Enrichment for a review and to tie it to real life.  Most of the time they skip (C) and (F), so the whole lesson takes 5 days, but if they don't have it it can take as long as 8 days.

 

 

 

monkeybunns
by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Nope-we do Saxon and skip lessons and we stopped doing the workbook completely.  We usually end up doing 3 lessons in a day towards the middle to end because my son has grasped the concepts and gets bored.

coala
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

We do every problem but our book is on a spiral appraoch.  I think that its always important to review the stuff you have already learned so that you don't forget it.

puglove029
by Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

 

Same here. I think math is very important, and my daughter needs as much practice as she can get.

I used to think mastery was the way to go, but since I started homeschooling and using a text with a spiral approach I have noticed the concepts actually sticking.

Quoting coala:

We do every problem but our book is on a spiral appraoch.  I think that its always important to review the stuff you have already learned so that you don't forget it.


 

letstalk747
by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

skip around and finish it all

doriselm
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

We do every problem. I tell her it is for practice so she will get faster and faster in solving problems. She (third grade) is not complaining and she does two pages per day and test on Fridays. She is slow in math, but comprehends well now, after a testy year. My high schooler does even one day and uneven the next. Math is very important, but if she seems tired or has done a lot of other things already, I skip math for the day.

No_Difference
by Silver Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 8:11 AM
We don't do every problem or every worksheet. I've gauged if my daughter knows it by having her teach it back to me. Every once in awhile, we'll do a few review problems or sheets if she is struggling one day because she forgot something, but otherwise we only do as much as she actually needs otherwise math becomes unbareable.
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