Wednesday, November 29, 2006

It's the post-break brain erase!

This week has been a big struggle for Austin. We took nearly the whole week off last week, and this week he seems to have forgotten everything (well, at least everything related to math!)! Add that to the fact that we are beginning multiplication of 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and his brain has shut down! I've tried to explain to him that this is another really complicated thing, involving multiple steps of multiplication and addition, but he is so easily frustrated! Because math has always been his best subject, he has high expectations for himself. He thinks he should always just get everything right away. (I guess that's a good sign that he forgot the 6 months we spent on addition and subtraction with regrouping lol). So we'll just move slowly again while he gets the hang of this. He understands the concepts behind it, it's just the processing that is giving him trouble. I've also figured out some interesting things about math curricula and the assumption of concept generalization... but that's going to have to be another post.

Easy Grammar is going well, so far. He has memorized the preposition list, or rather refreshed it from when he learned them in 2nd grade with First Language Lessons. He intuitively understood what a prepositional phrase is. Next week we'll see if he can identify them in sentences! :) That's usually where we get tripped up --- application!

Is it Christmas break yet? LOL

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