Why is math so intimidating for homeschooling moms?
I really don't have the answer to that question, but I just might be able to help homeschooling moms whose nemesis is math. Yes, you can have your child dual-enroll at a nearby community college, but that probably won't work for the elementary years!
There is a solution for those who would rather have someone else teach their children math, but don't want to take them to one more outside activity! If we need help, we really need daily help because math is a subject that our children should do every day.
I received two DVDs, The Algebra 2 Tutor (6 hours of instruction) and The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor (8 hours of instruction) to review and was very impressed with the teacher and his style of teaching. Jason is a very calm and easy-to-understand teacher. We often only see his back because he is working problems out on the board. In fact, that's what I loved about the DVD--it is full of practical help! All of the teaching is done through example problems. That's how I like to learn math!
"He made everything really simple. I could understand it," (age 11, pre-algebra student).
"I liked how many problems he did. That's where I get confused with my math book," (age 16, algebra II student).
"I've already learned what he was teaching on the video, but I wish I could have learned it from him first. It would have made my life easier," (This was said with dramatic flourish!) (age 16, pre-calculus student).
"It was boring....but math is just boring to me. I would want to watch him, though, to learn how to do math problems. He's easy to understand," (age 16, geometry student).
Jason Gibson is the math teachers on the 2 DVDs I received. His education includes a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering, along with a master's degree in physics. His work history is fascinating, including research and engineering in various areas, including space technology. Right now, Jason works for NASA!
As Jason said, "I believe in learning by immersion so that is what we are doing!" He had an article on integrating math into everyday life in the 2008 winter issue of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. The article will give you a glimpse into Jason's philosophy of education, learning by immersion. This philosophy is evident in his DVDs because he immerses the child in math by doing problem after problem. Your child will feel that he truly has been taught how to apply the mathematical principles covered in each lesson.
There are no bells and whistles in Jason's teaching, just straightforward, easy-to-understand math instruction. Don't expect jokes, cute little cartoon characters, or funny skits. This is straightforward math!
"When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd," (Matthew 9:36 NIV).
It seems that Jason has compassion for moms who feel helpless and harassed when they think about teaching math! The great thing about Math Tutor DVDs is that you can learn, by watching Jason, how to teach math. And this extra help may be just what you need to boost your confidence in teaching math and other subjects.
Math Tutor's website has sample video clips to watch online. If you would like to see Jason in action, please check these out. I recommend watching them with your kids to see what everyone thinks. You can also find Math Tutor on facebook. Some of you may be wishing that you could hire a private math tutor for your children . This may be the help that you are looking for in your home school for the dreaded subject of math! I highly recommend this video series.
Want to learn more about teaching your high school children? Then, make plans to attend Finish Well in February 2012.
Homeschooling High School with you to the Glory of God!