Math, the final frontier
Today I found out my daughter is behind in math. Normally I would love to help my children grow and learn but this is an area that has always given me problems, ever since I was a child my mind did not comprehend math.
It’s very frustrating to know that I can’t help her, so I am taking the initiative to learn math again, starting over from the age of 38. My mom bought my daughter a book called “Girls Get Curves” by Danica McKellar (yes, it’s Winnie from Wonder Years. I loved watching that show when I was a kid), and it focuses on helping middle school girls learn geometry.
Of course I need to buy all of her other books like “Math Doesn’t Suck”, “Kiss My Math”, and “Hot X: Algebra Exposed”, which will help me to understand math in a simpler way than what I was taught. I have to admit though, in my mind I believed that math was hard, so math became hard because of what I believed about it. Now I must believe the opposite, know that math is easy and that I can understand it.
I know all I need (and my daughter needs) is for that one person to add the missing piece and our minds will understand math, but the hard part is finding that one person who knows just the right way to explain it and expand our minds.
“Everything is easy for those who believe.”
About Mimic Nature
Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids.
With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away.
So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature.
Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting.
I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family.
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It’s a small world. I understand the frustration that you and your daughter have toward math. I am a retired Mathematics teacher who has taught Algebra, Geometry and basic math on the secondary school level. It has been my experience that there is always more than one way to skin a cat.
I too remember Danica from Wonder Years. And was surprised of her expertise in the subject.
Good luck, I’m sure you’ll come upon that one person.
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It’s nice to hear that people understand me, especially a person who does understand math. I was reading more of Danica’s book and maybe I it’s the language I didn’t understand? Converse, inverse, and contrapositive, it’s like learning a new language! Although Danica gives you cute little ways to try and remember what the meaning is.
Thanks Alan, I’m sure I will find that one person too. I have actually bought myself some 6th and 7th grade math workbooks to help me get started.
I watched a video about someone’s near-death experience, and she said that God created everything with math…I thought that was interesting, and it made me think that knowing math could be knowing a piece of God 🙂 have a great day Alan!
Something just came to mind. Go to http://www.khanacademy.org, on the opening page there are separate sections for students, teachers and most important “parents.” The explanations are displayed on screen with audio guidance. I think you’ll be pleased. And it is free.
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Thanks for Alan, I’ll check that out! 🙂