Monday, July 26, 2010
Katie finished her Alpha level book for Math-U-See today! I am so very proud of her!
She now gets to move on up to Beta!!!! YAY!!!!
This level of Math has proved to be our first real challenge as far as school work goes. Although she can technically do some things that are more difficult than this level, we started it in February to reiterate and relearn some methods that will make math easier in the long run. So, toward the end of the level..the last 4-5 lessons or so...it got to a spot that was extremely frustrating to her and me! But, after some encouraging words from a friend (experienced Math-U-See user with a child older than Katie), I relaxed and moved on. Turns out that when we moved onto the same concept in what was supposed to be a more difficult application, it finally clicked and she breezed right on out of the book! I gave her the "final test" today to make sure she retained the info over a full weekend, ha ha, and she passed with flying colors! The Alpha level covered single digit addition and subtraction, and time. Doesn't sound like a lot, but Math-U-See pretty much teaches all the way to algebra with it, so she was even doing solving for an unknown value and two step story problems using the single digit adding and subtracting.
Beta covers quite a bit more material. Some of it she has already been exposed to, but others not so much... so we'll see how it goes. I had hoped to be starting into Beta last week according to my plans, but we're only a week behind...totally fine considering we now have 32 weeks to finish 30 lessons in the Beta level. I am finding it a little easier to breathe now. :)