Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hitting Brick Walls in Learning

So have you ever had this happen to you during your homeschool journey? Everything is all roses and sunshine and your child is understanding things and homeschooling is great. Then all of a sudden out of the blue--Bam! You hit a brick wall in learning. What do you do? What can you do?

You can keep hitting your head against the wall. Are you getting anywhere besides tears?

You can try to gently push the wall forward. Are you exhausted yet? I am.

You can pull back, go around the wall and work on foundational work to build a ladder over the wall. Does this work? Yes, but it is a lot of work and balance and Mom has to really get her act together so that you can build that ladder.

Our current wall is equivalent fractions, addition and subtraction of improper and mixed fractions. Basically, stuff that you need to have your multiplications down very well to get through. So what are we going to do?

We are pulling away from the wall and putting fraction work on hold. The rest of 4a is work on graphs, angles and lines (fun stuff, easy stuff). And we will work on multiplication as extra review work. When she has the multiplication tables down we will go back and finish the work in fractions.

So what do you do when you hit a wall in learning? What really works for you? Do you get creative? Try other methods, directions, or do you plow through? Do you skip it for a while and come back? Do you make sure that the work that goes before is solid before working on the wall material?

I'd love to hear feedback on this.

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