Sure, you've heard it. I've said it. But for my kids, I refuse to believe it.
That said, Jake has never liked "math time." I say "math time" and not "math" because in the right situations, or with the right applications, he loves and uses math all the time. When the word "math" is said, however, he shuts off. That's all there is to it. Eyes glaze over, a pained look slowly morphs his face, and "I don't know" comes out of his mouth before the first problem comes out of mine.
Something isn't working. Geometry he gets. Measurement: of time and length and quantity he gets. place value...simple. Computation? Simple add and subtract stuff? Blank.
For you "not math" people, this may sound like torture. But I really do believe that math can be fun and engaging. And that is my quest.
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And with two days of math behind us and one more to come in several short hours, I will take a deep breath and read again these wise words:
Just as the eye was made to see color and the ear to hear sounds, so the human mind was made to understand quantity." --Johannes Kepler