Dialogue with my 9yo-
Me: Wow, Life of Pi was a great book! Have you ever read something that you just loved and could barely stop reading?
Son: Yes, actually.
Me: Really? What was it?
Son: My math book!
I was definitely not expecting that answer! It turns out he LOVES his summer math book. Life of Fred–Goldfish is a math book that reads like a chapter book, full of twists and turns on every page. At the end of each chapter, there is a “Your Turn To Play” section where he has a box of problems that relate the story.
Son: I can barely stop reading it!
Me: Why don’t you keep reading?
Son: Because then I have to do the problems.
Me: Well, why don’t you read ahead?
Son: I DO! But I still have to stop and do the problems.
Okay, so math is still math, but how fun that my son wakes up, reaches under his bed every morning, grabs his Life of Fred Decimals and Percents, his black & white composition book, and happily reads a chapter before coming down stairs.
I bought this textbook as an experiment. It is so successful, I plan to use it during the year as Friday math after a Saxon lesson on M-Th. I love the way it describes math concepts. Even if it’s something he already knows, it never hurts to look at the material from a different angle.