I have a love-hate relationship with Math. I am pretty good at math. I mean, I graduated having taken Calculus in high school and survived, so I think that qualifies. In college, I tested out of every level, so they had me take a statistics course right out high school. I was in there with grad students. It was slightly intimidating. But, again…I survived. But that was officially my last math class in college. I switched majors to music and no longer needed math credits, so I was done. Or so I thought…
Fast forward a few years to our first child. We decided to homeschool him and that meant I would have to teach Math. Oh no problem I thought. Elementary math shouldn’t be a problem – we can do this. Our first year went great, he caught on and life was grand. Then came our second child. As it was time to begin math in our homeschool, it was like pulling teeth. Of course, I’ve never pulled teeth, but I imagine the pain of having them extracted would be much like the pain and agony of teaching Mister Mouse basic math.
Now he knew his numbers and he is a very active boy, so I thought going with the same curriculum that worked for our oldest would be a good fit. Boy was I wrong! Using the colorful pages with few math problems and great review each day worked well in the beginning. It wasn’t until we hit addition and subtraction that I really started to see a decline not only in his attitude, but in his understanding. What we were doing wasn’t working.
But having only had one child, who excelled in math and had moved on to another computer-based curriculum, I had no idea what to do.
I was lost.
And I could see me losing ground with Mister Mouse each day. He was continually frustrated. He fought me to do even one math paper a day, when we used to do two. He would do anything to get out of doing his work. We needed a change.
As I sat in on Patrick’s class, the creator of CTCMath, I immediately saw hope for the future of math lessons in our home. I was so excited about this program that I couldn’t wait to tell my husband all about it! We chatted about it off and on that night and I really felt like it was something we needed. A program that would change math in our home. The next day, I had my daughter with me (she was running a random fever and couldn’t attend her class), and we stopped by their booth. Sara, one of Patrick’s daughters, was there and was thrilled to show Miss Priss how to work the program.
She jumped right in and absolutely loved it! She wanted to sit and do another lesson and another. I knew right then, this was the curriculum for us! We had to have it. I purchased the annual subscription right then and there. I logged in as soon as we got home and got the two middles set up on their classes. We started that Monday and haven’t looked back since.
I seriously cannot say enough good things about this program.
- The lessons are short and to the point, which is a plus in Mister Mouse’s mind.
- They change the learning style of each lesson, so that kids of all learning types can succeed.
- The instructor is Australian, so my kids love to listen to them talk.
- The lessons start at Kindergarten level and go through Trigonometry!
- We can complete two lessons a day in a matter of 30 minutes per child.
- They can sit on the couch next to me, as I’m on bed rest with this pregnancy, to do their lessons.
- They can do their lessons on any electronic device – laptop, tablet, iPad.
- There is no more crying in our house about math.
Since we struggled so much with math this year, I decided we should do a little review and start at the beginning of First Grade math with Mister Mouse. So far, he is excelling and doing more than I ever thought possible. This program has given him the confidence and self-esteem he was losing as he continued to struggle with math. Just today he told me that he “was a pro at this math stuff now.” That simple statement brought a well of tears to my eyes.
He is enjoying math again. It may never be his favorite subject – and that’s okay, but at least now he knows he can do it. And I know he doesn’t dread and hate math…at least not as much. Math is important and I don’t want him despising school just because we have to do math. I want him to be comfortable adding and subtracting in every day life, because he’s gonna need it.
If you have a struggling math student/child, I highly recommend looking in to CTCMath. This is a program that works for all learning styles from Kindergarten through Trigonometry! If your child is in public/private school and struggling, I still recommend this program. You can use it as a supplement to what they’re learning in school to help them understand, gain confidence, improve grades and actually learn to love math!