I've scheduled a hard break after week ten - meaning we're taking all next week off. Hooray. Billy and Katie managed to get all their work done in a timely fashion, but Fritz, ever the foot dragger, had trouble getting his math done. He has six long division problems left for today (I'm sure he'll drag it out for the next hour). Then he'll have just one math test to do, and I'll probably make him do it tomorrow just to get it over with. In all fairness to him, we ran out of time for school on Monday and Tuesday and so he's had to do 5 lessons in 3 days. It's a lot of work.
I've been using Abeka math from the beginning. I think it's an excellent program. Last week, a friend told me that her 1st grader (Fairfax County public schools - among the best in the nation) is being moved up to 2nd grade math. The first graders aren't doing addition yet. Katie, my kindergartner, is about half-way through the very easy Abeka K math, and is doing addition.
Yesterday, another friend whose son, like Fritz, is in the 3rd grade (Fairfax County public schools) asked me what Fritz was doing in math. I showed her that day's assignment: adding numbers like $56.87 to $42.55, multiplying 23,765 by 6, basic word problems, what time does the clock say, write the Roman numerals from one to twelve, and dividing numbers like 5,421 by 5 (using remainders). Her son isn't even doing multiplication yet. Not even 2 times 5.
Today's assignment made me drop my jaw: pre-algebra!
N + 5 = 12 + 6
Solve for N.
I can see that Abeka has been leading up to this moment for years. In 1st grade math, a child has to fill in the blank with the right number for problems like blank + 2 = 5. In 3rd grade, you get N + 5 = 18. Abeka is not having the student subtract 5 from both sides, and I am frustrated that it doesn't, since that's how I learned algebra. But for now, I'll trust the program and see where it heads (and I'll teach Fritz to subtract 5 from both sides!).
But here we are at the close of business on Friday with most of what we set out to accomplish in 10 weeks done. I look forward to "relaxing" next week - I have 30 yards of ACU pattern fabric due to arrive on Monday.