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Going back to basic math for older student

Questions and Answers with Ann

This Week’s Q&A


I want to take my 8th grade son back to basic Math – 6th grade stuff. He doesn’t have a strong grasp of some of the basic Math skills and I think that is a major problem. Can I do that? I don’t want him to fall behind the rest of his age group but I also don’t want to send him forward without a good strong foundation. I think we can work through the basics rather quickly and build his confidence in them and move him onto the 7th and 8th grade level by the end of summer. That way he will start this fall at the 9th grade level where he should be. Is this a good plan or am I going down a dangerous path?….


If most of us were honest with ourselves, our children are all over the map in their understanding of core subjects! They are positively geniuses in some areas and challenged in others. Many homeschooled students work on different grade levels for different subjects allowing homeschooling kids to master each subject.

The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that you recognize his need and can go back and teach the skills necessary for him to understand and continue to move successfully forward in Math. You are able to teach at your child’s level and include his interests. This is precisely what allows a homeschooling student to progress 2 to 4 times faster than if they were in public school.

Here are some Math publishers for homeschool along with Math for teens and Math games to help you and your son. Good luck.

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Ann Zeise

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