One of my children has had a hard time academically, mostly because of a lack of focus from me during my health problems of the past few years. The results of standardized tests in the spring, while not as alarming as I feared, were indicators of several areas where he needed concentrated attention. The most obvious was math, partly evidenced by the fact that he froze up in terror on that portion of the test. Well, I have made his math a priority so far this year, and it is already paying off--both in his understanding of the concepts and in his ability to concentrate and get through a whole lesson. Today, he fairly whizzed through his lesson, and since I was in the same room with him the whole time (which helps, LOL) I became aware that several things are clicking that had been real struggles last year. These included his multiplication facts and his understanding of fractions. But today I heard him dispatch those "times" facts with automatic speed, and his ability to calculate equivalent fractions in his head astounded me! He surprised himself as well! So I think perhaps we've broken through a wall that seemed unscalable just three months ago.
Take heart, fellow travelers! "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning!"
Well, at least by 9:45 when problem #30 is finished!