The old question of “can I teach my kids mathematics?” that haunts many homeschooling moms never bothered me as much as “am I going to hate teaching mathematics?”
All through the school years and beyond, I loathed math. Since I was a business major in college I had to take a fair amount of math classes – statistics, college algebra, finite mathematics, calculus – and boy did I not enjoy it! I have a remarkable ability to make myself do what I don’t want to do with the same level of perfectionism I apply to other areas of my life. It was “A” or bust.
When I first started developing lesson plans for my kids, I realized how little mathematics I actually knew. I was always studying to get an ‘A,’ it never occurred to me to study mathematics to learn something.
A lot of formulas were memorized, geometric diagrams studied, and algebraic expressions learned. I did a lot of exercises of the “do this and this and you get the answer” variety. Everything I memorized flew right out of my head the moment the test was over.