# Behind in Math?

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• 4mykiddos
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My son who just turned 13 is currently working in Math U See Delta. Upon preparing for our new school year, it dawned on me, that he is 13 and has not done fractions. I feel horrible, that I have caused him to be this far behind. It was simply poor planning on my part for all of these years.

I am considering of course finishing him out in Delta and supplementing with Khan Academy and fractions. Another thought, was to continue in Delta and start him in Epsilon consecutively. I feel completely flustered and at a loss of what to do. Am I being overly concerned? Any helpful suggestions and feedback would be most appreciated.

CrystalN
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Try not to stress, we are “behind” also. My switching around caused it. I kept thinking there was some better math program that would make it easier for my ds to get it. We ended up right back at MUS, but because of the different scope and sequence we are behind. He is 14 and just started Zeta. What I have done to catch up is “rush” through the easy lessons. I certainly dont believe in moving forward when a child isnt ready, but many lessons are review or easy and we skip them. I keep each lesson to just one week, thereby completing a book in no more than 30 weeks, less if possible. Then we can start a new book before the end of a school year. We also do 3-4 worksheets a week through the summer. We were able to get through the end of Delta, all of Epsilon, and start on Zeta this year (8th grade). The beginning of fractions is lots of hands on, which wasnt necessary for us and we could breeze through. We slowed down on harder concepts like making equivalent fractions, mult, dividing, etc. but whenever he “got it” we skipped the extra worksheets and moved on. Now in Zeta we are flying through adding and subtracting decimals because it is easy for him. Keep in mind alsothat “pre-algebra” is nothing more than a combo of mathematics and beginning algebra, so really not necessary. For 9th grade we intend to finish Zeta and start MUS pre algebra, but we will not have time to finish pre Algebra. In 10th we will begin Algebra 1 and I will feel “caught up”. Not sure if hat is helpful or not, but just keep plugging along. Dont feel obligated to do every worksheet or every lesson if your child knows it already. I realize my ds is not on track for college math, but we plan for junior college first anyway. If he suddenly decides to get interested in a science or mathy major (which is unlikely), then he will be have to be responsible and motivated  to work hard at a subject he loathes and doesnt excel at.

4mykiddos
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Thank you so much for your feedback, it was indeed helpful. I also did a lot of switching around which is why we fell behind. I will try your method of moving forward when he gets it, which I wondered about that, because after 1 or 2 lessons, it would then become busy work.

Thanks again!

missceegee
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CTC Math is helping my dd11 catch up.  I like that she can access multiple levels and work as needed.

I just bought Math Essentials (middle and high school) and plan to have her do 2 pages a day along with a CTC lesson.  The math essentials could certainly do the trick on its own, but CTC is her main math.

retrofam
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Several of my children were or are behind in math, mostly because they were not ready.  Once they got older, we were able to move forward more quickly and catch up, using summers too.  It’s ok; this is the beauty of homeschool, going at their pace.

Amandagwa
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@missceegee I’m thinking of switching from MUS to CTC math. I’d love to chat with you about the program ! We’re doing the trial now, but it doesn’t allow much access.

4mykiddos
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