Friday, May 6, 2016

Math and a Checklist

Sigh.  I took a math pretest.  It was............not good.  I said I was going to be honest, even if it was embarrassing, but I didn't really think it was going to be this bad.  I went with Math U See simply because that is what my children use so I will just not write in it and it can be used in the future again.  I really don't want to be spending money on this for myself so this purchase was justifiable.    Anyhow, I was about to tell you what level my test placed me at..........well, the good news first: I know the basics.  Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing - these I have down.  Everything after that.........not so much.  I could not for the life of me remember how to multiply or divide fractions!  I mean, I'm sure it will all come back with a quick review, but still, I was pretty disappointed with myself.  I have always loved math.  I think it is beautiful in a very unique way.  I found something I wrote way back in 2012 about why we study the things we do and here is some of what I think of math:
"Furthermore, in studying math we learn principles that God has built into His creation.  In math we see most clearly the timelessness of truth.  Two plus two always equals four. Math shows us that real truth does not change.  Math opens our eyes to the magnificent order and perfection of creation, and therefore its Creator.  Math helps us to understand our infinite God."

But looking on the bright side - I now get to rediscover all of this beautiful math that I once knew.  Here is a link to the math program I will be using.
Math-U-See Epsilon
I will work on this for 30-60 minutes three times a week.  I don't expect it to take long to work through, just enough to refresh my memory (I hope). 

Also, I created a checklist on Google Sheets so that I, and anyone else who is wanting to follow along, can keep track of my progress.  It has tabs at the bottom numbered with the week that I am working on.

My math materials won't be here for a few days so I think I'll go ahead and get started with some review at Khan Academy.

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