math makes my head hurt…

As most of you know this school year we have been homeschooling a student at the Rec Center in order to help get him back into public school next year at the same level as his classmates and also to have the opportunity to share all about Christ with him.  For the most part I have taught most of the subjects in the curriculum, especially the Bible and History classes which are two subjects I really enjoy.   However, I must admit I have done my best to avoid the math portion of the class day.   Wayne who has been one of my co-teachers enjoys math whereas I, well, I don’t.

I’ve always had a lack of love for mathematics.   Generally speaking I have done well in math classes, but really have not enjoyed them.  One of the perks of going to a Bible college was that I was able to CLEP out of Math.  To tell you the truth I haven’t had any Math classes since the first semester of my senior year of high school, fourteen years ago.  That might explain why my head hurts so much today.

As we have approached the end of the school year with my student, we have moved him pretty far along in most of his subjects and are close to finishing.  In Math though we have a little bit more to do than the rest of the subjects.  So for the past week I have been trying to help with the math classes.  And not having used most of the skills I am teaching in fourteen plus years, I am basically learning with my student.  By the time I was done with the math classes today, my head was feeling like I had this big fuzzy cloud around me.   The head hurting cloud made me long to jump back into the boring lesson on the Articles of Confederation we were studying earlier in the day!

Over the next couple of weeks I know there will be more geometry and algebra lessons that I am going to have to re-learn and more foggy cloudy head aches to come.  Pray that I can teach it to the student through my own confusion so that he understands!   Thankfully I will have my history and Bible lessons to give me some energy.

In all seriousness as the school year winds down please pray that the seeds that have been sown through our year of teaching will have taken root with our student.  We hope that study habits and a desire to learn have been fostered, and most importantly that the desire for a personal relationship with Christ has been planted.   When you think about the possibility of a life being changed for Christ, I guess those math head aches aren’t so bad!