### You can’t *not* teach math. When I attempted unschooling for a time, I discovered the unbelievable…*there is no way to get away from arithmetic*.

#### You need to understand math…add, subtract, multiply and divide, estimate, and understand decimals and percentages. *Consumerism* requires it.

##### Why you can’t *not* teach math?

- Do you need to decide how much produce you can afford? Then you need to understand weights and measurements.
- Do you want to build something in the backyard or paint a room? You need to know geometry, area, and perimeter. (Otherwise, you waste a lot of money, could get ripped off, and take forever putting something together).

**No matter how intense my math aversion was in my early years of traditional schooling, I discovered, math must be understood.**

My simple grasp of rudimentary math skills proved that one can function in our culture when one is math illiterate. (That you can even get a university degree and use math concepts in your paid work, but still not *understand* them; while I don’t recommend that,* it is* possible. I am proof.)

But better to learn the basics early.

#### Math-U-See has helped me render my math illiteracy. And homeschooling has helped me* relearn* math.

And *why didn’t they teach it this way in school anyway?* Steve Demme does a bang-up job teaching concepts that I thought were undecipherable.

Through Mr. Demme, I have learned that it isn’t necessary to ply those little minds with endless math questions.

**If they get it, they get it…and mama knows when they don’t. **

We can move on to the next concept when something is understood. There’s always a review later on and all the concepts introduced build on one another.

This math program doesn’t fit a standard curriculum. It might not fit my local jurisdiction’s learning outcomes, but math is math, **they’ll learn all the necessary concepts when they are able.** (And if I were feeling pressure to stay on task with the government schools, I would just send them to school).

I am expecting that they understand what they’re being taught though. Which, not surprisingly, doesn’t mean I can create a predictable learning schedule. *Sometimes they just don’t get it.*

So I do as Steve encourages: continue to show them, do questions *for* them, get them to watch *me* until they ask to do it themselves. With a little practice, we move on to the next concept.

#### Why push a Clydesdale up the hill when they want to go up the hill in their own good time?

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I’m super impressed your 7 year old can figure out how much tax is on something and how much they should get back! Not sure even I can do it! We are loving RightStart right now but I will keep this one in mind if for some reason we switch 🙂