We began a review of fractions for my big girl who hates math. I understand hating math. I hate math too, so I bring a lot of sympathy to the table.
When Rebecca was moaning about fractions, I reminded her of her dream of working with big cats someday.
"Honey, the day will come when you will need to know how much medicine to give a tiger. You will need to be able to add and subtract these fractions so that he can be given the life saving dosage of antibiotics or heart medicine. The tigers are counting on you!" I said.
Apparently, this was all the motivation she needed.
She likes visual aids so she fetched a few tiger stuffed animals and approached each problem as an opportunity to save a feline life.
"This kitty needs tapeworm medicine!" she declared.
This is one of the reasons I love to homeschool. We are able to take an abstract concept and make it relevant and worthwhile. Homeschool readers, how do you make difficult subject matter go more smoothly?