losing math

My second to youngest son lost his math today. Not his book. Nor his schoolwork. He lost his ability to understand his problems. Yesterday he could understand how to factor. Today he could not. Yesterday he knew his times tables. He even knew that three to the second power,three squared and three times three all meant nine. Today three to the second power meant six and three squared was three times four and three times itself continued to be six. He was one hundred percent stuck. Eventually,laboriously, he remembered. Or, perhaps more precisely,he found the knowledge squirreled away in that messy filing system of his brain. This happens to him,sometimes often. Sometimes weeks or months can go by without a major glitch. I want there to be patterns. There really aren’t any. There are things that exacerbate.I do know that artificial food dyes and preservatives can make it worse;as can too much screen time. Stress makes it harder for him to think as well. Still,he can be video,fake food and virtually stress free and his brain will still short circuit.
Some days he is completely unable to think. Those are his sideways days. When he was younger he resided in maulky-maulky land and spoke repetitively about eyeballs and bananas. Now,he ticks and turns himself off.
This is one of the myriad of reasons we home school. Can you imagine being in a Jr. High environment never knowing when your brain will betray you? How many teachers have the time to sit one on one to review for the three hundredth time what three times three is in an adolescent who’s IQ is close to 100?
How kind would his peers be when he ticked? When he answered wrongly;again. When he smiled vacantly as they ridiculed him; not quite getting they were laughing at him?
This son is my gentlest child. He is kind. animals love him. He wants only to please (most of the time). He feels badly if someone is upset with him. He tries harder than any other child I have raised.
Today he only lost his math,not his entire being.
He has already forgotten his frustration with this morning’s math.
For him everyday is a new day.


About lenell

Wife to a very patient man and mom to 8 interesting kids via birth,marriage and adoption. Grandma to nearly 5,nearly perfect grandchildren.
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One Response to losing math

  1. Jeanne Holt says:

    Blessings on you all.

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