Our now 14 ds had a horrible time trying to learn to read and do math simultaneously. I read about delaying math, and promptly threw out his math book. Well, shelved it anyway. Within a month, his reading level soared 2 grade levels. It seems the stress of learning both was more than his brain could handle. He was 9 at the time. After he turned 10, I put him into Saxon 6/5 and he’s done fine ever since. He’s now just finished Jacob’s Algebra and is starting Jacob’s Geometry.
It worked fine for him, so on our now turning 10 year old next son, he has never had any math classes. He helps us cook, so understands fractions. He spends money, so he can count, etc. He’s figured out addition, subtraction and multiplication on his own. He begged me to teach him to tell time, so I finally did and it took him less than 5 minutes to get the whole thing down. Last year on the IOWA test, he scored 3 grade levels ahead of his grade in math. I’m planning on starting him on Saxon 6/5 this fall, and doubt he will have any problems. We don’t do ANY informal math, except giving him money to spend, and having him help cook, etc. Things that come naturally in the day.
Delayed math really makes sense… as one wouldn’t try to teach a child to tie his shoes before his brain was prepared to deal with the complexity of shoe tying. Same rationale for math.