Like Math? Thank Your Motivation, Not IQ

Love this! If you’ve just read my other post today, I was just saying how I don’t harass Edward to learn his times tables and what does this research say? Rote memorization does not a great mathematician make – motivation to learn maths, self-motivation, and good study habits (not sure what these are, more info. would have been nice) are the golden keys. Thanks again to FB!


About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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One Response to Like Math? Thank Your Motivation, Not IQ

  1. Anonymous says:

    Penny, I am surprised by your reply about ,’learning,’. If teaching can be done without it! But I am surprised because there are times when such memory demands are necessary

    I have 4 Books entitled ‘Keep Your Brain Fit’,’Memory Power-Up’ ‘Be a Wizard with Numbers’ and
    ‘IQ Power Up’ which might be useful to you. I should really be studying them, but I am afraid that I know I won’t!

    I admire what you are doing, I have seen a consultant about my failing memory. I have two tablets to take every day and, seriously, I find it hard to remember to take them every evening.

    Love Dad.

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