I have decided to take the advice of so many people I spoke to and to change our approach to math. The truth is, my main goal in homeschooling is to provide my children with a love of learning and to teach them how to discover answers for themselves. Life is an ever-learning, ever-growing process. I LOVE to learn. I LOVE to research and discover things. I would love to pass that along to my children and if something in our homeschool is working against that goal, then it has to change.
So in answer to that, I am going to try to make it fun. I am going to look at each topic in our math book and then go on my own and find a way of making it a game or an activity. Like the five digit addition and subtraction we were doing the other day. We could have played a game. I throw something and she throws something. She measures the difference, converts it to millimeters or centimeters whichever would be 5 digits and figures out the difference. Then we add them together to see how far we could have thrown working together. This is measuring, it is addition and subtraction and it is activity. It would be fun and she would like it better than sheets and sheets of math problems. I am going to keep putting on my creative hat to come up with activities that can work.
(I have to admit, this one came to me in my dreams last night. LOL)