In a conversation on FaceBook, one homeschool mom asked me, "How do you tackle subjects that a kid might hate, but they have to take? In our current situation it's Algebra. I feel like we can barely get through it, let alone make it fun."

That is SUCH an important question! In order to find a good, workable solution, we first need to do some discovery. So, put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and start gathering clues:

With these questions answered, let's look at possible solutions.

If you have a student who has a basic dislike for a subject, here are two reasons why this may be so:

If YOU have a strong feeling (whether positive or negative) about the subject area, here are a few things to consider:

If the curriculum you are using overwhelms your student (moves too quickly through the material, assumes prior knowledge, doesn't match your student's strengths at all), here are some options:

Though it may not be a "quick fix," this Sherlock Holmes exercise will benefit your student for years to come!

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