I had just asked my son what he was grateful for and was surprised by his answer, “Math! I am learning so much!” Now, this boy loves math. But enough that it won out over his computer games in his memory of the day? That surprised me. After reflecting on our math for the past […]

## Make Homeschool Lessons Interesting Using STEM a Step by Step Guide

It’s easy to get stuck in your curriculum. Especially math. Where everyday you’re just plodding through, from one problem to the next. You feel it, the kids feel it, it’s boring. And when things get boring, that question parents and school teachers dread rears it’s ugly head, Why do we have to learn this? I […]

## 3 Important Hands-on Activities to Add to Your Homeschool Math

I turn to my current math student. I am feeling a little more than frustrated. We are solving problems I know they know how to solve. Yet every time I give the new problem, “What’s 4+5?” I receive, at best, a blank stare. I’m about ready to beat my head against the wall, it would […]

## 3 Types of Questions to Ask After a Math Lesson for Homeschoolers

Those who love math–(did you know that this is so for some kids?)–do not love the answers. What they love is the path to find the answer. When a child is really young, the games that they will focus on playing is often only games where they know they will win. However, the games that […]

## 3 Easy Ideas to Practice Math Skills in a Hands-on Way Using a Worksheet

There’s no way around it, kids need to practice math skills. Some more than others. If the sight of yet another worksheet is sending your child into tears, I am here to help. All you need is a worksheet and a little imagination. You provide the worksheet, I’ll provide the rest. Create a Matching Activity […]

## The Many Benefits of Family Math

My 3 school aged children and I are all sitting around the table. Each of them has their separate level math lesson out. I am trying to explain to Faith (5) how to do her problems when Grace (9) interrupts with a problem she can’t solve. Meanwhile Ben (7) is basically sitting and playing with […]

## A Year in the Life of a Child: Free Living Math Picture Book with Activities

This month, I am teaching my children about the calendar. I could simply, show them a calendar and memorize the days of the week or months of the year. Or even sorting the words every day until they can recite them. But that sounds boring…for me. Also, that is focusing on facts instead of ideas. […]

## Budgeting Lunch: A Multi-age, Hands-on, Math in Real Life, Lesson

I love it when my philosophy of education “Life is School” meshes so well with actual life as it does with this lesson. In fact, we have done this lesson 3 times now, and I think it’s something we are going to tweak and work with the rest of the school year. They are just […]

## 100 Activities, Games, and Lessons to Teach Place Value to the Elementary Student

You want to make your own place value unit that uses hands-on interesting activities, but who has time to go through the whole internet finding the best ones. This list is your time saver. See the best activities and products to help make learning enjoyable for you and your family. This post contains affiliate links. Read […]

## Halloween Place Value Games for Family Math

It’s October, 6 weeks or so after school has started, and I’m feeling the need for change. I need a break from the curriculum. Maybe you do to. But let’s not take a break from learning. Join me as I teach my students place value with these fun Halloween themed printables. Visit the teachers pay […]

## A Critical Thinking Math Curriculum from Kendall Hunt Publishing–Review

I have found a math curriculum that both my students and I enjoy. Sounds miraculous doesn’t it. It’s not miraculous. It’s real. And it’s published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Sound interesting? Let me tell you all about it. I was given this product to review and was compensated for my time. All opinions are […]

## Outsourcing Homeschool: Mr. D’s Online Math Review

Is your student getting ready for Algebra or beyond? Are you looking for a professional to teach them? Read this review to see if Mr. D’s Math is for your family. I received the product free, am being compensated for my time, and all opinions are my own. Read my disclosure policy for more info. In a […]

## How I Homeschool Math Without a Curriculum

This post contains affiliate links. Please ready my disclosure policy for more information. Thank you for supporting the work of this blog. If you missed it, this post covers why I homeschool math without a curriculum. The post you are reading is going to go over what resources I use to homeschool math without a curriculum […]

## Why I Homeschool Math Without a Curriculum

There’s this huge misconception about learning math. Everyone sees math as linear. You learn to count, then add, then subtract…on and on. You can’t skip anything or you’re child will be behind and have holes in their education. The truth is, everything is interconnected and learning is kinda messy. This video agrees with me. Think […]

## Intro to Multiplication using Story Problems

My children have asked to learn what multiplication is, so I have created a few story problems for them to explore. And now I am sharing them with you. The download is at the bottom of this post. The download includes, 3 story problems with 4 ways to solve each and a discussion ideas card […]

## 5 Reasons to Use Story Problems When Teaching Math

Let’s start by asking a new 1st grader a question: “What is 5 x 4?” Blank Stare. or What’s ‘times’ mean? or If you are “lucky” enough to have a child who will (loudly) let you know when they are frustrated, you might hear: “I don’t know!” Wow. […]

## Make Math Come Alive

How do we make math come alive? We live it. When we delight in things, they take on life from our delight. But it’s easy to get sidetracked. Standards cry out to us, “They should be learning this.” Well-meaning adults question if our child is learning. And there’s always that worry in the back of […]

## Toddler Shape Recognition and Cutting Practice (Free Printable)

My toddler loves cutting! She is past the “cut everything for fun” stage and into the “cutting for purpose” stage. Unfortunately, most of the cutting practices that I can find involve cutting through a picture which she is not willing to do. So I made her this: Actually, what I made for her didn’t have […]

## Flower Garden Number Bond Mats: Addition

We used Singapore Math this past year for first grade. In it, we were introduced to number bonds. Although I taught math for several years, I had never heard of number bonds before. I found the concept interesting. Once I found a good way for my daughter to use it, her understanding of place value […]

## Telling Time Lesson and Free Printable

If you haven’t, read my post on making a clock at home. It was very useful for practice. I looked for some 3-part cards to help teach my children but couldn’t find any. So, I made my own! Here’s how we used them to give you some ideas.

## DIY Practice Telling Time Clock

We are taking a break from addition and subtraction and working on telling time. To start us off on this week long unit, we made a clock to practice telling time. I learned a few things while getting this activity ready to share. For starters, make sure the supplies you are going to use will […]

## Worksheets: To Give or Not to Give

I recently read an article by The Measured Mom talking about how she defines worksheets and her general view of them. Most of the examples that she gives come from a reading standpoint. It got me thinking about worksheets in math. And since I have some experience teaching math, I thought I would share it […]

## How to Add Using Base Ten Blocks Plus a Free Printable

To do this lesson you will need (this post contains affiliate links): * Base ten blocks. If you don’t have base ten blocks/rods, check out this DIY tutorial and make your own! Or you could buy one like the one in the above image. It’s cool because it’s cheap and made of foam. Who doesn’t like […]

## DIY Base Ten Rods

Base ten rods are very useful for teaching children about place value. They can also be used in making operations (like addition and subtraction) concrete. While base ten rods are not terribly expensive, I needed two sets, I wanted them now, and I already had the materials to make them. Plus, we made them out […]