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 […]

## 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 […]

## How I Homeschool Math Without a Curriculum

I am moving away from traditional math education. It didn’t serve me so well. If you’re curious as to why, 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 and what our math day looks like. […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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 […]