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 […]

## 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 […]

## 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

Although I taught math for several years, I had never heard of number bonds before. At first I wasn’t sure where this was going. But once I found a good way for my daughter to use it, her understanding of place value deepened. The concept is: Take a two digit number Split it into the […]

## 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 […]