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Math Teaching Tips & Resources

A variety of math teaching ideas for homeschool families or classroom teachers. Learning mathematics is more than just answer-getting: help your students make conceptual connections.

"I think doing a problem as a whole class (and using a think-aloud strategy) would help them see the kind of thinking that should be going on in your mind while problem solving..."

A Math Book to Change Your Teaching

Buddy Math: "In a way, it is like Charlotte Mason-style narration applied to math, since my daughter has to process her thoughts in order to explain how she worked the problem, which fixes the math concepts more deeply in her mind. ..."

Buddy Math | Let's Play Math!

Arithmetic Books From The 1920s - completely free classic math books that you can download from the Google Books archive.

One family's living math homeschool curriculum

Living Maths Curriculum 2013-14

Unschooling Tools : Math Play "Along this line of thinking, Mathematics become less about rigid (and dull, to some) memorization, and more about being able to think well, and even to learn some very intriguing and wonderful facts about numbers and patterns...."

Ordinary Life Magic: Unschooling Tools : Math Play

How did Charlotte Mason do math? Review of Mathematics: an Instrument for Living Teaching.

All That's Goood: Living Math Reflections

Math Poetry Lessons for Homeschool: When you think of poetry, math may be the last association you make. But mathematics can be enjoyed in the form of rhymes, riddles, and poems. Math poetry has something for everyone -- the math lover as well as the poetry lover and everyone in between.

Math Poetry Lessons for Homeschool

Whether you call them math notebooks or math journals, writing about math and documenting math activities are a great way to cement mathematical understanding. And along the way, you're creating a wonderful record of your math studies that can be useful for portfolios or homeschool evaluations.

Math Notebooking

Transitioning from text books to Living Math. A great post by Jimmie on Squidoo Lens. Lots of book recommendations, too.

Transitioning to Living Math

Math History Through Biographies Biographies are a mainstay of a living books curriculum. Therefore biographies of mathematicians are a key part of living approach to math. In my transition to living math, I bought the book, Mathematicians Are People, Too. It is composed of 15 chapters, each recounting a specific incident from the life of a famous mathematician.

Printables for Mathematicians Are People Too

Tree diagrams: Good for money, fractions, decimals, and an introduction to probability (where is branch shows the chance of some possible outcome).

The Purposeful Use of Games in Math Class: I asked myself, what’s really happening while students are engaged in games?...

The Purposeful Use of Games in Math Class

Math Facts Are like Learning to Type: Learning to understand math is a conceptual task, but learning the math facts is more like rote memory work. Yet rote memory is not enough. A student can recite the times tables perfectly and still be reduced to counting on her fingers in the middle of a long division problem.

Math Facts Are like Learning to Type

Diagnosis: Math Workbook Syndrome ---the ability to crank through textbook calculations without any understanding of real mathematics. He had been shafted by several years of systematically poor instruction dished out by teachers who themselves did not understand math.

Diagnosis: Math Workbook Syndrome

Hooray for (Math) History: The story of mathematics is the story of interesting people. They faced the normal challenges of daily life as well as the creative challenges of mathematical imagination. What a shame it is that our children see only the dry remains of these people’s passion.

Hooray for (Math) History

Two boys are faced with a fraction problem just inside the edge of their ability—a problem that stretches them, but that they successfully solve, with a bit of gentle help on vocabulary.

Fractions: 1/5 = 1/10 = 1/80 = 1?

The proper mindset for mathematical thinking.

Common Core Mathematics | Curriculum & Standards

Platonic Solids Explainded--- The name Platonic comes from the Greek philosopher Plato, so this activity is perfect to do in conjunction with an Ancient Greek Unit Study. We did in in conjunction with the Renaissance, as Leonardo da Vinci and Fibonacci also studied Platonic Solids...

Highhill Homeschool: Platonic Solids Explained

Try this easy and powerful trick with your kids. Instead of asking them math questions, give them an answer. Let them come with a problem that fits that answer. #MathMindHacks

Long division modeled with Base-10 blocks: We are fooling around with rectangles and counting. Some call this multiplication and subtraction and others call it division. Bottom line: we are counting...

Crewton Ramone's Blog of Math: Long Division With Base Ten Blocks

Quiz: Those Frustrating Fractions---Fractions are a filter, separating the math "haves" from the luckless "have nots." One major source of difficulty with fractions is that the rules do not seem to make sense. Can you explain these to your children?

Quiz: Those Frustrating Fractions

Reading to Learn Math: As important as mathematics is, it is a distant second to the need for good reading comprehension. We teachers so often hear students summarize a course by saying, ‘I could do everything except the word problems.’ Sadly, in the textbook of life, there are only word problems...

Reading to Learn Math

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math: First he asked her to draw three rows of five dots... Then he asked, “What if it had been 3 rows of 6?” After a long, thoughtful pause, his daughter announced: “Eighteen!” He followed up with the key question parents should marshal as much as possible: “How did you know that?”

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math

Math Designed to Make Kids Think: "I have posted several math problems designed to invoke thinking, on the refrigerator with out saying a word. The kids are enjoying it thoroughly. Each sheet remains up for 3-6 days while everyone has a chance to ponder, explore and write down their thoughts and solutions..."

Highhill Homeschool: Math Designed to Make Kids Think