There are plenty of Christmas math worksheets to use with your children this time of year. But, does putting a few Christmas pictures on an otherwise typical math worksheet make it fun? Maybe a little, but think how much more fun Christmas Math Projects that are hands on and based on real life would be! … Continue reading Fun Christmas Math Projects
We have been talking in our Developing Number Sense series about how math can become hard for children (and adults!) when they have not developed good sense about numbers early on. Today, I want to talk about the four key number relationships children need to learn to become proficient with addition and subtraction. Children should … Continue reading Four Number Relationships Children Need to Learn
Math can be a difficult subject for many people. Often this is because math has been learned as a series of steps without learners understanding the 'number sense' behind what they are doing. Below you will learn what number sense is and find several articles about how to develop it in your children. This post … Continue reading Developing Number Sense in Your Children
Last year, the kids and I explored dyeing eggs for Easter using different foods. The results were amazing and we had so many opportunities to experiment with the process! They were able to practice their math and science skills and have lots of fun at the same time. Here is the step-by-step process for dyeing … Continue reading Experimenting with Dyeing Eggs Naturally
Math is one of those subjects that is important to keep fresh over the summer. But who wants to sit and do worksheets in the summer? We like to use math games, projects, and life skills to keep our math skills sharp. One of the best places to strengthen math skills is in the garden! … Continue reading 10 Math Skills You Can Practice in the Garden
When it comes time to introduce multiplication facts to your children do you have a plan? In What Order Should We Teach Addition Facts In?, I laid out a four step plan for introducing the addition facts. It is helpful to have a similar system for teaching multiplication facts to your children! There are different … Continue reading What Order Should We Teach Multiplication Facts In?
If you have been following our number sense series, you know how important it is to build the understanding of number relationships in your children. Specifically, they need to develop the skills of subitizing, one and two more or less, how to make the benchmarks of 5 and 10, and understanding part-part-whole. As your children … Continue reading What Order Should We Teach Addition Facts In?
An important part of building number sense is learning that numbers can be broken apart (decomposed) and put together (composed). This helps children make friendlier numbers to work with. For example, if a child needs to add 9 + 6 = ?, he could break apart 6 into 5 and 1, add the 1 to … Continue reading Build Number Sense with Part-Part-Whole Circles
Last week, I talked about a simple number sense routine in which you could use an abacus to build number sense and mental math skills. But, if you are like me, you are on the go a lot and also need some simple number sense routines that don't require any equipment! I have one for … Continue reading A Simple, On-the-Go Number Sense Routine
Do your children still use their fingers to figure out some math facts? I have to admit, I catch my 4th grader still using his sometimes. It wasn't until I researched how to build a good math foundation for my younger son, who struggles in this area, that I realized why children continue to count … Continue reading How to Stop Your Children from Doing Math on Their Fingers
Do you like to sneak learning into your day? I sure do. Games are one of the ways we do that in our house. They are perfect for evening, weekend, and summer learning or you can schedule a game afternoon or day in your homeschool. Here are some ideas for math games to improve and … Continue reading 13 Math Games Your Children Will Love to Play
Are you looking for a different and fun way to target math skills? We like to incorporate math living books into our homeschool. In case you are not familiar, living books are basically the opposite of text books. They are fun and come 'alive' for the reader. You are familiar with history living books, such … Continue reading Books to Get Your Child Excited About Math