Stories and Homeschool Math

Word problems: the bane of many a math student’s existence?  Perhaps one of the problems with word problems is that they don’t seem to stand on their own two feet as stories, since the plots and characters are most often abstract and subservient to the numbers or the problem itself.  Though word problems do sharpen…

Homeschool Math Numbers Games

PIG! All that’s needed for this game is one die and 2 or more players, ages 8-14.  It’s a great game for honing mental math skills since players are expected to keep the score totals in their heads.  PIG! is an exciting game of risk, since at every roll of the die the player comes…

John Taylor Gatto: Libraries vs. Schools

John Taylor Gatto has written and spoken some revolutionary things about education and schooling.  He was an award-winning teacher in NYC schools for many years, respected and recognized by students, peers, parents, and educators.  He came to realize though that schools too often function as limiting rather than beneficial influences on the children who attend…