Go Fly A Math Kite!

Kites are fun, and so should math be.  Step outside the math box of rote learning and worksheets, then make and fly a kite!  Grocery bag kites are easy to create and fun to fly. Have your child(ren) decorate their kites with whatever wonderfully colorful math patterns they’re learning at the moment.  The brown paper…

Math and Storytelling Through the Grades: Grade 2

The Grade 2 “mood” is one of contrasts.  There’s a settling in to the new world of challenges and learning begun in Grade 1, accompanied by a certain restlessness.  As boundaries are tested, there’s a desire to take on more, which can be expressed as a somewhat overly confident rambunctiousness.  This quality is reflected in…

4th Grader Fractious Over Fractions? Try This!

Fractions are difficult to grasp. They, like many other math concepts, are best taught concretely and colorfully. You can introduce fractions simply and graphically by cutting up a piece of fruit. It’s easy to see that a whole apple represents the number one, cutting it in two is plainly halves, in four is quarters, and…

Teaching Math Without Goals

Is it possible, desirable, or perhaps even necessary to teach math without setting goals for outcomes or achievement?  What if teaching and learning math happened as beautifully and naturally as the Fibonacci sequence in this sunflower?  It can happen that way!  Homeschool math educators too often fall into the fallacy that math needs to be…

Who’s Afraid of Math?

    Many of us have experienced it, a terrible brain freeze when faced with what seems like an insoluble problem: learning and/or applying one or another math concept.  I was never a whiz at math, in fact times tables’ mastery escaped my grasp well into adulthood.  Indeed, I regularly practiced the most commonly used…

Can Math Really Be Beautiful?

Yes!  As demonstrated by this computer-generated image of iterating systems of mobius transformations.  Math is everywhere, and though it often hides from everyday sight or observation, with the right focus it can be readily seen and appreciated. The fundamental or archetypal forms found in nature can be taught to children at a very young age.…