### Math and Storytelling Through the Grades: Grade 3

Creation stories are told in Grade 3, and many examples given of how we humans as a whole have “gotten on” in the world.  As the gate to the garden of childhood begins to close, the joys of newfound independence and self-reliance mix with some sadness around an accompanying loss of innocence.  Hearing stories of…

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### 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…

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### Math and Storytelling Through the Grades: Grade 1 (Part 2)

After the numbers 1-12 have been formally introduced with a story that is fitting to each one, it’s time to bring the numbers together.  Relationships are now formed and the numbers’ interactions can be characterized.  If all 4 processes are presented together, from the very beginning, it makes this sort of lively exploration possible. One…

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### Math and Storytelling Through the Grades: Grade 1 (Part 1)

Fairy tales.  They are not to be read or listened to lightly, for they are essential to the young child’s well-being.  In a Waldorf kindergarten, there a steeping in these tales, with the same story told again and again, every day for a week.  You need only watch the children’s faces as they sit raptly…

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### 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…

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### Homeschool Math Brain food . . . Boundless!

The Brain by Emily Dickinson The Brain – is wider than the Sky – For – put them side by side – The one the other will contain With ease – and You – beside – The Brain is deeper than the Sea – For – hold them – Blue to Blue – The one…

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