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…

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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…

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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.…

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Homeschool Math in 3-D

  If your homeschool math curriculum must be in a box, it should be a box like this one, a cube mercator 3D ocean model.  Of course, thinking outside the box is optimal, but nowhere is this more true than in math.  Even advanced mathematicians who would seem to think in well-ordered and circumscribed ways…

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TV Or Not TV

The most difficult sell for new parents in the school when I was a Waldorf teacher was the strong recommendation that TV be eliminated.  TV’s become such an unquestioned fixture in all of our homes that we hardly know how to live without it.  And children are so much more susceptible to its seductive lure.…

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