I received this question on Facebook this week, and I thought others might be interested in the answer. To the mom who submitted it: thanks for a good question, and for permission to post it! (Question has been lightly edited for clarity.) Question My son is in 4th grade and I feel his strength is […]

## How to Choose Homeschool Math Curriculum

Choosing an elementary homeschool math curriculum can feel overwhelming, since there are so many different programs out there. But it really comes down to just two steps. Step 1: Narrow the search to the highest-quality programs. Step 2: Out of those options, choose the program that best fits your family. Only you can choose the program […]

## Should I Change My Homeschool Math Curriculum?

Reasons for Changing Homeschool Math Curriculum Are any of these true in your homeschool? Math is causing tears. (Either for your child or you!) Math is taking more time than you have to give it. You’ve been using a more traditional math curriculum and would like to explore using a conceptual curriculum. You have already […]

## 4 Simple Steps to Prevent Sloppy Mistakes

Some kids seem to be born with the desire to write neatly…while others need a whole lot of convincing. (And I know, because I have one of each!) While messy handwriting can make it hard for kids to express their ideas in any subject, it’s especially a problem in math. That’s because every single number […]

## How to Teach Hands-On Long Division

When I was an elementary school teacher, I always knew when it was long division week in the fourth grade. My normally positive and energetic colleagues would come to the staff room slumped over and exhausted, commiserating and complaining about the drudgery and frustrations of teaching so many children this complicated process. I particularly recall a day when one […]

## My Homeschool Day-in-the-Life 2016 with a Kindergartner and 3rd grader

If you’re visiting from the Simple Homeschool Day-in-the-Life link-up, welcome! I’m Kate, a math educator and homeschool mom, and my goal is to encourage and equip homeschool parents to teach math with confidence. Thanks for stopping by! Today’s a big day for me—it’s publication day for my first book from Well-Trained Mind Press!—so I’m also doing a […]

## Preschool Math at Home — Homeschool Preschool Math Curriculum

What does Preschool Math at Home cover? The book focuses on helping young children get to know the numbers from 1 to 10 very, very well. Knowing the numbers means more than just counting and recognizing written numerals; it also means being able to recognize quantities without counting, comparing numbers, and beginning to join and separate […]

## Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It (Review and Give-away)

Give-away has now ended. Congratulations, Amy and Jacqueline! Math is more than just chugging through arithmetic problems in a workbook. But, we homeschool parents are busy. It can be hard to find the time (or energy) to seek out resources that help our kids appreciate and enjoy math beyond the textbook. That’s why I’m so […]

## How Preschoolers Learn to Compare Numbers

One of the things that’s hardest about teaching math is figuring out how to break concepts down into small, manageable chunks. So many math concepts that seem obvious to adults are actually very multi-layered and complex for kids who are approaching them for the first time. Comparing numbers is one of these challenging concepts for young […]

## Why I “Do Homeschool” with My Preschoolers

I have a confession to make: I started homeschooling my firstborn Henry when he was just three years old. Now, I don’t actually believe that three-year-olds need to “do school.” (And I definitely do not mean to say that three-year-olds who don’t do formal lessons are behind—far from it!) Looking back, I think the main reason […]

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