Math always seems to be the subject that strikes fear into the hearts of homeschooling parents. So many people had lackluster math educations, and it’s very daunting to try to teach a subject that you never felt confident in yourself.

*What manipulatives should I use to present this topic? And what is a manipulative anyway? *

*How do I teach mental math when I’m shaky at it myself? *

*What do I do when my child doesn’t get the concept the first time (or the second, or the third)?*

I firmly believe that *all* homeschool parents are capable of teaching elementary math well. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it comes easily. To teach well, you need two things: 1) a good knowledge of the subject yourself and 2) an understanding of how to put that knowledge into practice.

I love to help parents understand math and math teaching better with my books, blog posts, and my facebook page. But, there’s nothing like an in-depth video class to make ideas really come alive.

That’s why I’m so excited to dig deeper into elementary math in my new class at the Well-Educated Mind Academy for adults. The course is called **Math That Makes Sense: How to Teach Elementary Arithmetic**.

For a **less than $7 per session**, you’ll get access to eight 90-minute videos that will give you a through grounding in all the basics of elementary math.

- Different ways of understanding and teaching the meaning of each of the operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
- How to teach basic
**math facts** - How to teach children to compute accurately and efficiently, both mentally and on paper
- Children’s common errors and how to correct them
- How to use
**manipulatives**effectively - How to balance
**conceptual understanding and rote practice** - How to teach children to solve
**word problems**

You’ll especially love this course if you’re using Singapore Math, since the lectures follow a textbook that uses Singapore Math as tool for understanding how to teach math sequentially, logically, and thoroughly. But, even if you don’t use Singapore Math,* *you’ll learn teaching skills that will make you a stronger math teacher with** any curriculum.**

### Ready to take the next step? Click here to learn more about Math That Makes Sense: How to Teach Elementary Arithemetic.

Got a question about the class? Let’s chat in the comments!

Renee says

I just stumbled across your blog as it was linked from Pam Barnhill. So happy you exist! Can’t wait to receive your emails!

Kate says

Thanks, Renee! I hope you find them helpful! Definitely let me know if there’s anything specific you’re wondering about–I love to write articles about homeschool moms’ real-life math challenges.

Amy says

I stumbled here also… after Googling, “Does Singapore math have tests after each chapter”. I am homeschooling my 7 year old who adores math (while I secretly hate it and am worried I’ll mess up trying to teach him a subject I never liked) With him; and likely most kids, there is an important teaching point between, “Too easy, I’m bored…… and…….too hard, I give up” . Additionally, and very unlike myself, this kid is so adept at math that I wonder if I’m allowing him to move ahead too quickly.

And so – I like Singapore math and will certainly stick with it, but I do wish they had tests or accumulative review pages after 3 chapters or so. If nothing else, it would boost my confidence that I’m teaching well and he is retaining the material. I can always make my own up though!

As it is; I use Xtra Math online to make sure he can do a lot of quick math facts…. it’s like Kumon but free and on the couch!

Kate says

Glad you found your way here, Amy! One of the huge advantages of homeschooling is how we can tailor our instruction to our kids…and one of the downsides is that we can drive ourselves crazy tailoring our instruction to our kids. 🙂 It sounds like you’re navigating it well, but I hear you on the tests and reviews. Which edition are you using? I ask because US and Standards do include some cumulative review pages, but there’s not a ton of it. Another option is to use the placement tests on the Singapore Math website, but to use them as a “final exam” of sorts for each book rather than as a placement test.

Katie says

Hello, I just registered for this class and was wondering when I will have access to the videos. The dates on the website say Sep. 2016-Dec. 2017. I wasn’t sure if 2016 was a typo & it starts this September or if I have access to it between those dates. Also, do I NEED to purchase the Elementary Mathematics for Teachers or will the videos be enough of a guide? Thank you!

Kate says

Hi Katie,

The book is helpful as a reference, but the videos have all the information you need. I taught the course live last Fall (which is why the dates say that), but you’ll have full access shortly. I believe you should get login info from Well-Trained Mind Academy in the next couple of days…but if you don’t , definitely shoot them an email and they’ll help you out. 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

Meghan says

Hi I was wondering if your online class addresses skip counting and place value. I’m solid to math and to me skip counting is a function of adding quickly and well but was curious how to address that in homeschooling and teach to that. We bought your arithmetic book and our workign our way through that. Just curious to your view of skip counting as a function of memorizing or math and your approach. Thanks. Love your philosophy!

Kate says

Hi Meghan!

Place value is an overarching theme in the course , with a good part of the first session devoted to it. Then, it ‘s woven through the rest of the topics, especially mental math and developing the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division algorithms.

Skip-counting is addressed in session 4, along with other models that help children understand the meaning of multiplication deeply. As you said, repeated addition is an important bridge for helping kids begin to understand what multiplication is, so skip-counting helps them make that leap. The only caveat is that we don’t want skip-counting to become a crutch . If kids are ALWAYS skip-counting to find answers, it’s a bit like counting on fingers to solve addition problems: slow and error prone. Instead, it’s better to encourage them to use the closest fact they know to find the answer. (For example, to find 6×8, they might first solve 5×8=40 and then add one more group of 8 to find that the answer is 48.)

Happy Math!

Kate

Kathryn says

Hi –

I’m considering taking your course – Math that Makes Sense; however, I can’t seem to find it listed in the Well-educated mind Academy Adult Classes. Is the course available right now?

Kate says

Hi Kathryn,

You’re right, it’s hard to find on the registration page over at WTMA! It took me a minute to find it myself–for some reason, it’s titled “Elementary Mathematics” on the registration page rather than “Math That Makes Sense.” (You can click on “Instructor” at the top of the chart to arrange the instructors in alphabetical order, and then look for Snow, Kate.)

Thanks for asking, and I hope you enjoy the course. Happy Math!

Kate