Simple, no-prep directions for a fun Halloween pumpkin measurement activity. Teach your kids to measure height, circumference, weight, and even volume! Before they even poured their cereal yesterday, my kids were already bickering about the pumpkins they had picked at the pumpkin patch last week. “My pumpkin is bigger than yours!” “No, MINE is bigger!” “Mine is […]

## What to Do When Your Homeschooler HATES Math

Something out the window is so fascinating that your child’s eyes haven’t moved from it in five minutes. When you prompt her to get back to work, she sighs and listlessly solves one multiplication problem. Then, she looks up again. “Why do I have to learn math anyway?” —— Your child’s shoulders droop. His voice […]

## Curriculum Plans for 2016-2017 (with a first grader and fourth grader)

Sometimes, when I look at all the different curriculum I’ve bought during my 4 years of homeschooling, I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time and money. But I’m choosing to look on the bright side: every time I try something new, I learn more about what works for my kids and for myself. And now after […]

## 5 Quick Tips to Get the Most out of Math Mammoth

If you’d like to know more about Math Mammoth, click here for my full review and here for my Math Mammoth Buying Guide. Using Math Mammoth this fall? Here are five simple tips that will help you use the program well. 1. Print it all out now (before it’s a busy morning in October […]

## Math That Makes Sense: How to Teach Elementary Arithmetic

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 […]

## Q&A: Should I Supplement My Homeschool Math Program?

I’ve never taken a poll, but I’d guess that worrying that we’re not not doing enough is the number one fear of homeschoolers. It’s definitely mine. We’ve made this unconventional choice to educate our kids at home, and we don’t want to mess it up! Sometimes, it can feel very tempting to think that if we just do […]

## Fun quiz: Which homeschool math curriculum should I use?

Still deciding which curriculum you’ll use this year? Here’s a fun five-question quiz I made to help you choose your math curriculum. It’s not meant to be scientific (and it doesn’t include every possible curriculum out there) but I hope it at least gives you a starting point if you’re having trouble making a decision. Once you have […]

## Math-U-See Review and Buying Guide

Review Math-U-See is a mastery-oriented homeschool math curriculum that uses a unique set of manipulatives to help children understand math concepts. I recommend it highly for children who struggle in math or have math anxiety. It’s a great confidence-building program for these kids, because it breaks each concept into smaller parts and focuses on one […]

## Singapore Math Review: World-Class Math Education, Right at Your Kitchen Table

Full Singapore Math review, with everything you need to know to decide whether Singapore Math is right for your homeschool. Includes FAQ, advice on which edition to use, and more. Why Singapore Math? Singapore is less than half as big as Rhode Island, and it has fewer people than Wisconsin. So why use math books from this […]

## Q&A: Should I stick with Math Mammoth? My math-y kid is having trouble with the cumulative reviews.

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 […]

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