As of this writing, 372,487 people have posted the answer to this Facebook math problem. About 268,191 of them are wrong.* Teach your kids how to perform order of operations correctly, and they’ll be able to answer questions like this confidently and easily. I’ll show you how in this article (and explain the answer to […]
Reading: essential for independence in math Do you have older kids who struggle to work independently in math? If so, part of the problem may be their reading skills, not their math skills. In this article, I’ll explain why reading math is so difficult and how you can teach your kids this essential skill. Why […]
We had our “official” first day of school this Tuesday, after two weeks of “light school” to help us all ease into the year. Overall, we’ve had a great week, and I’m loving having a third grader and kindergartener. But things were not so rosy on the first day of school, when both my kids […]
My kids are chronic number-reversers. (You can see my daughter’s math paper from today for an example.) Thankfully, my son has finally gotten them straightened out, but it took until the end of second grade! The good news is that number reversals aren’t the end of the world, and there are a few simple things […]
I’m starting to get into back-to-school mode. For me, that means starting with the homeschool room. Until the room is clean and organized, it’s hard for me to make any specific plans about what we’re going to actually do in the homeschool room. Here are the four steps I use to get my homeschool room […]
These ten strategies will help your kids develop a growth mindset for math and for life. Use them in your homeschool to help your kids learn that accomplishment comes not from inborn talent, but from perseverance, mistakes, and hard work.
Very few books have changed my life, but Mindset is one of them. If you worry that you’re not good enough at math to teach it, or feel anxious that your kids just aren’t “mathy” enough to understand math thoroughly, it might just change your life, too. In this book review, you’ll learn the […]
Welcome to all of you who listened to my talk on “Taking the Mystery Out of Conceptual Math” at the Well-Trained Mind Online Conference this evening! I hope you learned something new about teaching math and feel inspired to teach math conceptually in the fall. If have any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from […]
Number Race is a very simple, but powerful math game. It helps kids develop their skills in counting, recognizing numerals, understanding the number line, and comparing numbers. My daughter helped me make this video to demonstrate how it works. For more activity ideas, look for my book Preschool Math at Home.
One of my favorite activities in Preschool Math at Home is Fingers Up, Fingers Down. It’s great for helping kids learn the combinations that make five (i.e., four and one, three and two, five and zero). Plus, you don’t need any materials other than your hands! Here’s a video (starring my daughter) that demonstrates this […]