Math—it often comes across as an abstract textbook exercise, especially in algebra, geometry, and calculus. Manipulate variables; formulate a proof; find derivatives, etc. What’s the purpose? Well, math is a way of describing the quantities and consistencies that God created and sustains all around us. Here’s a tiny glimpse at […]

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## Starting Formal Math with a Reluctant Learner

When to Begin As homeschooling parents, we know that we are essentially “teaching all the time.” Our preschoolers are exposed to math by counting their fingers and toes, singing songs, reading stories, and many times by listening to older siblings discuss their math lessons at home. We count steps, chairs, […]

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Does thinking about teaching math keep you up at night? Do you wrestle with wondering if your child is ready to begin formal math lessons? Or are you wading through a mountain of curriculum catalogs looking for that perfect math curriculum to help your struggling student? I hope this article […]

Read More## Integrating Math Into Everyday Life

It is no secret that many students suffer from math anxiety. For some, the sight of a math problem on the page simply causes the brain to go into lock-up. After this happens, the student will simply guess about how to proceed with the problem rather than actually think about […]

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Have you ever wished you could purchase a curriculum called “Work Ethic”? Are you looking for the perfect product to teach “Study Skills”? We all want our children to grow up to become hard working adults but it doesn’t happen by accident. A work ethic is taught through hard work. […]

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Einstein once said, “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” What an interesting concept. Math is poetry. The Poetry of Math When I ponder that idea, it begins to make sense to me. Poetry is the masterful rhythm of composition, the intentional putting together of words […]

Read More## Choosing a Math Curriculum That Works for Your Student

Many of us have a complicated relationship with math. If you had a bad experience with math as a child, you’re probably worried about passing that reluctance on to your kids. Maybe you used a math program that didn’t suit your learning style. Your frustration doesn’t mean you are bad […]

Read More## Tools of the Trade: A Mathematician Discusses Preparing for Calculus

I’m being perfectly honest when I say that calculus itself is not very hard. “What?!! Did he just say that?!” Yes, I said it. And it’s true. “But what about the horror stories? The sheer panic induced when even the word calculus is mentioned?” Well, the horror stories are also true. I […]

Read More## Five Fun Ways to Teach Elementary Math

One of the great things about homeschooling is the ability to apply real-world applications to what your student is learning. I’ve discovered that if I would have known in school, what I know now, I would have paid more attention. The concepts I was learning in school were concepts that […]

Read More## Five Common Reasons Children Struggle with Math

“The teacher pretended that algebra was a perfectly natural affair, to be taken for granted, whereas I didn’t even know what numbers were. Mathematics classes became sheer terror and torture to me. I was so intimidated by my incomprehension that I did not dare to ask any questions.” —Carl Gustav […]

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