If you’ve been thinking of starting a math club, here’s a good model:
People have this notion that math is about getting a right answer, and the testing really emphasizes that notion. And that’s such a bad way to approach math because it makes it scary.
When you look at little kids, they pose their own questions. They say, “Ooooh, what’s bigger than a million?” And they think about things their own way. At school, the teacher poses the questions, and the students answer their questions. Schooling is not a natural environment for learning.
Need ideas and activities to get your math group up and running? Check out some online inspiration:
- Posts about the Richmond Math Salon
More ideas from Math Mama.
- How to Start a Homeschool Math Club
Books, activities, and links to get you going.
- Building a Children’s Math Library of Living Books
I love math books — but I’m a piker compared to this homeschool mom!
- Living Math Website and Forum
Plenty of great advice, ideas, links, and more.
- Natural Math
I have no idea how to characterize this wonderful site. Explore — you’re sure to be inspired!
- MathCounts Club Program
For middle school students, grades 6-8. I enjoy these problems, but they’re too “schooly” for my current crop of students.
- Don Cohen’s Map to Calculus
Scroll around and click on anything to discover a wealth of hands-on activities.
- Math Circle in a Box
Download the 171-page pdf full of advice on creating and sustaining a math circle, tips on how to effectively lead a math circle, sample presentations, etc.
- So You’re Going to Lead a Math Circle
Much shorter pdf full of good advice and ideas.