Homeschoolers have an advantage in teaching math: As our students grow, our own understanding of math grows with them because we see how the ideas build on each other.
This is especially true for those of us with large families. We pass through the progression of concepts with each student, and every pass lays down another layer in our own minds.
If you’d like to short-cut that process, check out Graham Fletcher’s Making Sense of Elementary Math video series. He’ll walk you through the topics, showing how manipulatives help build early concepts and gradually give way to abstract calculations.
“Understanding the vertical progression of mathematics is really important in the conceptual development of everyone’s understanding. This whole Making Sense Series has truly forced me to be a better teacher.”
— Graham Fletcher
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Eleven weeks of mathematical playtime kicks off this week over at Learners in Bloom blog.
Each week, we’ll be playing with the math, language, and logic topics found in a single chapter. I’ll be posting ideas for extension activities, videos demonstrating the concepts for the week, and additional resources. I’m really excited for the opportunity to share all the extra ideas that have been floating around my brain which I didn’t have room to include in the book (as in Marco Polo’s famous words: “I did not tell half of what I saw.”)
— Lilac Mohr
Here’s a Quick Taste of Week One
This Week’s Activities
Lilac’s blog post includes a full schedule for the eleven-week book club, featuring plenty of classic math puzzlers to play with. Here are the topics for this week.
- Read Chapter 1: Mrs. Magpie’s Manual
- Memorizing digits of Pi
- Calculating your age on other planets
It looks like a lot of fun. I highly recommend the book (read my review), and I’m sure you and your children will enjoy discovering math and magic with Lulu and Elizabeth.
Check it out: Math & Magic in Wonderland Virtual Book Club, Week One.
I’m planning ahead for my fall semester homeschool co-op math class. Definitely going to try this with the kids…
Encourage your children to have some fun this week with this Exploding Dots math puzzle from The Global Math Project. What do they notice? Does it make them wonder?
More Explosive Math
You may recognize the connection between Exploding Dots and binary numbers. Or not — the puzzle is accessible to people at almost any age and level of mathematical sophistication.
But what I find amazing is that this puzzle can help us understand all sorts of topics in elementary arithmetic and algebra. So cool!
If you’d like to investigate Exploding Dots in depth, check out James Tanton’s free G’Day Math online course.