Roadmap to Mathematics: 3rd Grade

[Feature photo (above) by Phil Roeder. (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)] A frequently-asked question on homeschooling forums is, “Are my children working at grade level? What do they need to know?” The Council of the Great City Schools has published a handy 6-page pdf summary of third grade math concepts, with suggestions for how parents … Continue reading Roadmap to Mathematics: 3rd Grade

Roadmap to Mathematics: 2nd Grade

[Feature photo (above) by Loren Kerns. (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)] A frequently-asked question on homeschooling forums is, “Are my children working at grade level? What do they need to know?” The Council of the Great City Schools has published a handy 6-page pdf summary of second grade math concepts, with suggestions for how parents … Continue reading Roadmap to Mathematics: 2nd Grade

Roadmap to Mathematics: 1st Grade

[Feature photo (above) by woodleywonderworks. (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)] A frequently-asked question on homeschooling forums is, “Are my children working at grade level? What do they need to know?” The Council of the Great City Schools has published a handy 6-page pdf summary of first grade math concepts, with suggestions for how parents can … Continue reading Roadmap to Mathematics: 1st Grade

Roadmap to Mathematics: Kindergarten

[Feature photo (above) by MIKI Yoshihito. (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)] A frequently-asked question on homeschooling forums is, “Are my children working at grade level? What do they need to know?” The Council of the Great City Schools has published a handy 6-page pdf summary of kindergarten math concepts, with suggestions for how parents can … Continue reading Roadmap to Mathematics: Kindergarten

Homeschooling High School Math

Feature photo (above) by Sphinx The Geek via flickr. Most homeschoolers feel at least a small tinge of panic as their students approach high school. “What have we gotten ourselves into?” we wonder. “Can we really do this?” Here are a few tips to make the transition easier. Before you move forward, it may help … Continue reading Homeschooling High School Math

My Ebook: Kindle & Smashwords Updates Available

If you bought an early edition of my ebook Let’s Play Math, you can now update your copy to the latest version. This update includes: typo whack-a-mole (fixing all I could find) toc.ncx navigation (the ebook magic that lets you skip ahead to the next chapter) additional living book and internet references in the appendix … Continue reading My Ebook: Kindle & Smashwords Updates Available

Welcome, TIME Readers!

[Photo by Luis Argerich via flickr.] If you’ve come here from Bonnie Rochman’s article, Bedtime Math: A Problem a Day Keeps Fear of Arithmetic Away, thank you for dropping in! I have nearly 800 published posts about learning and teaching math, which can seem pretty overwhelming. Here are a few good places to start: Tell … Continue reading Welcome, TIME Readers!

Mathematicians Love to Play

Mathematicians love to play with ideas. They experiment with puzzles. They tinker with the connections between shapes and numbers, patterns and logic, growth and change. To a mathematician, the fun of the game is in experimenting, in trying new things and discovering what will happen. Many modern strategy games were invented primarily for the fun … Continue reading Mathematicians Love to Play

Mathematicians Ask Questions

Wise mathematicians are never satisfied with merely finding the answer to a problem. If they decide to put effort into solving a math puzzle, then they are determined to milk every drop of knowledge they can get from that problem. When mathematicians find an answer, they always go back and think about the problem again. … Continue reading Mathematicians Ask Questions

How Can I Teach Math If I Don’t Understand It?

Our childhood struggles with schoolwork gave most of us a warped view of mathematics. We learned to manipulate numbers and symbols according to what seemed like arbitrary rules. We may have understood a bit here and a bit there, but we never saw how the framework fit together. We stumbled from one class to the … Continue reading How Can I Teach Math If I Don’t Understand It?