As a veteran homeschooling mom who loves math, I want to help other parents see the variety and richness of the subject. Math is not just rules and rote memory. Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine — and if all your children ever do is textbook math, that’s like feeding them broccoli-flavored ice cream.
Of course, our students do need to learn the boring parts of math, just as piano players need to practice scales and football players to do push-ups, but they should never be led to think that routine operations are the point of mathematics.
I hope this blog will be a place where we can play around with ideas about learning, teaching, and understanding math. (For me, it usually happens in that order.) And if we can find a way to give our children a good taste of that “Aha!” feeling, the thrill of working through a challenging problem and figuring it out, then we won’t be able to keep them away from math.
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