math

Top Ten Reasons Why I Homeschool Revisited

In March of 2009, I wrote a post about the top ten reasons why I homeschool. That was five years ago, when my children were in grades K-4, 2, 4, and 7. Today they’re in grades 4, 7, 9, and 12.  I thought I’d revisit those reasons and see if anything’s changed. Homeschooling puts my children’s character education back in my hands. This is

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The Perfect Pet

There’s a new picture book out this fall – and I wrote and illustrated it! It’s published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, a company that combines math or science with a great story. In The Perfect Pet, a child uses animal classification to choose just the right pet. The story begins when Mom says “yes!” to a pet. To help him decide, the child starts

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Cuisenaire Rods

Children often have trouble understanding abstract concepts.  Its no wonder then that math is often a dreaded subject because abstract concepts knowledge is essential to mathematics. A growing popular way to help kids understand abstract concepts is with the use of manipulatives. Manipulatives help to represent the abstract concepts that kids are trying to learn in mathematics in a concrete fashion. These manipulatives are

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Loving Math

These past few months, I have found some great resources to help my son in gaining more strength and confidence in math. For years, it felt like I was pushing math concepts at a wall. It was very frustrating and discouraging for both of us. I’m beginning to see, as I read more and look at all the paths that are available to us,

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Forget Math Drills- Teach Them Spreadsheets

Math was my nemesis during every year of my education. I hated it with a passion. Countless tears were shed by me in frustration at my inability to grasp what seemed so simple to others. When I entered high school, my new rhetoric became “who cares as long as I pass…when am I going to use geometry or calculus anyway?”. I made sure I

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Coin County – A Bank in a Book

From an early age, children learn that you need money in order to purchase something from the store. It’s so much fun to let a young child pick something out, give him the exact change, and allow him to pay the clerk. You’re child will have an even stronger sense of satisfaction, though, if he uses his own money that he has saved to

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All the Way Around – Learning Wrap Ups

Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups. Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A

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Math for the Fifth Grade

Your child is ready for the fifth grade, and hopefully, so are you!  It’s easy to become overwhelmed with homeschooling as your child gets older and the concepts he must learn and the time spent on schoolwork continue to increase. By the fifth grade, he should have all of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts memorized; without them, he’ll struggle through most of

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Fourth Grade Math

As your child enters his fourth-grade year, a solid foundation in math is a must. By now he should know his addition and subtraction facts, as it’s difficult to move ahead with more challenging problems until he has them memorized. He’ll continue to learn his multiplication and division facts, as well as a number of other concepts. If you are using a standard curriculum

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2009 Education Software Review Awards

We are excited to announce that SmartTutor.com was awarded a 2009 EDDIE Award (Education Software Review Awards) from the ComputED Learning Center in two categories: Upper Elementary Reading / Literacy Website and Upper Elementary Math Website. CompuED’s EDDIE Awards target innovative, content-rich software programs and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster

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