Ilove math. This is not a fact that escapes;anyone;that;knows;me.;Al- gebra;is;my;favorite.;Now,;please don’t;stop;reading;this;article;based
Math is, however, a necessary evil in life.
you have to do math. And, therefore, as
homeschool parents, we have to teach
math. Here are the ten things I think
about teaching math.
1You don’t have to stick with the cur- riculum you started with. I think we have used every math curriculum
available. When the boys were young, we
being an effective resource for us, we
moved on to Teaching Textbooks. In the
coming school year, one of the boys will
use Teaching Textbooks, and one will use
the curriculum vendor you started with.
2In the elementary years, you don’t have to buy curriculum. During those years when math mainly in-
addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division, we bought McGraw-Hill
their entire year. They always tested
for us. Another good resource is Math
Mammoth. They have excellent work-
sheet sets that would cover an elemen-
3Games are math. The boys learned a lot of addition from rolling dice while;playing;board;games.;Also,
counting is math. Okay, maybe not when
We also have some math games that
are really challenging to their math skills.
where you build math equations instead
of words. There are also many versions of
lenging! I love the game SET and the
4Change the rules of a game to fit your needs. Uno can be changed to;reinforce;any;math;concept
matching numbers or colors, make your
You can do this with a regular deck of
cards as well. Think of the game War or
Go Fish. If you say, “Do you have any
each child lays down two cards, and the
total when they are multiplied is the
number that they have to beat.
5Learn the facts. You want your stu- dents;to;have;all;the;multiplication facts;memorized;before;junior;high.
are;trying;to;solve;7( 7+x)= 56.;One;great
.com was also a big hit in our house. For
6It’s okay to give them the answers. When your child is struggling with a;problem,;tell;him;the;answer;he
should get and let him work toward it.
so when you give the answer, you are not
setting a goal and working toward it.
Math is fun! Don’t
for Teaching Math
you have to do math.