Timelines were something I stressed over when we began homeschooling. I looked at the options we could purchase, but couldn’t find something that fit our lifestyle. So, I put up a blank, homemade, timeline. It covered all of history, divided neatly into 100 year segments, a century on a piece of 8.5 by 11 paper. All I did was draw a line in pencil across each piece of paper in the same spot and label the start and end of the line with a year. It turned out that our dining room was perfectly sized to accommodate the entire timeline, taped up, end to end,Read More →

Today’s geometry lesson with Euclid the chicken teaches your child about the concept of ratios. The lesson today is easy and fun and how can it not be, since it features a chicken named Euclid!     Please leave feedback in the comments section. These are lessons I wrote for my own children to use in our little homeschool and I am now preparing them for publication. Feel Free to Share with Your Friends!31Read More →

This is lesson 147 in the Doodles Do Algebra curriculum and helps you to teach your child how to divide radicals. The big issue to look out for when your child does this lesson is that she remembers that dividing one square root by another is the same as dividing the two numbers and then taking the square root of the result.     Answers: 3 (because 81 divided by 9 is 9, and then the square root of 9 is 3.) d (because d-cubed divided by d is d-squared, and the square root of d-squared is d) square root of x (here she alsoRead More →

Today your child learns how to add and subtract second degree radicals. I think that the basic explanation on the worksheet is enough to help your child through the process. But the basic idea is that there are two steps: first to reduce the radicals that you are adding or subtracting to their simplest form, and then second to add like terms. “Like terms” when you are adding or subtracting radicals is just like the “add like terms” you taught your child back when he first began learning algebra and perhaps you would say to him, “one ‘x’ plus two ‘xes’ equal three ‘xes’.” SoundRead More →

I wrote an algebra curriculum for my kids, who love cartoons and fun and challenging activities all at the same time. We call it “Doodles Do Algebra” and I release a lesson a week for download at my math blog (TeachMeBetter.org) so if you are looking for a less-advanced lesson, look there. Then I publish the curriculum in bundles by topic on Amazon as well. For now the curriculum is published as kindle books, DRM-free, but soon I will also publish a hard copy workbook. Here is the lesson for the week: Lesson 139 Today’s lesson teaches your child to change rational quantities to radicalsRead More →

My kids loved, when they were younger to fill out “all about me” forms at the end of each year as a way to keep a record of their likes and dislikes and things that were important to them. The bonus is that they (and you) can look these pages over in the future and reminisce. So here is the download: Feel Free to Share with Your Friends!31Read More →

Everyone who homeschools needs to collect or create a set basic forms that we use with our kids, from the back-end administration to “customer-facing” sheets like today’s download – the Spelling Test Page. This is a blank Spelling Text form that allows your child to write out the spelling words during the week’s test (assuming you teach spelling the way that I did to my kids when they were younger.)     Feel free to use this printable in your own homeschool! Feel Free to Share with Your Friends!31Read More →

I hope you never have relatives or friends who decide to insert themselves into your life and critique the decision that you and your husband made to homeschool your children. But just in case that happens to you, I am sharing the 2-page PDF I made up a few years ago to combat nosy questions about why my husband and I chose to homeschool. Here are the Myths that I debunk on the download above: Homeschooling is not common Homeschooled kids are not learning as much as they would in public school and are not prepared for college Homeschooled kids are not socialized You haveRead More →