I opened the mailbox the other day to find a wonderful surprise! A picture book that teaches fractions is a fun and engaging way. The Story Twinderella is the story of two girls, Cinderella and Twinderella, who live with two mean step sisters and a wicked step mother (figured out the twist yet?). They get the opportunity to go to the royal ball, but must share everything they are given by their fairy godmom, just as they share their daily chores: by fractions! The real surprise is how they end up sharing when they meet the prince (or could there be two?) and how theirRead More →

The Life of Fibonacci

This week I wanted to feature a wonderful picture book about the life of Fibonacci, the mathematician. Fibonacci lived in the 1100’s in medieval Italy and learned about math on his travels on behalf of his father’s business to far away places like northern Africa, Turkey, Syria, Greece, and Sicily. Fibonacci will even take you into the court of Frederick II, of the Holy Roman Empire. It is a wonderful way to tie the development of mathematics with other history your child is learning! This book takes your child on a rollicking adventure through Fibonacci’s life and travels. You can use this to reinforce geographyRead More →

How do you teach your child to reduce radicals? No, this is not advanced nuclear chemistry or using a shrink ray on protesters in the streets. It really is math, well, part of algebra for our purposes. The new idea your child in this lesson focuses on the concept of a monomial that is a perfect square. Now my test subjects (son and daughter) were divided on the issue of whether the explanation on the worksheet was sufficient today, so I am adding a more visual explanation of a monomial that is a perfect square here for you to do with your child as anRead More →

The Ocean & Deep Dark Holes | A Quick Science Unit Study Let’s start the week off with a bit of mystery and fun. Take a look at how deep and dark the hole that is our water-filled ocean goes… You could use this as a fun aside, or the start of a unit study on oceans or marine life, or simply a “Hey, Kids! Come over here and look at this utterly cool thing!” This is great for any age kid, and homeschooling moms too!     Ocean Art Activity And art always goes better with music to go with it. You could putRead More →

Happy spring! If you are like me, you are thinking I am one day early. But actually not. In our new century, spring begins on March 20th, not the 21st. This interesting fact is explained quite neatly on the Old Farmer’s Almanac. But the really exciting part is that they are hosting a special Spring Vernal Equinox Telescope viewing at 4:30 EST online. Spring starts at the same moment, no matter where you live on the world and if you want to see spring start, check out this live telescope viewing! Share With Your Friends31Read More →

Erik Demaine is a true hero in our homeschooling household. My children were first introduced to him years ago through a documentary about origami called “Between the Folds“. They loved this documentary and we watched it over and over and over. It is perfect for any child, at any age. Erik Demaine stood out from the rest of the origamists featured in the documentary. He is a fun-loving, ferociously smart adult who was homeschooled by his father, entered college very early and is now teaching at MIT and studying the applications of origami folding to protein structure. The way he explains truly complex topics isRead More →

Today I am sharing the second lesson in the series I am writing called “Geometry with Euclid” which covers Axioms. Today’s lesson teaches your child about Axioms in Geometry. If your child has any trouble doing today’s lesson, please let me know in the comments below and I will try to help you. Share With Your Friends31Read More →

Today we begin a new math series to complement the Doodles Do Algebra books I released in 2016. There will be more Doodles Do Algebra books in the series that I will publish this year, however my kids and I are working through Geometry now and so I am giving away the worksheets and teacher’s guides for now (until I publish the book) just as I did for the Doodles Do Algebra lessons. The first lesson in Geometry with Euclid is a reading exercise to understand the vocabulary of Geometry. These lessons are written for kids that are slightly older (8th grade and up) soRead More →

When my kids were younger, we used Saxon math in our homeschool. They really did not like the worksheet templates that were provided in the Saxon student workbooks, and so I made a set up for them that we used every day for years. The main difference, besides a few fun pictures, is that there is more room to write and work out the problems. Please use these pages for personal use only. Enjoy, and I hope they help to make Saxon math a fun experience for your children! Share With Your Friends31Read 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 →