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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!

And art always goes better with music to go with it. You could put the music on and get some markers and pencils and paint out and let your kids draw and paint the deep dark ocean and all the creatures they imagine could be there.

Investigate Whale Songs

Here is a link to whale song recordings at the Ocean Mammal Institute:

http://oceanmammalinst.com/songs.html

When I was a teenager, I spent a summer at Friday Harbor in the Pacific Northwest, learning how marine biologists were studying the Killer Whale groups. It was probably the most fantastic thing that happened to me during high school.

The Center for Whale Research website has lots of information if your kids are interested in orca…

https://www.whaleresearch.com/

My kids loved doing these when they were younger…

This link has an ocean theme mural that is free to print.

http://www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com/ocean-theme-mural.html

There is something amazing about the fishes in the Red Sea: They are the same as fishes in surrounding bodies of water but their colors are all wrong. Why? No one knows. For me it was always an extra reminder of how special that area of the world is historically.

Here is information about the geography surrounding the Red Sea and links to information about the life living in it

http://www.bbc.co.uk/oceans/locations/redsea/rare_fish.shtml

And here is a wonderful directory of the fishes in the red sea, with lots and lots of pictures… (this fish directory is searchable to find fish all around the world as well)

https://seafishes.wordpress.com/?s=red+sea

Surfing the Mavericks off the California coast

And a wonderful documentary about a stupendous surfer and his story that reaches far beyond surfing and delves into character development.

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]]>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!

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]]>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 is simple and straightforward so that anyone can understand.

Recently I discovered that he posted a number of his lectures online complete with video of his talks, lecture notes, slides, and problem sets. If you have an advanced middle or high schooler at home who loves math and/or origami and is inspired by other homeschoolers’ successes, then working through a course like “Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra” might be a wonderful experience! Even if your child does not understand the bulk of the lectures, he could at least watch the introductory lecture and start to understand the topics, and enjoy watching Erik explain.

*This post contains affiliate links – using the affiliate links on this and other pages on my blog helps me keep my site going and our homeschool running happily – We Thank You!*

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]]>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.

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]]>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) so there are not as many fun cartoons in this series, but Euclid the chicken comes along for the ride to offer helpful hints and chicken-wit.

I hope you enjoy these lessons as I post them. I am aiming to release one each week on average.

Download and enjoy!

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Download My Saxon Math Homeschool Helps Worksheets HERE (PDF format)

Enjoy, and I hope they help to make Saxon math a fun experience for your children!

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]]>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.

Download Lesson 142 of Doodles Do Algebra HERE and learn to Divide Radicals

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 also need to remember how to convert x into a square root. x is the same as the square root of x-squared so x divided by the square root of x is the same as the square root of x-squared divided by the square root of x which is the same as the square root of the quantity x-squared divided by x which is the square root of x. There you go, not hard. Just requires a little frontal lobe focus)
- 9 square root of x over the square root of y (here she has to remember that you do the division of coefficients separately.)
- square root of the quantity 2x over 3y (this is just a rearranging and combining problem really, not actually any calculating. The big thing is for your child to remember how to divide by a fraction)

Note: I am still looking for a good way to display these math expressions on the web site, so please bear with me for now.

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]]>Decimal Derby is fun to play and since each player chooses their playing piece out of their personal collection of toys, the game becomes personalized to each child.

My little secret is that the game is so much fun that the Hub and I play it when the kids are not around… but now that I think about it, maybe that just simple means we are both terribly geeky parents.

Download the Decimal Derby Math Game HEREEither way, the game does teach a child how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide by decimals and whole numbers.

And for an algebra curriculum that helps you to teach your kids successfully, using the methods used by Ben Franklin and George Washington and our other great founders, try my Doodles Do Algebra series. I have published the first 3 books on Amazon as kindle books so far, with more to come soon. This week the newest in the series, “The Basic Math of Algebra” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8LGN4I) is available at a discount through the Kindle Countdown program and is $0.99 for one more day before the price rises (normally $6.99, so get it while you can at this low price)

I hope you enjoy it!

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]]>- Vi Hart is one such mathematician. A young woman with a wonderful sense of humor and a wickedly smart sense of math, Vi graduated from Harvard and joined the Khan Academy. She also has a tremendous volume of youtube videos and additional information on her web site at http://vihart.com Using Vi Hart’s material is a great activity to enhance math lessons on a Friday afternoon, so give it a try!
- Marcus Du Sautoy has done more for my kids’ understanding and love for math (or maths as he puts it in England) than I thought possible. Throughout my educational career, I spent many, many hours studying math. I thought that I really understood all of it. But then I sat down with my kids to listen to a math podcast with Mr. Du Sautoy. Wow. He is able to explain the reasons behind all of mathematics, even the really advanced stuff in a way that makes the concept “sticky” for even the little ones. Beyond his BBC podcasts, Mr. Du Sautoy has a series called “The Story of Maths”, available on DVD at our local library. He also created another really entertaining documentary called “The Story of One”. Here is the link to his website: http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/dusautoy
- My kids fell in love with the magic of origami after watching a documentary called Between the Folds). More specifically, Erik Demaine captured their imaginations, inspired them to think creatively about math, and became the number one homeschooler hero around our household. His wonderful story of being homeschooled by his father, who learned alongside his son, inspired my children greatly. Not only is there a path to college and creativity beyond for homeschoolers, but even the wonderfully individualistic humor-endowed homeschooler has a place. If your kids are advanced enough in their math studies, Dr. Demaine has posted a course on Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra on his web site that includes both video lectures and downloadable lecture notes. His web site (http://erikdemaine.org/) also has games and puzzles that my kids found interesting. This is an example of a math hero for homeschoolers. It is a testament to an incredible father-son pair who obviously has a wonderful adventure together homeschooling and have found a path that led them to continuing their adventure and their intellectual friendship while allowing Dr. Demaine (the younger) to spread his wings and soar. We only can wait to see how far he flies and what amazing discoveries and contributions come as a result.

And for an algebra curriculum that helps you to teach your kids successfully, even if you had trouble with the subject back in the day, try my Doodles Do Algebra series. I have published the first 3 books on Amazon as kindle books so far, with more to come soon. This week the newest in the series, “The Basic Math of Algebra” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8LGN4I) is available at a discount through the Kindle Countdown program and is currently $0.99 (normally $6.99, so get it while you can at this low price)

And no matter what you do today with your kids, spend some time with them being enchanted by math today!

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]]>**How Much of The Basic Math of Algebra Is Covered In This Book?**

This third book in the Doodles Do Algebra series teaches your child how to evaluate equations followed by a comprehensive tour through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of monomials and polynomials, including long division of polynomials. This leads the way towards the next books in the series that cover factoring and fractions, followed by learning to solve simple equations, and more.

**Do I Have To Start With The First Book In The Series, Or Can I Pick And Choose Subjects?**

The book series is designed as a complete curriculum and also as a supplement so that if your child is having difficulties with a specific area of Algebra, you can use just the relevant Doodles Do Algebra book.

**What Is In This Book? (The Basic Math of Algebra)**

- Evaluating Equations
- Writing Equations
- Algebraic Addition (of both positive and negative terms)
- Algebraic Subtraction
- Distributive Property of Multiplication
- Commutative Property of Multiplication
- Multiplication of both monomials and polynomials
- Division of monomials
- Long Division of Polynomials

This book includes the student work pages, teacher’s notes, and answer key. Unlike most curricula for homeschooling that seems to include teacher’s notes as an afterthought, this series is focused heavily on notes to the teacher. We provide alternatives for teaching each lesson so that you can adjust the material to fit your child. No matter how your child learns and understands math best, we have a suggestion.

**The Approach Answers The Question We All Hear: “Why Do I Have To Learn This?”**

All of us, at one time or another, have asked, “But why do I have to know this?” This curriculum is designed to eliminate those questions. Children begin solving real life problems that get progressively harder, perhaps even pushing your own limits of concentration but I guarantee your child will breeze through the material. At the end of this book, we introduce the concept of the unknown as a way to keep track of the bits and parts of a problem. Then your child will fully understand why they are learning algebra, not just how to do the problems.

**A Lesson A Day Is The Best Way!**

Each lesson is meant to be done in one day and is designed to be flexible. If your child understands right away, then encourage them and move on. If, however, your child doesn’t understand a topic, then I provide alternative teaching methods for you to try in the teacher’s guide section at the end of this book.

**Curricula Designed For Both Independent Learning Or Working With You, Whatever Is Best For Your Child.**

The lessons are laid out in a fashion that allows your child to work independently as much as possible. You generally need to spend a few minutes with your child prior to any independent work in order to set the stage for the day’s learning. Depending on your child’s age and ability to work independently, you may feel most comfortable working through the entire lesson each day with your child. I have found with my own kids that on some days they really want to work by themselves, and on others they really want to do the lesson together. This curriculum is designed to handle both scenarios and allows you to be completely flexible.

The Doodles Do Algebra series includes the algebra topics encountered in modern day Algebra I and Algebra II, as well as topics that are no longer covered until college (such as calculating the square root of large numbers without a calculator, or a computer). The curriculum is based on the teaching methodology of algebra texts written in the late 1600’s to the early 1800’s and used by English and American children.

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