Chapter 11 of The Adventures of Fanny and Newt One afternoon, a few weeks after Fanny joined *had Newt and Keeper Karl in the cozy little house behind the zoo, the two small bears had taken to wandering through the zoo. On this occasion they visited the Aviary to look at all the wonderful tropical birds. Fanny was talking with Buzz, the red Macaw who recently joined the zoo from a rehabilitation center in Brazil. Buzz explained to the two little bears that he grew up in a beautiful tree on the banks of the Amazon river. As a chick, he never left his nest and spent hisRead More →

The first three Doodles Do Algebra books in this unique curriculum series, covering pre-algebra through division of polynomials, are now available in paperback. The books are printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper so that your child has plenty of room to write and the text is large enough to easily read.  Topics Covered in Starting Out With Mental Algebra (Book 1) This first in the Doodles Do Algebra series is focused on Mental Math and is designed as the first step to learning Algebra for your child. The philosophy is focused on helping your child to think about abstracting and grouping items in orderRead More →

Chapter 10 – Introductions and a New Game This is a story I told my children when they were little and I now have the time to sit down and turn it into a book that I will publish through our family business, West Technology Research Solutions LLC www.wtrs.net. Click HERE to start with the first chapter of the story. The next day Newt and Fanny awoke early, had a light breakfast of fish with Keeper Karl, and set off down the path outside the house that led to the zoo long before it was time to open the gates and let in the day’sRead More →

Holiday preparations always seem to catch me off-guard – no matter how many lists I make and plans I concoct. And this year is no exception. I woke this morning and realized that we only have 2-ish weeks until Christmas… Aaaak! And so I decided that instead of posting a brand new chapter in The Adventures of Fanny and Newt, I would post a summary so you have one spot with links to all the chapters (that is until I publish the book in 2017). Chapter 1 – In Which We Meet Newt Chapter 2 – The Name of the Man in the Blue CoverallsRead More →

Years ago, my kids (the original Doodles, the real-life characters from my Doodles Do Algebra math book series) were having trouble getting the rules for arithmetic with decimal numbers down solid so I made a game to help them: Decimal Derby. 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 meansRead More →

It is so important for kids to realize that math is not a dreary, dull subject. There are a few mathematicians who stand out as math heroes, truly loving mathematics, and provide engaging explanations that make math understandable and fun for all ages. 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 aRead More →

Today I am kicking off a week-long Kindle Countdown Deal to help all parents with children who are ready to learn algebra – so take advantage of the sale! Here is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Math-Algebra-Book-Doodles-ebook/dp/B01M8LGN4I Why did I write this book? I could not find a rigorous algebra curriculum that worked for my children. My kids wanted algebra to be fun and interesting and challenging. Most of the homeschool-focused math curricula seem to forget that the most important part of the curriculum is the teacher’s guide. You need to know how to help your child as it is a rare child who canRead More →

Each Thursday, I post a new chapter of  The Adventures of Fanny and Newt. This is a story I told my children when they were little and I now have the time to sit down and turn it into a book that I will publish through our family business, West Technology Research Solutions LLC www.wtrs.net. Chapter 9 – Fanny Gets Settled The next morning Newt awoke long before Keeper Karl got out of his bed and clomped downstairs to make breakfast. All he could think of was the events of last night and the furry sleeping ball sharing his ample bedie-bye basket. And, Newt thought,Read More →

I am releasing the next book in the Doodles Do Algebra series today on Amazon: “The Basic Math of Algebra”. I originally wrote the book for my own children and now I am sharing it so that you can teach Algebra to your own children at home. You can begin with the first book in the series, “Starting Out With Mental Algebra” (a book which received 5 stars on Amazon) or you can jump straight in to this third book in the series. The book is available on Amazon in Kindle format and early next year I will be publishing the series as hard-copy workbooks as well. How MuchRead More →

Each Thursday, I post a new chapter of  The Adventures of Fanny and Newt. This is a story I told my children when they were little and I now have the time to sit down and turn it into a book that I will publish through our family business, West Technology Research Solutions LLC www.wtrs.net. Chapter 8: A First Adventure. In which the mystery is solved and a new friend found. After dinner, Newt went into the living room and peered out into the dark sky. Was the moon up yet? No, sadly. Not yet. Newt went through all the motions of a normal evening.Read More →