Is math enrichment, and what do we have to do to really understand it? Most of us think of math as a required subject. The one with all the worksheets and memorization. The subject that starts with, “Because everyone needs to know this,” and often ends with tears and frustration. Most of us don’t think of math as an enrichment. But it really is. Math provides the tools to ‘enrich’ your child’s understanding of physics and chemistry and even biology and medicine. Understanding math enriches your child’s ability to run a business, estimate and budget, and even to do their taxes one day. Laurie andRead More →

CTCMath Family Membership

Our Experience Trying Out The Family Membership from CTCMath My son and I were delighted to try out the Family Membership from  CTCMath. We discovered that it is a great way of learning math for homeschoolers, and you can try it out – free! As homeschooling parents, we spend a lot of time trying to fill in the gaps in our education that we all have but that homeschooling moms must fill so that they can better educate their children. That is one of the reasons that homeschooling benefits three generations: the child who is homeschooled, the parent who strives to learn so that sheRead More →

But Mom Why Do I Have To Learn Algebra?

My Math Story Reads Like A Race Over Speedbumps I have to be frank here: I hated math in high school. How that happened is a lesson in why homeschooling is a wonderful choice for middle school-aged kids. But I will start at the beginning. When I was young, in the days of smelly hippies and love-fests, I loved math. I was lucky and had a sixth grade teacher who let me work on my own for math. I loved the subject. I would rather stay in the classroom during recess and work on math than go out and figure out how to play withRead More →

Some May Like It Hot, But Not Us!

It Was Hot This Week, So We Took It Slow… This week was actually our 4th week of the new school year, but we really only just got into a full schedule. It has been hot as summer hangs on for it’s last gasp before fall tumbles in. Hot days are not days that we do much, in our homeschool. I try to keep the amount of schooling low and spend more time playing outside, or watching documentaries about glaciers and polar bears! My kids are starting their high school years and it is exciting and terrifying and sad all at the same time. IRead More →

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 →

No-Nonsense Algebra

No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials We discovered that No-Nonsense Algebra is a fantastic curriculum from Math Essentials designed to teach your child algebra in a way that will ensure he masters it. And my son has learned more than Algebra using this text – he has learned to take control of his own education! We Planned to Use No-Nonsense Algebra As Review My son is currently working his way through Algebra II and so we decided to review No-Nonsense Algebra more as a way to check and see if he remembered Algebra I or if he needed to brush up on some of the lessons.Read More →

Marigold Bakes A Cake

A Review of “Marigold Bakes a Cake” by Mike Malbrough It took me a while to get my hands on this book when it arrived at our house, as my children squirreled it away and declared it the most fantastic book ever. That might seem reasonable and normal for children who are picture-book age… but my kids are teenagers! Marigold Bakes a Cake is the story of a orange cat with a penchant for things creative, but if it is Monday he must bake. The book chronicles Marigold’s hilarious adventures one Monday as he attempts to bake a cake, with a lot of help fromRead 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 →