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 →

10 Super Science Classes

10 Super Science Classes For Your Homeschooler Under $10 Really? (I know you are thinking that as you begin to look at this post) Can I really get 10 sciences classes for my homeschooling family for under $10? Yes! I found a treasure trove of fantastic science courses for homeschooling families, many more than 10 actually but here are my favorites… 1. Small World Sensory Science (Preschool) 2. Having Fun with Kindergarten Science (Kindergarten) 3. A World of Animals (elementary) 4. Science Experiments with Jason Lindsey (elementary) 5. Everyday Astronomy (elementary) 6. Geology (elementary, middle, and high school) 7. Botany (middle and high school) 8.Read 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 →

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 →