I Went Overboard With The Record Keeping for Years Take it from me, it is absolutely possible to go overboard with the planning and the record keeping in a homeschool. The first year we homeschooled our children, I wrote a paragraph each day for each lesson my kids did. I documented the materials we used and the time it took and the top keywords that I might need in the future if I needed to show all the topics they were learning. I kept and filed every blessed piece and scrap of paper and art project and photos of every outing. I kept this upRead More →

A Review of Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon, A Book Giveaway, & Make Your Own Stuffed Harpster! We were lucky to have the opportunity to review this 4th book in the Hamster Princess series. Everyone in the family absolutely loved the book And who is Harpster? Well you either have to read the book, or look down the page and download the Sewing Pattern so you can make a stuffed Harpster for your child (or maybe for yourself!) Here are some things my children had to say about the story: The Story is Amazing! It was So Fantastic that I Stayed Up TillRead 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 →

Today’s geometry lesson with Euclid the chicken teaches your child about the concept of ratios. The lesson today is easy and fun and how can it not be, since it features a chicken named Euclid!     Please leave feedback in the comments section. These are lessons I wrote for my own children to use in our little homeschool and I am now preparing them for publication. Share With Your Friends31Read 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 →

Today your child will learn to multiply and divide roots. The basic concept is the same as multiplying and dividing in algebra: you can multiply like terms. Remember when we talked about laying the apples, oranges, and raisins out on the kitchen table and having your child group them into like terms as a way to show him that you really cannot combine “terms” (or items) that are in different categories? It was a long time ago, if you have been working your way through this course, so it may be that you need to remind your child of the concept. This is where hands-onRead More →

Today your child learns how to add and subtract second degree radicals. I think that the basic explanation on the worksheet is enough to help your child through the process. But the basic idea is that there are two steps: first to reduce the radicals that you are adding or subtracting to their simplest form, and then second to add like terms. “Like terms” when you are adding or subtracting radicals is just like the “add like terms” you taught your child back when he first began learning algebra and perhaps you would say to him, “one ‘x’ plus two ‘xes’ equal three ‘xes’.” SoundRead More →