In my shopping for homeschool curriculum this year, I was able to find all sorts of wonderful math manipulatives at really amazing prices (thank you, consignment sales). *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Feel free to read our full disclosure policy here.* One small thing I picked up is a hundreds chart. It doesn't look like much (mine especially, it's rather well used), but it's an incredibly useful tool for learning and practicing all sorts of math! If you would like a nice, beautiful poster to hang, you can grab one here, but you can also download and Keep Reading...

## Dyscalculia: What it Looks Like and How to Get Help {An Interview with Sharon Harding}

I'm fairly confident that just about everyone reading this has heard of dyslexia, a reading disorder that affects reading and language abilities. I'm almost as confident, however, that most of you will be unfamiliar with the term dyscalculia. Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito (´･ω･) via Compfight cc {text added} Dyscalculia is a math learning disability that experts estimate affects the same number of people, and yet very little is known about it. As a result, unfortunately, many go undiagnosed. I will admit that even as a mom and math educator who has worked with, taught and tutored Keep Reading...

## Sometimes Quality is More Important than Quantity

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc {text added} When I was student teaching, one of the classes I taught in was an honors 8th grade pre-algebra class. It was a fun group, and I really enjoyed working with that teacher, but the thing that sticks out the most is the day we spent the entire class period working on one problem. Yup, forty-five minutes, one problem. At the time, I was shocked that the teacher would spend so much time on just one problem! But as I watched the students interacting with the problem, and each other, and listened to the discussions they were able Keep Reading...

## Mental Math Challenge: Exercise Your Brain! {FREE!}

Do your kids rely too heavily on the calculator? Do you want something fun and engaging, yet challenging for their mind over the summer? It's important to keep up mental math skills like adding, subtracting and multiplication or they will be forgotten. It's also a good workout for the brain to be challenged and to work out math problems that might otherwise be plugged into the calculator! I know my kids don't always jump for joy at the thought of doing a math worksheet, but they sure do love a good competition! Challenge your kids to race through this mental math workout and see who can Keep Reading...

## 5 Tips to Teach Math with Confidence

So far, I have successfully taught one out of four of my children to read. While that is incredibly encouraging and exciting, I was definitely not confident and sure of myself when we first started on this journey! I’m a math teacher. I don’t know anything about teaching reading! What I have realized, however, is that for many homeschooling moms, it’s just the opposite. The thought of teaching your kids math is terrifying. Maybe you were never “good” at math. Or maybe you just always hated it. Whatever the reason, I know how hard it can be to move forward and teach what needs to be taught Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Drawing a Picture

I am a very visual learner. Whenever I am facing a word problem of any kind, my initial reaction is to draw a picture. Even if it is a fairly simple problem and I think I already know how to solve it (or even already know the answer), I will almost always still draw a picture. While this is an especially useful strategy for visual learners, I believe that problem solving by drawing a picture can be helpful for any student! Maybe I'm drawn to this strategy because I’m such a great artist…no, that’s definitely not it! I believe it is because seeing a visual representation of the problem can Keep Reading...

## Problem Solving by Solving an Easier Problem

One of the most important things students should be learning in math class is not some specific, useful math topic or skill, but how to problem solve. Math is not easy! If students understand that math is hard, and requires thinking and practicing, they will be less likely to give up at the first sign of trouble. If students understand that it’s ok to wrestle with a problem for a little while, and maybe even make some mistakes first, they won’t be as frustrated when the answer doesn’t simply pop into their head the first time they read the problem. Sometimes, the best way to solve a difficult Keep Reading...

## 5 Reasons to Read in Math Class

Photo Credit: Risen1 via Compfight cc I will never forget my first day in my Reading Across the Curriculum masters class. The goal and purpose of the class was to learn how to integrate reading and good books into any and all classrooms. As a future math teacher, I scoffed at this frustrating requirement. "This is great. This class will be relevant to everyone but me. How unfair! How unnecessary!" I would complain. And then the class began. It was one of the most useful classes of my educational journey and I discovered that there are wonderful math books that beautifully weave math into Keep Reading...

## The Great Calculator Debate

The great debate over calculator use in the math classroom, particularly in elementary school, will probably never be resolved. There are those who say there is no place for calculators in the classroom, whether elementary or high school. Then there are those who say that “mental math” is no longer necessary. That we live in an age of technology and memorizing multiplication facts or working math out with pencil and paper has become obsolete and a waste of time. Well, I would like to argue that there is a balance to be found, and that the calculator can be a wonderful tool in the math Keep Reading...

## Math Myths Debunked: Math is Just a Set of Rules to Memorize

I’ve heard this myth in various forms from various people all my life. I’m sure you have too! And I’m sure in some classrooms {unfortunately} there is truth to it. But it doesn’t have to be this way! What is this math myth? “Math is just a boring set of rules and formulas to memorize.” Let me let you in on a little secret: Math is NOT just rules and formulas! And Math should not be learned (and I would argue cannot be learned in a meaningful way) by memorizing! Math is beautiful! Math is a unique language that models all the things in the world around us. It shows us how things Keep Reading...