One of the greatest challenges for many elementary kids is mastering the times tables. And while there are tons of ways to make it fun, one of the best ways is to engage kids with math stories. Using books to introduce or teach multiplication concepts can help ease kids fears, as well as show them math in real life situations. And once they master the facts? Learning and understanding division is not quite so scary! So I'm excited to continue my Keep Reading...

## The Best Books to Teach Place Value and Large Numbers

It's time for another post in my Teaching with Math Story Books series! While I love exploring math concepts through stories, finding just the right books to do that can be a challenge. I have already shared some ways that math books can be used to teach math, as well as my favorite books for teaching addition and subtraction. Today, I want to share resources for another important math concept: place value. As I've shared before, there may be Keep Reading...

## The Best Books to Teach Addition and Subtraction

If you've followed my site for any length of time, you probably know about my love affair with math story books. Even though I'm a math teacher, I have always loved reading and spent my summers as a kid devouring book after book. So it only makes sense to me to combine math learning with great books! I'm beginning this series on math story books with the best books to teach addition and subtraction. I could start with something even more basic Keep Reading...

## Adding and Subtracting Integers {FREE Lesson!}

One of the most important concepts introduced in pre-algebra (or algebra) is integer operations. I can distinctly remember learning "the rules" and fun little tricks to remember them. But I also remember wondering why in the world subtracting a negative means you add! So when I saw this method to introduce adding and subtracting integers, I knew I had to try it. *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of Keep Reading...

## 5 Simple Ways to Teach with Math Story Books

Making math fun and engaging doesn't need to be hard or scary. One of the best ways to draw kids in, get them engaged and excited and teach or reinforce concepts is to teach with math story books. Engaging stories can pique kids' interest, build on their prior knowledge and help them form meaningful connections. Starting next week, I will be sharing a series of book lists for teaching and exploring various math concepts. But before we get into Keep Reading...

## Using Literacy Strategies to Teach Math

There always seems to be a new debate about the best way to teach math or which curriculum is the best. I also hear often from homeschool moms who love and feel confident teaching reading, yet feel uncertain and ill-equipped to teach math. Today I am not trying to put any debates to rest or say that I have the final answer to math education questions, I simply want to share some ideas to help you wherever you are, and hopefully show that teaching Keep Reading...

## Learning Multiplication with Arrays

When I wrote my Introduction to Multiplication Lesson bundle, I spent a lot of time researching multiplication, ways to learn it, different representations, etc. One of the representations that I cover in the lesson bundle is an array. If you are not a math teacher, this may not be familiar to you, but I find this to be a helpful representation for several reasons. Today I want to explain what an array is, why learning multiplication with arrays Keep Reading...

## Understanding the Angles in Triangles

I love letting kids investigate and explore and see math ideas and patterns for themselves. As an Algebra teacher, this was not always easy to do, but Geometry, on the other hand, really lends itself to being explored. Geometry is the math of lines and points and shapes: solid and three dimensional. So why in the world teach it by having kids right down a set of theorems to memorize? Today I want to share a fun and super simple example involving Keep Reading...

## Investigating Exponent Properties {FREE Lesson!}

Many of the topics covered in Pre-Algebra or Algebra are taught as "rules," "properties," or "formulas" to be memorized. And while it is definitely helpful to have certain properties or formulas memorized, I think it is much more important that these Algebra facts be taught in a way that is logical and makes sense, rather than simply telling students "This is true. Now use it correctly." If you let students explore and discover math truths on Keep Reading...

## Learning Math (and more!) with Music

As a homeschool mom of many, I have a lot of balls to juggle. There never seems to be enough time in the day, or space in our homeschool to cover every subject. While I always have the best of intentions to incorporate science and history and music and art (and all the rest) into our schedule, it seems like certain topics get, well, let's just say certain topics don't get the time that they deserve. I have found that the best solution to this Keep Reading...

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