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 like counting, but honestly, you can use virtually any children's picture book to teach and practice counting (and I encourage you to do so!). So today 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 this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Understanding integers and especially how to correctly add, subtract, multiply and divide them is a skill 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 what books to use, I want to share how to use them! So here are 5 simple ways to give your kids a love of math and teach important concepts with math 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 math doesn't have to be difficult or scary. You may also be surprised to hear it isn't as far away from teaching reading as it seems. Because you can 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 is useful, and tons of ideas for making it fun! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help support the work of 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 the angles in triangles. As I've shared before, it can be so fun exploring triangle properties! This lesson helps students understand interior and 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 their own (with guidance), they will be more meaningful and it will be much more likely that students will remember them. Today I'm sharing a free 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 dilemma is not to cram more into our schedule, but to use our time more wisely by combining subjects and kids whenever possible. Today I want to share a Keep Reading...

## Tips for Teaching Math with Sir Cumference

As I've shared before, I love teaching, introducing and exploring math concepts with math literature. Some of my favorite books are the "Sir Cumference" books by Cindy Neuschwander. They are full of humor and wit, all while exploring important math topics in a way that is fun and engaging. Today I want to share some tips for teaching math with Sir Cumference, as well as free resources to extend the learning! *Please Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure here.* Tips for Teaching Math with Sir Keep Reading...

## Pythagorean Theorem Lego Proof

Are you familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem? Even if you know the equation, do you know what it means? What all the letters stand for? Why it even matters? Understanding and then using and applying the Pythagorean theorem is important for students because it is so foundational. It can be applied to all kinds of right triangle problems in trigonometry and geometry and is incredibly useful in the real world to determine measurements and right angles. One problem that I encountered as a high school teacher was that often students would forget what the formula was or (more frequently) what the Keep Reading...

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