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 Keep Reading...

## Let’s Get Cooking! {Math Fun in the Kitchen}

One of the best ways to engage reluctant math learners is to make math fun and relevant. We use math every single day, but it's not always clear or obvious to our kids! One way that I use math all the time (usually without even thinking about it) is in the kitchen. Measuring correctly, converting measures, doubling a recipe for the freezer-these are all important ways to apply math in our everyday life and a very easy way to include my kids and 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 Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebies Round-Up!

Welcome to the weekly round up of fun math freebies here at Math Geek Mama! I hope you find something useful for your classroom or homeschool! :) Kindergarten-2nd: I love these missing number practice pages from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler! These provide great practice and help build number sense. Here's some great counting and number recognition practice! This freebie allows kids to begin working with ten frames and Keep Reading...

## FREE Logic Puzzles!

The subject of systems of linear equations is very intimidating to most students. Especially if they have struggled to solve a single equation! To help show my students that systems of equations are not all that scary, and actually quite doable, I would start by giving them a "puzzle" to solve, like this one: I do not say anything about writing equations, solving a system of equations, or anything like that. I simply announce that I Keep Reading...

## FREE Online Summer Math Program!

Have you heard? This summer (starting sometime in May) TenMarks.com is offering their summer math program (normally $39.95) for FREE! Their goal is to help students retain the math they worked so hard to learn or maybe even get ahead during the summer months so they can be ready and confident to jump back in in the fall. I'm very excited about this because my daughter loves doing math and playing games on the computer, so this 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 Keep Reading...

## Weekly Math Freebie Round-Up!

Welcome to my weekly round up of math freebies from around the web! I hope you find something useful! If not, let me know, I'll try to point you in the right direction! :) Kindergarten-2nd: Check out this post from Pink Polka Dots and Pre-K! She shares 5 different counting practice freebies including the frames above and some cute puzzles! Get some extra practice with place value with this cute activity from The Groovy Keep Reading...

## The King’s Chessboard Problem {Free Printables!}

Today's math story problem is a classic problem that is seen in the book: The King's Chessboard by David Birch Similar to The Lion's Share, this classic folktale teaches important lessons on character and the dangers of pride, while also presenting a fascinating mathematical problem. When a King forces the wise man to choose a reward for his service, the man says he simply wants one grain of rice for the first square on the chessboard, then Keep Reading...

## 4 Reasons Teaching Math Vocabulary is Vital

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc (Text added) There were many reasons why I opted to major in mathematics rather than history, art history, or English (although let’s be honest…I never really considered majoring in English.). One of the main reasons, however? Math doesn’t require reading and writing. Just numbers and problem solving. That was my thinking anyway, as I jumped into my freshman year. And to some extent, I Keep Reading...

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