I am so excited to start a new school year with my kids. Although, to be honest, I'm also a little nervous! This is the first year I'll be teaching 3 of my kids at once and I have no idea how our new routine will play out. But I've been working hard this summer to plan and prepare to make the transition as smooth as possible, and we're almost ready to start! Because I love reading about other families' curriculum choices, I thought I would share mine here. Maybe this will give you some ideas for your own family, or introduce you to curriculum you've never heard of. Either way, here are our Keep Reading...

## Foldable 3D Shapes {FREE Printable Pack!}

Exploring the properties of three dimensional shapes is fun for all ages! Because kids are introduced to 3D shapes early on, you could make these together with young kids, or you could use them with high schoolers to explore more complex math. No matter how you use them, this set of foldable 3D shapes is bound to be a hit! *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* To assemble this set of foldable 3D shapes: I highly recommend printing the nets on stock paper rather than regular paper. I have tried 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...

## Fun Ways to Engage in Math Learning this Summer

Ahhh, summer. A time for vacations and catching fireflies, trips to the pool and firing up the grill. While there are probably endless images and activities that come to mind when you think of summer, I'm willing to bet that doing math just isn't one of them. But the truth is, for most students, summer is a time when all the important math skills they worked so hard to learn throughout the year are completely lost. So here are some SUPER simple summer math activities that will keep your kids from being bored (and keep them learning!). *Please note: Some of the links in this post are 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...

## Pi Day Sing Along {FREE Printable!}

Get ready fellow math geeks, "Pi Day" is almost here! The day to celebrate the wonderfully simple and yet, at the same time complex, number pi. And of course, a fantastic excuse to PARTY! :) I'm so excited to help you prepare, and want to share a fun resource that can be used with kids of all ages! This Pi Day Sing Along has been recently updated, and now includes two pages of goofy math songs! *Please Note: This post contains affiliate links which help support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.* What is Pi Day, you ask? Well the number pi is a constant which Keep Reading...

## Exploring Surface Area of Pyramids and Cones!

As promised, I have another surface area lesson to share today! This builds on students' previous knowledge from the prisms and cylinders lesson to get them thinking about other three dimensional shapes: pyramids and cones. This FREE surface area of pyramids and cones investigation is a sure way to get kids thinking and better understanding area. It is also a fun, hands-on way to help them form a conceptual understanding, rather than trying to memorize formulas. This lesson is intended to be used together with the prisms and cylinders lesson, but helps students take their learning a bit Keep Reading...

## Exploring Surface Area: Hands-On Lesson!

One topic that I believe is too often rushed through, whether in pre-algebra or geometry, is the surface area of three dimensional objects. Because it is often seen as an "easy" topic where students are expected to simply "plug the numbers into the formula," it can be easy to say, "Here's the formula, GO." And while this may work for some students, especially students who have a strong foundation in geometry vocabulary and a strong understanding of area in general, simply "plugging numbers into the formula" doesn't come as easily to others. This hands-on investigation for exploring surface Keep Reading...

## Making Absolute Value Clear (With FREE Printables!)

One of the math concepts that I have seen students struggle with the most, and yet seems so simple at first glance, is absolute value. It often seems that the only thing students ever "get" from an absolute value lesson is this: absolute value = make it positive. That is NOT, however, the definition of absolute value, and therefore, becomes the cause of much confusion as students try to apply and use absolute value in more complicated problems. This absolute value exploration teaches absolute value in a way that makes sense, and makes it clear to students why absolute value problems are Keep Reading...

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