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 Keep Reading...

## The Beginner’s Guide to Hands-On Math

Do you ever feel like teaching math is a struggle or just plain boring? Are you sick of worksheets and textbooks? Teaching and exploring math in a hands-on way will not only be more engaging for your kids, but it will deepen and strengthen their conceptual understanding. But if the thought of making math "hands-on" is intimidating to you, never fear! This beginner's guide to hands-on math will walk you through it, expand your understanding of Keep Reading...

## The Math Marathon: How to Train Kids to be Thinkers and Problem Solvers

What do you think of when you think about learning math? Most people tend to think about hard work and practice, practice, practice. But training for a marathon is actually a wonderful analogy for how we as teachers either in our homeschool or classroom can help students become the strongest math students they can be. Carefully planning out meaningful math experiences will develop deep mathematical thinking skills and prepare them to be strong Keep Reading...

## Race to Pi: Simple and Fun Pi Day Card Game

Are you gearing up for a fun-filled Pi Day celebration? I am always looking for new and engaging ways to celebrate Pi Day with kids of all ages. I even began this site about this time two years ago so that I could be ready in time for Pi Day! :) Since then I've gathered tons of fun ideas, from simple games and art projects, to challenging math investigations. But today, I want to share a SUPER simple and fun Pi Day card game that you can play Keep Reading...

## Pi-lentines: Sweet Pi Day Craft for All Ages

When I was growing up, I don’t ever remember celebrating Pi Day except during my high school Geometry class. And I certainly didn’t know anything about the number pi when I was in elementary school! So I’m excited to see that things are shifting, and even young kids can get excited, not just celebrating Pi Day and eating pie, but excited to learn about math. There’s really nothing special about the day: March 14th. But there is something Keep Reading...

## Here’s a Quick and Fun Way to Practice Any Math Skill

Are you constantly fighting negative attitudes or tears when it comes time to practice math facts? Whether you are a homeschooling parent, or helping your child with their homework, there are inevitably times when your child is reluctant. Or maybe you face this every single day. While it may be tempting to just plow through and get it done, that's only going to exacerbate the problem. Instead, try taking a step back to evaluate where the Keep Reading...

## Ultimate Collection of Pumpkin Math Ideas for K-12

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." (Anne of Green Gables, chapter 16). Living in the gorgeous mountains of east Tennessee, I can deeply resonate with Anne's sentiment. Fall is the most beautiful time of the year here, and I love everything about it. But one of the things I love most (and definitely the thing my kids love most) is pumpkins. The excitement of going to a farm and exploring, picking out the very best one. Keep Reading...

## 5 Benefits of Family Math Projects

Every once in awhile, it’s nice to take a break from the day to day math lesson and do a family math project. Math projects fit nicely at the end of a unit. And if you are teaching family math style, everyone will reach that point together. Even if you are not having your daily lessons together, you can still take advantage of the many benefits of working together on family math projects. This is a guest post from Danielle at Keep Reading...

## 3 Types of Math Errors and How to Prevent Them

When you are learning a new skill, do you do it perfectly the very first time? Do you know all the answers before you even begin? Of course not! The same is true of math. Learning math requires practice, and making mistakes is part of the process. But as I've shared before, making mistakes in math is a good thing, and can help kids learn and understand more deeply. Today I want to dive a little deeper, because all mistakes are not equal. There Keep Reading...

## Which Number Doesn’t Belong? Math Challenge

I love providing my kids with unique math challenges. Sometimes this means logic puzzles, sometimes mental math challenges, and sometimes it means applying math to their current interests. I want to encourage a love for the beauty of math, as well as challenge them to think deeply about what they're learning. I also want to help them see that mistakes are a necessary part of math learning. But I also want to show them that math is not always as Keep Reading...

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