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 Keep Reading...

## 6 Reasons Learning Roman Numerals Will Benefit Your Child

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, I've been thinking a lot about roman numerals. Yes, of course I'm also thinking about football, but as a math geek and homeschool mom, it made me wonder-"Should I bother teaching my kids roman numerals?" Is this something kids need to know? And if it's not something that they need to know in everyday life, is there any benefit to teaching them? Well I've come to the conclusion that kids should learn roman Keep Reading...

## Making Math Relevant: Learning Math Through Jewelry Making

If you can engage students in the math that they're learning, they are more likely to learn it and retain it. Finding a way to actually engage them, however, can sometimes prove difficult, especially if they already have a distaste for math or have decided they are not a "math person." There are many ways to try and engage reluctant math learners, but one way that is effective as well as practical is to make math relevant. Use the topics, hobbies Keep Reading...

## Top Math Resources of 2015!

In case you were unaware, I launched this site in March of 2015. I've had so much fun, learned so much and made some amazing friends over the course of the last ten months! As I looked back on the year and thought about what I want to create and share in 2016, I decided to see what the most popular articles and math resources have been so far. Discovering my top math resources of 2015 has helped me come up with a plan for even more and 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 Keep Reading...

## Simple Trick to End the Frustration With Subtraction Regrouping

One math concept that often stumps students is subtracting with borrowing (or regrouping-whatever you'd like to call it). There are lots of concrete and hands-on ways to teach this concept so that it makes sense to kids, rather than expecting them to memorize a procedure. In the past, I have used base ten blocks or dimes and pennies as a model, which worked well, and I highly recommend teaching this in a conceptual way when introducing it to 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. Keep Reading...

## Increase “Math Talk” with Your Kids {It’s Not as Scary as it Sounds!}

If you have children, you likely spent much of their early years talking to them and reading to them. Encouraging language development comes so naturally to the new mom. We repeat words, point out words and pictures, try to get our kids to repeat words, etc. I (and possibly many of you) even taught my kids some basic sign language so that they could communicate before they were able to verbalize their needs. We seem to know, without question, Keep Reading...

## Number Sentence Roll and Write {FREE!}

After spending a considerable amount of time on addition and number bonds, we're moving on to subtraction. The transition has been incredibly smooth, and I believe that is due in large part to our focus on number bonds and understanding the part-part-whole model. So rather than jumping into subtraction as a completely new concept (disconnected from anything we've previously done), we're simply rearranging our number bonds. While we started with Keep Reading...

## Dear Mom Who Hates Math…

I know how you must feel when it’s time to pull out the math books and dig in with your kids. What a struggle it must be to not only help them with their work, but to also encourage them to work hard and do their best when really, it’s something you hate. Maybe it seems pointless to you. Maybe you don’t understand the way it’s being taught. Maybe it’s even harder for you to feel motivated to get it done than it is for your kids. As moms, we Keep Reading...

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