Recently, I was working on multiplying and dividing by 2 with one of my kids. A constant refrain was, "What does multiply mean?" or "But remember, what does that division sign represent?" As they started to grapple with these concepts and play with manipulatives and pictures and equations, I tried to make sure we always came back to the why. But why are you counting by 2's to get the answer? And why are we splitting our set into groups of 2? Keep Reading...

## How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? Fall Estimation Fun!

Estimation is a tricky concept, and one that is often not covered at great length in school. And while I love teaching through the use of math story books, there are not a lot of resources that I've found that cover estimation. I do love, however, the book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin, by Margaret McNamara. In this story, kids explore estimation as well as counting techniques, so I decided this was the perfect excuse for not only some pumpkin seed Keep Reading...

## How to Introduce and Teach Unit Rate: Practical Tips

So, your child is stuck on their homework. They have to find "unit rate." And you're looking at their homework paper and thinking, "What is unit rate?" Or at least, that's what my husband said when he asked what I was writing about. "Unit rate, huh. What's that?" I was a little surprised that my math savvy husband didn't know about this crucial math skill he probably uses nearly every day. Once I told him what it was he said, "Oh. I use Keep Reading...

## What’s For Lunch? An Engaging, Real Life Math Lesson {FREE}

"Why are we learning this?" Have you ever heard this from your students? If you teach math, I'd be surprised if you haven't. It can be challenging to create a math lesson that students can see the relevance in and that uses/teaches skills they need to know. But it is possible. In fact, I created one just for Math Geek Mama Readers. Help kids learn and understand math in a real world context with this add and subtract decimals 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...

## Silver Dollar Diner: FREE Money Math Pack

One of the last things I did with my kids before we officially began our summer break was review money. This was my son's first exposure, so I taught him each of the coins and their denomination, and began to teach him how to add coins (using some of the books in this post and play money). For my daughter, this meant putting her knowledge of money values to work. To help her practice finding the total, and work through real life examples, I 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...

## “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt!” Fall Exploration Activity

I can't believe it is already October! It seems like Fall came in with a bang this year, and we were suddenly facing cooler temps and beautiful Fall foliage. But I'm ok with that! The kids and I are having so much fun getting outside and exploring now that it's not so hot (when it's not pouring down rain, that is)! :) I recently came across the book, We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger and knew right away we would have to go explore Keep Reading...

## FREE Pigs Will Be Pigs Money Lessons!

There may not be any math topic that is more relevant to our everyday life than that of money. It's essential that we teach our kids to add and subtract money, to use it wisely and understand how to handle their money! The book Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod is an excellent introduction to money for kids and helps them understand not only how to add money, but also to realize that it is finite. These Pigs will Be Pigs money lessons are intended Keep Reading...