It’s the subject that inspires a special feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. I’d always viewed math as my ‘worst subject,’ until I found myself teaching it to a classroom of fourth graders. The rigidity and utter boredom I associated with math as a kid slowly gave way to possibilities for creativity and problem-solving puzzles. I began to see the interconnection among disciplines and enjoyed spotting ‘math’ in everyday life.
That’s how I want my kids to view math.
On this page you’ll find my posts that are related to math. Keep scrolling to see our favorite books and other resources for learning. Add a comment with your favorites and we’ll keep the list growing.
As part of a broader unit learning about money, we spent some time appreciating the artwork and design that goes into producing currency. The kids were all quite interested in looking at bills and coins from different countries. We looked at a few books, websites, and...read more
Building a strong foundation in math is one of my highest priorities in the early years of homeschooling. Math was never my strongest subject and I don't want my kids to feel the same way. A few months back I ordered Beast Academy books and we have really enjoyed...read more
We made our own mini books and it turned out to be a great craft for both early literacy and math measurement skills, not to mention they are fun for play! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that we recently got into dolls and making stuff for them....read more
We visited the LEGO Nature Connects special exhibit at the Houston Zoo last week and it was a most exciting and informational surprise! Our primary reason for visiting the zoo was to trade something at the Swap Shop (more on that later) but as we approached the...read more
Sometimes concepts are best illustrated with a project. We made a LEGO Zoo while learning about area and perimeter and it was a perfect fit. This is just one of many math-related uses of LEGO bricks. It a great manipulative for both addition and multiplication. We...read more
Magnatile Geometry We have successfully used Magnatiles to explore 2D and 3D geometric shapes. Of course, kids are learning about all of these concepts through imaginative play with Magnatiles, but I thought we would use it as an opportunity to give names to some...read more
Math Books We Love
About a year ago I discovered the genre of math story books. There are a lot that do an excellent job of explaining math concepts in a creative way. Math has really branched out! Some of these are part of a series like Math is Categorical. There are also some beautiful reference books that would last a student through years of study.
Know of a book that we would love? Drop a comment below.