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.
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
You know those grow animals that you put in water and watch them expand? They actually have some great uses other than becoming a bloated version of a squishy animal. Today I've got a quick little post about using grow animals for teaching measurement and graphing....read more
A beautiful book caught my eye at the library the other day and about a million ideas popped into my head for how we could do some fun learning. I got the vibrant, extra large-format, How Many Jellybeans? by Andrea Menotti and picked up a bag of jellybeans at the...read more
There are an infinite number of ways for you to be teaching math at home. But my favorites include ideas that you really don't have to put much effort into at all! These ideas require minimal to zero setup from you and will make math an important part of your child's...read more
Today I have a fun little activity using the beauty of snowflake symmetry to teach this important mathematical concept. Here's what I used: One sheet of white paper Four 6.5 x 4.5" cardstock sheets, the same color blue (You could obviously use any background. I just...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.