July 08, 2015

Math video for kids: Adding three numbers

Let your little ones have fun learning how to add three numbers with this new video of mine, which also features Mathy the Mammoth as my mascot. :)



The video is intended for first grade.

June 25, 2015

Math Mammoth Grade 7 (pre-algebra)

cover for Math Mammoth Grade 7-B Complete Worktext

Math Mammoth Grade 7 and 7-B are available now - as downloads! Printed books and a CD version will follow soon.

 Check www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_7.php for description and samples.

June 16, 2015

Homeschooling - history and state today

Here's an interesting infographic about homeschooling - its history and its state today. Click to enlarge. :)

June 11, 2015

Homeschooling With Greater Joy and Peace

This is a guest post by Alecia Baptiste.

Some days homeschooling our children can be amazing.  We wake up in the morning feeling rested, excited about facing the challenges of the new day and eager to explore with our children.  On those days our children are excited about learning and cooperative.  And don't you love it when your children have those “Aha” moments?  When they finally get that math concept or they make some connection between facts or after months of struggling to read, you see them lying contently in bed reading a book. On those day we think to ourselves, “This is why I homeschool.” You feel utter bliss.




Other days, it can be a struggle.  Those are the days the kids wake up whining and complaining.  It takes them F-O-R-E-V-E-R to complete the smallest task.  Someone is in tears because of their school work (maybe it's you). One child who should be able to work independently can't seem to understand any of her work today, but your little one needs you to sit beside him or he won't sit still.  And on top of all of that, you have a plumbing emergency.  On those days, we think to ourselves,”Why am I putting myself through this?”  The idea of sending the kids to school sounds like paradise.

Obviously, these are two extremes.  Most of our days are a mixture of the two. 

I want to share with you some simple daily habits that can help you remain full of peace and joy on even the most challenging days.  We don't have to allow the external circumstances of life to determine our state of joy and peace.  We can't control most of the circumstances of life, including our children's attitudes, cut we can control our response to life.

As I tell my children, you choose your attitude.

  1. Practice gratitude.

    For some of us, it really takes practice to be a person of gratitude.  Personally, I naturally focus on my failures and lack.  I do the same to my children.  This focus on the negative, or lack actually affects the way we feel.  It makes us feel like we are never good enough.  It can lead to anxiety, fear, depression and a host of other unwanted emotions. All of these negative emotions zap us of our energy, creativity and peace.  It could be the reason you're feeling so exhausted.

    The prescription for this is to start practicing being thankful.  I recommend starting every morning and ending each day with writing down 5 things you're thankful for.  This would be a great way to put your children to bed each night.  Ask them to tell you 5 things they are thankful for, then you tell them 5 things you're thankful for.  Challenge yourselves not to say the same five things each night.  I've found that adding this habit to my day has made me more thankful throughout the day.  When I'm thankful, I feel more joyful. When I'm more joyful, I feel energized, and excited about life.  I'm actually more productive when I'm thankful.
     
  2. Let rest be a part of the natural rhythm of your home.

    In this culture where productivity and efficiency are valued, we have forgotten the importance of rest.  It would seem like with all of the gadgets that we have to make life easier, there would be more time to rest, when in fact it seems we haven’t gained any time.  We just fill up our time with more activities.  People expect even more out of us.  We expect more out of ourselves.

    So in this busy culture we must plan to rest.  Each day plan to rest.  Take a walk. Take a bubble bath. Have an extra long bathroom break as you read a book you enjoy. ;-) Take a nap. Stretch.

    Rest is not luxury.  It's a necessity. 

    Even a 15 minute walk can be the rejuvenation you need to help you deal with a challenging circumstance more positively.  I also suggest planning larger chunks of rest each week, one day of rest each month, and several days a year when you and your partner get away from the kids for a personal “retreat”.  For some of you, rest will be a game changer for your life.
     
  3. Be intentional about your thoughts.

    This goes hand in hand with gratitude.  This is all about deciding in advance what you choose to think about, rather than allowing negative, critical and even false ideas to have free range in your mind.  We all do it.  So here are some ideas of how to keep your mind focused on the good, the beautiful and the true. 

    Use daily affirmations.  Read or recite truths daily—as many times as needed.  Personally, I read and meditate on the truths in the Bible. 

    Choose a word of the day (or week) to focus on.  Post it on your refrigerator or some place that you will see often throughout the day.  Recently, I focused on the words “reach out” to remind me that I needed to focus on reaching out to others. 

    Post inspirational quotes all throughout your home.  Stop to read them throughout the day.

  4. Prepare yourself for the day. 

    The most important thing you can do for your morning routine is to get up 15- 30 minutes before your children for quiet reflection.  This time can be spent praying, reading, meditating, or taking a refreshing walk.  This is the time that you need prepare for the work of the day.  You may even want to spend a few minutes looking over the day's calendar, to see what you can expect for the day.

    You need this time.  Resist the urge to check e-mail or get work done.  (Lately I haven't been taking my own advice on this one.)

    Resist the desire to be perfect.  Many of us have been fed a BIG LIE: Practice makes perfect.  It's simply not true.   I know some of you need to read this, because that's the standard you've unconsciously given yourself and your children.  When we make our standard perfection, it can keep us from doing work that needs to be done.  It can keep us from serving others who need our gifts.  It can keep us from growing. It can leave us feeling like we're not accomplishing much. Perfectionism can also cause our children to resist doing work—because they don't want to fail again.   Focus on progress and effort, rather than the results.  Celebrate every small bit of progress and effort.  You deserve it!

Which of these habits are you going to try?  Let me know how it works for you.



For more habits and routines that can transform your homeschool, go to:

http://aleciabaptiste.com/habits-and-routines-that-can-transform-your-homeschool/


Alecia Baptiste is the wife of the most patient and gracious man on earth, and a mom of four children who have revealed much about her imperfections and her own need of Divine intervention.  Her mission is to release moms of the burdens fear, guilt, unforgiveness and perfectionism, leaving them free to focus on what's most important to them, and allowing them to give their children what only they can give them. She does this through one-on-one life coaching, group mentoring programs and live speaking events.

Connect with her at: www.aleciabaptiste.com or www.facebook.com/AleciaBaptistelifecoach

June 04, 2015

Math Mammoth printed versions in color


Did you know? Math Mammoth grades 1-3 printed books are now available as color versions through Rainbow Resource.

Currently you need to access them via their search function: search for "math mammoth color". Hopefully they'll get their own category page soon.

The best math card game ever


It's summertime, in my heart!!!!!!!

And here's a GREAT math game to play in summertime - or any time, really:

The game that is worth 1000 worksheets
 

This game adapts itself to a GREAT variety of math topics: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, many operations, integers... Have fun!

May 30, 2015

Math Mammoth sale - only three more days!

The sale is ending soon!



You can get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs sold at Kagi. Use the coupon code MAY2015 in the order process at Kagi.

The offer is valid till June 1, 2015 - only three more days!

You will find links to Kagi's order pages at MathMammoth.com on the various product pages.

Or, if you are ready to order, you can use these direct links to the order pages:

May 15, 2015

Math Mammoth sale - May 2015



Get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs sold at Kagi!

Use the coupon code MAY2015 in the order process at Kagi.

The offer is valid till June 1, 2015.

You will find links to Kagi's order pages at MathMammoth.com on the various product pages.

Or, if you are ready to order, you can use these direct links to the order pages:

Remember also, I am always ready to help you find the best book/product for your situation. For many people, a good starting point is to administer the assessment test(s). I will evaluate the results for free! 

April 24, 2015

Math Stars - for summer math and more

I have used Math Stars problem solving sets with my girls for several years, and they have always greatly enjoyed them.

Math Stars include various puzzles and challenging math problems. They  come as PDF files (free and ready to download & use) in sets for grades 1-8. They're great to use for summer math  or for some fun problem solving at any time.



I tend to use the problems from one grade level below the grade the student is in.

One reason I like these so much is the variety of the problems - geometrical puzzles, number puzzles, logical thinking, etc. --  all of it is included!

Another reason is that the sets go all the way from grade 1 upward. There exist actually lots of problem solving resources but not so many for the early grades.

Each set per grade has 10 two-page "newsletters", and each "newsletter" has 8-10 problems. The number of stars in each problem marks the level of difficulty. Answers are included.

Math Stars Problem Solving Newsletters

I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!



April 14, 2015

Lessons on statistics


Is statistics one of your favorite or least favorite topics in math? :)

Well... however you feel about it, in middle school students need to learn some beginnings of statistics, such as how to draw a boxplot, a histogram, or a stem-and-leaf plot, learn about statistical distributions, measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode), measures of variability, and so on.

You can now do so with these videos of mine  :^)
 
or with this Youtube playlist.

I hope they are of help!

April 01, 2015

An update on grade MM 7-B

Some have asked about grade 7-B (once again...)

I'm currently writing lessons for the last chapter (statistics & probability) AND writing the answer key for the second to last chapter (on the Pythagorean Theorem). And two people are proofreading the geometry chapter (in different sections). So it's coming along just fine. ;^) I'm hoping to have it ready in late May or early June.

Here's an example of what I was working on just this morning - a problem for a lesson where students compare two sets of data. I made up the data, but it is based on real data from the official government site for fuel efficiency (www.fueleconomy.gov).

I hope you enjoy this little "glimpse" into my work. :)

4. A double-bar graph is also sometimes used to show differences
and similarities of two data sets. The graph below shows the
fuel efficiency in miles per gallon (MPG) for a group of small
and standard sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

Study the graph carefully, and then describe the
differences and the similarities in the fuel efficiency
of the two types of cars.