Showing posts from November, 2014

Printable Thanksgiving activities

If you're preparing for Thanksgiving, check out my daughter Abby's web page for some FREE printable Thanksgiving activities for children, including color-by-numbers, copy-the-pictures, find the correct path worksheets, and regular coloring pages.

Besides freebies, my girls have also put together a book that contains many more Thanksgiving-themed activities:

This book costs $3.95 at Currclick. But, the first link goes to free activities.

Man who had half of his brain removed

I received this story in an email and thought it was very encouraging and heart-warming! True story. I asked Scott for his permission to post it online.

In the beginning he is referencing this article of mine (I sent it to my list last year):

Enjoy... and SHARE. :)

Hello Maria,

I am just NOW ... today reading this email from about one year ago. I know terrible, but late than never, right.
Anyway, I wanted to write you and tell you that like Cameron, I had more than half of my brain removed in 1978. I had brain surgery for an AVM, arterial venus malformation. I had three surgeries total and nearly died. The doctors told my parents that if I lived I would be a vegetable. However, I defied them. I made it to the cover of the Children's Hospital of Sand Diego's December/January 1978/1979​ magazine. They called me the "Miracle Boy".

Anyhow, I just thought I'd share.

I have two master's degrees. I am…

Will there be Math Mammoth Algebra 1?

I've had several people ask me if I'm planning to write algebra 1, algebra 2 and other high school math courses.

The answer is no. I'm planning to stop at pre-algebra. The main reason is, I've seen some fantastic high school math books other people have written -- people with lots of teaching experience etc. -- and I feel I could not surpass what those people have done. Especially when I don't have lots of experience teaching high school math to students.

You see, with elementary math, there exist numerous homeschool math curricula. I've seen most of them and I can tell many of them  are not written by someone who has a good background in math. To write a math text, it really helps to know what concepts the students encounter later on. But beyond that, math is strange in the fact that many of the FOUNDATIONS of math are only taught at university level. For example, the axiomatic foundation of real numbers; logic and the different proof techniques; the whole idea …

Math Mammoth Thanksgiving sale

My traditional Thanksgiving sale has started: you can get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs at Kagi.

Use the coupon code THANKSGIVING.

The sale starts TODAY and runs till Monday, December 1, 2014.

You can go to first, then find the links to Kagi's order pages there.

Or, if you know what you want to get, you can use these direct links:
Light Blue series (complete curriculum)Blue seriesGolden and Green SeriesMake It Real Learning activity workbooksBundles (CDs or downloads)Review workbooksLight Blue Series, South African version

New pre-algebra topic books for Math Mammoth Blue Series

Three new books in the Blue Series! These books deal with some pre-algebra level topics.

Check out their free samples!

Math Mammoth Expressions & Equations

This is a worktext covering the order of operations, equations, expressions, and simplifying expressions in several different ways in 6th-7th grade level.

The main principles are explained and practiced both with visual models and in abstract form, and the lessons contain varying practice problems that approach the concepts from various angles. We also touch on inequalities and graphing on a very introductory level. In order to make the learning of these concepts easier, the expressions and equations in this book do not involve negative numbers (as they typically do when studied in pre-algebra and algebra).

Sample pages (PDF)
Writing and simplifying expressions 2: area
The distributive property
More equations

Math Mammoth Rational Numbers

In Math Mammoth Rational Numbers we study rational numbers, which are…

Group buy for Math Mammoth bundles - only TODAY!

Homeschool Buyers Co-op is running a GROUP BUY for large Math Mammoth bundles at 40% discount – but just for today, November 3, 2014.

So hurry! It's only for ONE day!

Mathemagic with Arthur Benjamin (video)

This is a pretty amazing performance of "mathemagic" – calculating things in one's head by Arthur Benjamin. He not only can calculate but also ENTERTAIN, so this video is sure to captivate you! I enjoyed it a lot, and my children watched it multiple times in a row. :)

I also posted the video on my website with some more commentary:

Mental math "mathemagic" with Arthur Benjamin