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What were you and your child doing when the light bulb finally flashed on? How did she react? Has it made a lasting difference for her and you?

We will do the drawing at the beginning of each month for posts in the prior month, and announce the winners on our Facebook wall and in the Co-op newsletter. Your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool math teachers! (Need help?)


Trickomatics has not fulfilled my purchase. I am out 50 bucks and have not been able to get any reply from the company. Please be wary about purchasing their product. I see this second time around they are not just mailing the product directly but supplying some kind of fullfillment code through the coop. Perhaps someone one messed up in their mailing department and they are getting a few other people who haven't had their order fulfilled and decided to handle things differently. Maybe some of you can "like" me and give me a chance to win 50 bucks from Amazon to at least get my money back. ;-)

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cmac: Trickomatics called me personally to let me know that they will be fulfilling their order.
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I love our homeschool experience, but have always dreaded and quite frankly hated teaching math. I've never had a "head for math". In March I decided to give TenMarks a try for both my 4th and 10th grade homeschoolers. I am delighted with the decision! TenMarks has been one of the best decisions I've made curriculum wise in all the years we've been homeschooling and I will definitely stay with them. The tutor aspect helps tremendously, and I love the way it grades and sends assignments. This takes a huge load off of me, and the kids know exactly what they need to do daily. Thanks TenMarks!

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I would call myself a math-a-phobe and had difficulty in finding what would help my daughter really "get" math (when I don't). Avoiding textbooks like the plague (as I remember them to be) we tried some really wonderful curricula: Singapore, Math on the Level, and Teaching Textbooks. Some were great for me, not so much for her. Teaching Textbooks was working but a bit expensive, and didn't really help to remediate some foundational skills that were a bit shaky. We discovered the "Life of Fred" series by Dr. Stan Schmidt. What a gem! Through these entertaining stories, she understands the purpose of the math and can apply it in real life. It motivated her to go back on her own and brush up on some basic skills that she shunned for so long - because she is so determined to move on to the next book. Not only does she laugh out loud while solving problems, she now considers math her favorite subject - and a hobby. She has also been know to choose "Fred Math" for her bedtime reading. It has taught both of us how math works in daily life and that the understanding of other disciplines depend on a true understanding of mathematics (how clever to use Biology and Economics to teach pre-algebra to sixth and seventh graders). Giving this math a try? Hands-down best $19 ever spent on homeschooling!

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I am a big believer in keeping math real and applicable to my kids' daily lives. I have a jar that has been accumulating spare change for years, and my first-grade son always wants to get his hands in it. Just a few weeks ago, I let him have a week free from worksheet math to count the change. Using an abacus and a sheet of paper, he added up all $200+ of that money! He never got tired of it, even though he worked for hours a day. He now has a great understanding of the value of those coins and how many make a dollar, ten dollars, one hundred dollars.

By the way, teaching him to use an abacus has been one of the best things we have done all year. Not only does he have an inherent understanding of digit placement (ones, tens, hundreds), but the manipulation of groups has really solidified his ability to make 10 in his head. I hope that helps someone who might be just starting out with foundational math!

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With our oldest, the love of math did not develop despite our best efforts with different manipulatives, curricula, games, or activities. However, while in the 9th grade, he started working at a local horse farm as a volunteer. One day, he came home, explaining to me how he had calculated the volume of the hay barn based on his calculations of the size of hay bales and how many bales he's stacked that day. As time went on, he was also talking about area of arenas, circumference, diameter, and radius of the round pen based on the length of his lead rope... all other things he could find to do mental math while he trained his project horse. I sat in amazement as my previously math hating son suddenly could apply years of struggles when it was something he was interested in!

Now, that same son encourages his younger siblings to learn their math lessons, to "show their work" and not to be stubborn about it...and to figure out mental games to things they interested in to "apply their mathematical knowledge." It makes me laugh with JOY to hear how a horse could change even a boy's math perspective.

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BreadbakingMama: BTW...this same son also need vision therapy...a barrier to his learning. Vision therapy happened just before or as he started at the farm.
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BreadbakingMama: Write something...He doing college level Algebra 2 and preparing to take a college level Calculus class, as well as take CLEP exams for college credit.
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My daughter struggled for years with math due to dyslexia. She caught up with basic math skills by middle school but was having difficulty with pre-algebra. She got extra help at school and tutoring but still was having a difficult time grasping the concepts. She failed 8th grade math and was told she must attend summer school. Frustrated and know summer school would not help, we decided homeschool was the best option. I remember spending days researching a math program online...suddenly there it was...a youtube video of this retired math teacher and a program he had developed. I watched the video and couldn't believe what I was seeing. I ask my daughter to come watch and ask do you understand what he is saying to do in this problem. She said, 'Yes". I got his info and called him on the phone. He explained to me his passion for helping homeschooled kids with algebra and getting them prepared for college. I ordered the program. When it came in I watched the first series of DVD's in amazement...why because I was getting a refresher course in algebra! I understood completely after 20 yrs of not practicing these skills. My daughter started the program and by the 3rd lesson she laid her head on the table and cried. I ask...what is wrong. She replied...this is what my teacher was trying to show me? She never explained it like this! I can't believe that I finally get it and all the time wasted because my teacher didn't explain this so I could understand. She lay her head back down and sobbed. That was 2 years ago. She has made straight A's and never failed one of the test on the program. She usually scored 100. If she scores a 98 it is only due to a common error in math..not carrying a number or something. She watches the 15 minute video and done with work in 30 minutes. The program is from Keyboard Enterprises by Leonard Firebaugh. I encourage anyone to look him up on youtube. He is repetitious and sometimes seems annoying but trust me it works! My daughter will be well prepared for college math.

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When mine where younger, we learned to count by crashing cars into walls or building up towers of blocks and then knocking them down, yes, even the girls! As they got older we played any kind of game involving math to include card games and math keys. Now as the older ones are into their teens years, we rely on flash cards and quizzing one another. They have fallen in love with Teaching Textbooks and love learning hands on. I still to this day tell homeschool mommies of little ones the excitement of crashing cars for school time and making your own math keys. Even down to my 9 year old, they all have known their multiplication tables by the time they were7 turning 8 and division by the time they were 9. Addition and subtraction were known probably before they were 4. There are so many fun ways to teach math and learn those needed skills, but these have been my favorite memories of knowing that they learned it and still remember it!

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My kids learn so much better with music. So when it was time to learn their multiplication tables we worked on creating songs out of their multiplication tables answers. We set 3 times table to "Happy birthday", 4 times table to "Yankee Doodle", 6x table to"Row row row your boat" , 7 times table to" Mary Had a little lamb"and 8x table to Jingle bells. We used the finger short cuts to remember the 9x table.

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My daughter just couldn't seem to memorize her multiplication tables. I began selling Usborne Books, and we tried their '10 Days to Multiplication Mastery' program using Wrap-Ups. It worked like magic!! She was really motivated to beat her time seeing how fast she could use the wraps. It was truly amazing!

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This is our first year of homeschooling with our first grader. We've mentioned simple multiplication problems in passing, like 2 groups of 3 is 6, but didn't make a big deal out of it. He blew me away though, when he told me that there were 400 of something. I asked him how he knew that and he said that it was 20 groups of 20!

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The common question as kids get older is "When will I ever use this?" We value the importance of math in our household and our homeschool and appreciate that we use it every day. As a mom and a homemaker, I use math nearly every day. Budgeting our finances, saving for fun time, grocery shopping, planning meal portions, remodeling the bathroom, buying a major appliance that fits in the allotted space all involve math. To reinforce the importance and usefulness of math, we take our time and use all the tools available to reinforce what the kids are learning.

When my oldest daughter was first learning how to carry, or re-group as it is called now , she struggled with the concept. We used typical manipulatives like blocks and rods, cookies, beans, crayons, chicken scratch nothing was helping her grasp this concept. She was the appropriate age to be learning this concept if she were in our local school system, but I realized that I don t have to force her to go through the motions of doing something if she really wasn t ready. We homeschool, so we can take the time to do this so she understands. With that thought, I stopped. I backed off completely from teaching her how to carry. We moved on to something else entirely. About two weeks later, we went back to it.

The seeds had already been planted and the idea was there. She had time to be thinking about carrying without any pressure to understand it. When we went back to it, she grasped the concept easily and was able to apply the techniques to do her work. She understood how to do it and why, but she had needed that time to think about it and process it without fear of mistake, or failure through her eyes as a perfectionist.

Had she been in a school system , she would not have been able to take her time learning this concept or any other. There is a timeline to follow and if you don t keep up, you miss that concept entirely. I cannot imagine her missing that crucial foundation of math and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to take our time come back to it when she was more ready. That's what worked the best for us.

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My kids LOVE food math! Whether it's sorting colors of candy, counting candy, fractions with pizza or patterns with cereal it's always a fun learning time! Once we even dug for chocolate chips in cookies to see how many were in each one and then compared the amounts.

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Both my kids (7 and 5) love to illustrate their math problems. Allowing them the time to be creative seems to benefit them not only with the basic math facts, but helps build their motor skills, creativity and confidence. When my son was 6, he drew a simple addition problem with animals. When I could only count up to one less than the correct answer, I questioned him. He pointed to a tree he drew with a hole in it and said "The squirrel's in the hole, Mom!"

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My children are ages 12 and 16. In the past we have used flash cards to study math concepts. We have since discovered a site on the internet called mathquiz.com. It has been a tremendous blessing as well as much more fun! It only takes a few minutes to practice each day. There are many different math concepts to choose from at varying levels of difficulty.

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Pom poms for addition and subtraction. My 5 year old likes to use them inside two bowls with +/- signs between. Helps my kinesthetic learner to be more immersed in his math :)

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My daughter has always struggled with her confidence in Math. It has been so sad watching her trudging along in math feeling like a failure. After two years of building her up through being positive and lots of prayers, she has come to realize that even though Math may not be her favorite subject, she CAN do all things through Christ....even multiplication. Math-U-See has been a blessing.

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My girls are only three and 4 so we've been having A LOT of fun with the fundamentals of math/concept groundwork. between dry beans and old egg cartons we've have hours of fun. I usually pour dry beans into a bowl (red and black ones) and have the 3 year old sort them out into equal groups in an empty egg carton. Or make patterns, or put them in order (1 in the first cup, 2 in the second, 3 in the thirs and so one.)

With my 4 year old and I have been doing fractions together. We make playdough circles that she gets to cut in half, fourths, 8ths etc. Pancake breakfasts become fraction time too!

Subtraction and snack time go hand in hand as well. (you have ten cheerios, if you eat 4, how many are left?)

I want them to see the practicality of math and feel the satisfaction of mastering a concept that opens opportunities for them. We're lovin' it!

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When we pulled our daughter out of public schools at the end of fourth grade, she wasn't able to recite ANY of her multiplication tables! I was appalled, so we promptly began working with a set of homemade flashcards that I created. Every time she got a fact right, it got a hole-punch on the edge of the card. When she accrued 10 hole-punches in a row then we retired the card. It worked! She is doing great in math now and we're looking forward to tackling Algebra next year!

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We were making change this morning to pay allowances. My six year old gave the answer!

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Brett: You were first! We'll be sending you a $15 Amazon Gift Card through Amazon momentarily. Thanks for breaking the ice, and good luck with your daughter -- it appears she has a promising career ahead of her as a banker!
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