Making Math Easier

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making math easierMaking Math Easier with Dr. Jan Bedell  Podcast #18

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As homeschoolers we tend to teach the way we were taught or at the very least we are influenced by how we experienced school ourselves.  In this episode, Jan Bedell, the Little Giant Steps Brain Coach, challenges the standard way of doing a few problems to teach a “math lesson” and then sending the student off to “do it on their own”.

Myth Debunked

Then we grade the papers the child finished and then what?  Do we do more instruction?  Typically not, we just send the paper back with the child and tell them to correct it.  No wonder so many children HATE math.  The myth: If we help the student or do some of the student’s problems for them, it makes us somehow guilty of cheating.   That myth is debunked in this episode.

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Magic Cards

Also, what about those magic cards we hold up when “working” on facts?  In this podcast, the lunacy of that frustrating exercise is uncovered and an effective approach to learning math facts quickly and painlessly is introduced.  Just how much faster would math assignments go if math facts were instantly recalled?  How much time is wasted correcting problems where there was a math fact error?  How much better would the child’s attitude be if math assignments were more quickly done so there was time to spend on other interest areas?  What about dysgraphia? Yes, with the techniques and resources introduced here, those symptoms are reduced or go away. Find how to make math easier in this 25 minute podcast.

 

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Struggling with Teaching Math

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Struggling with Math | Does your child struggle with math? How do you engage your children in a way that will not only keep their attention but allow for real learning to take place? My special guests are Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #StrugglingwithMath #Sarah-Anne #FernandesandTrevorDixonStruggling with Math ~ Episode 519

Does your child struggle with math? How do you engage your children in a way that will not only keep their attention but allow for real learning to take place? My special guests are Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon. Sarah-Anne is a leading UK Primary Maths Consultant who has worked with several schools across the UK to improve maths teaching and learning. Trevor Dixon is a Maths Assessment expert and has been part of the UK’s national assessment marking process for pupils aged 10 and 11 for a number of years. Special discount code provided.

The topics we covered:

1. Why is teaching math so difficult for parents?
2. How can you engage your child to have an interest in math?

Struggling Teaching Math – Try this:

1. Spiral curriculum approach with spaced repetition.
2. The ability for the student to review with spaced intervals so the learning is retained and fully mastered. This increases maths confidence develops students’ ability to tackle a wide range of problems, and ultimately boosts students’ grades.

SMASH Math (www.smashmaths.org) offers online math Practices for children aged 5-11.

The company was founded in 2020 by Sarah-Anne Fernandes and Trevor Dixon. Both Sarah-Anne and Trevor are qualified teachers in the UK with a specialism in Primary Mathematics. In the interview, I learned that both Sarah-Anne and Trevor are math specialists (or “maths,” as they say in the UK!) Sarah-Anne is a leading UK Primary Maths Consultant who has worked with schools across the UK to improve maths teaching and learning.
Trevor Dixon is a Maths Assessment expert who has been part of the UK’s national assessment marking process for pupils aged 10 and 11 for several years. Together, Sarah-Anne and Trevor have written a range of pupil study books, revision guides, and maths practice tests for a number of educational publishers. Which makes SMASH Maths

SMASH Maths provides 2 online math Practices every week for children.

Each Practice contains at least 10 bespoke questions, so that means 20+ questions a week. The program is available for pupils in Kindergarten to Grade 6. The cost is $7.50 per month.
Use CODE: FELICE to receive your discount. Visit SMASHMATHS.org/homeschooling 

SMASH Maths provides:

  1. A set weekly Spiral Curriculum means that there is no need for parents to choose topics every week. We do all this for you, making sure children regularly cover the whole breadth of the maths curriculum every week.
  2. When the Practices are completed, a PDF report is automatically emailed to the parent. Parents also have an Analytics tool to monitor the progress of their child compared to their cohort.
  3. All of our questions have expert video feedback which explains exactly how to answer the question for maximum marks. It’s like having a teacher right beside you!
SMASH Maths is an award-winning product, winning a Highly Commended recognition from Teach Primary (https://www.teachwire.net/news/teach-awards/#primary)

Duolingo Math

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DuoLingo Math

259: Duolingo Math

DuoLingo has added Math to its popular language-learning app.

In this episode, learn what this app has to offer for your children – and you!

  • Currently only available on iPhone app (coming soon to Android & browsers)
  • Two levels so far: Beginner and Intermediate
  • Can skip Beginner and go straight to Intermediate
  • Covers topics like estimating, rounding, basic geometry, telling time, order of operations
  • Includes multiple choice and fill-in problems
  • Adaptive and keeps material fresh daily
  • Good math supplement for homeschoolers
  • Helps develop mental math skills quickly for tests like ACT/SAT
  • Keeps adult brains sharp too
  • Integrated with language learning side of Duolingo
  • Can help maintain streaks and earn rewards
  • Fun and game-ified to motivate kids
  • Easy to add as a short daily activity
  • Still free like regular Duolingo
  • Provides additional math practice in different format from core curriculum

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DuoLingo Math

Online games that promote thinking and build math skills

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Online games that promote math skills

245: Online games that promote thinking and build math skills

Dennis DiNoia from Mr.D Math is our guest and he shares some of his favorite games that promote thinking and build math skills.

Online games mentioned in this episode

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Online games that promote thinking and build math skills

Replay | Mistakes Teaching Math

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Mistakes Teaching Math | We all make mistakes teaching math but in this episode, we will learn that these can be overcome. Today's guest discusses the program Pat Murray created. | #podcast #CTCMath #homeschoolpodcast #teachingmathMistakes Teaching Math – Episode 369

We all make mistakes teaching math but in this episode, we will learn that these can be overcome. Today’s guest is CTCMath and spokesperson Nadim El-Rahi.

Thanks to our sponsor CTC Math.com

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Not being a great math student until I became a homeschool mom, I was interested in what CTCMath had to offer. My guest Nadim was a student of the founder. Pat Murray. Pat was Nadim’s high school math teacher. The two formed a bond and kept in touch. Years later, Nadim would work with CTCMath. Pat teaches the online courses, and there ‘is also a free trial that you can do. The trial gives the user a little bit about the different lessons, to test out the system before you buy, which is wonderful. That’s CTC math.com, but we’re going to talk about some of the most prominent mistakes teachers make when teaching math. And so you’re going to share that with us.

Mistakes Teaching Math:

Long Explanations

The biggest teaching mistake the long drawn out explanation. Sometimes as parents, homeschool parents, and teachers, we think that more information is better and it’s actually the opposite. Students can often get lost and confused in a long, drawn-out explanation. So if we can just keep the teaching to a short, concise explanation that’s best and most effective when, when it comes to teaching math, um, you can use your time. There may be twenty minutes of explanation and then ten minutes of practice problems. Well, that time is probably better spent doing five minutes of explanation and twenty-five minutes of practice problems. Complicated explanations that show too many diverse methods is also an issue. We think that if we equip the children with more information, it’s going to lead to, better grades and a better toolkit, but often students just need one method, the simplest method, the easiest method for them to understand now is that first method doesn’t work. You might want to try a second method, but the risks can sometimes be that we show the students too many diverse methods and that can often complicate them. And you see it in, in advancements in the curriculum and changes in curriculum and current eyes, uh, traditionally used to be just the traditional methods that were taught. So more and more you see these popping up.

Rote Learning Isn’t a Bad Idea

Another of the mistakes in teaching math is thinking rote learning is a bad idea. Students need only to use discovery learning and believe the hype around the need to discover things and conceptualize things on their own. I’m sure it has its place, at an age-appropriate time. But I always use the analogy of a Rubik’s cube. You can give a child a Rubik’s cube and tell them to solve it. They’re going to spend hours and hours and hours trying to work it out. And most of the time they will probably give it up. But you can show them a simple algorithm and a simple way to solve the root issue. Now, once they’ve done that and I’ve worked out how to do it using the simple pattern, you can see that confidence is lifted. They want to find a bigger Rubik’s Cube, and they want to go on and do more. And maybe that’s when you allow the discovery learning to take place. It is very important in the early grade levels, ensuring that students can instantly recall their math facts. It builds confidence and sets them up for later years too, to really enjoy math more. So this idea that discovery learning and children really need, to work it out on their own, I think is, is a big hype. That’s, beating a lot of confidence in children. But I think the important thing is to learn what your child likes. And then it’s almost like love languages, you know, working out your child’s love language will work out what component of math they enjoy and really pursuing it.

Math Can Be Fun!

Math is not enjoyable. I think the feedback that we get is confidence is that their confidence is down, that they no longer enjoy math is that it’s difficult. We, as parents and educators have to work on how are we going to get their confidence back up. How are we going to try to make math more enjoyable? And often it’s through the understanding of math. When I started to understand it you will see light bulbs and the aha moments begin to click and they want to do more and more of it, then we hear from countless parents that we can’t get them off the math anymore. So it’s really figuring out how to get their confidence up, how to get them really enjoying math again through understanding.

On a side note, the homeschooling movement in Australia is wonderful and growing. The homeschool community is building and growing. The creator of CTCMath, Pat Murray, homeschooled their children.

Embracing Math: Why Homeschoolers Shouldn’t Shy Away from Numbers

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Embracing Math | Homeschooling parents should embrace math

When it comes to homeschooling, parents have the unique opportunity to tailor their children’s education to their individual needs and interests, including the opportunity to embrace math.

While some subjects may come naturally and spark excitement, others can be met with resistance, and math often falls into the latter category for many homeschooling parents.

However, despite personal preferences or challenges, it is crucial for homeschoolers to embrace math and recognize its significance in their children’s educational journey.

In this blog post, we will explore why homeschoolers should not shy away from math, even if it isn’t their favorite subject.

1. Building Foundational Skills:

Mathematics provides a foundation for logical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical reasoning. These skills are not only essential for various academic disciplines but also for real-life situations. Embracing math from an early age enables homeschoolers to develop strong foundational skills that will benefit them throughout their lives, both academically and professionally.

2. Fostering Critical Thinking:

Mathematics is not merely about numbers and calculations; it is about developing critical thinking skills. Homeschoolers who engage with math learn to analyze problems, break them down into manageable steps, and think creatively to find solutions. These problem-solving skills are invaluable in every aspect of life, from managing finances to making informed decisions.

3. Enhancing Everyday Life:

Mathematics is deeply intertwined with our everyday lives, even if we don’t always notice it. From calculating expenses, understanding measurements, and interpreting statistics to making informed decisions about time management and resource allocation, math is a fundamental skill that helps us navigate the complexities of the modern world. By embracing math, homeschoolers will gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and be better equipped to make informed choices.

4. Preparing for Higher Education and Careers:

Math plays a significant role in numerous academic disciplines, including science, technology, engineering, and even fields such as business and economics. By embracing math, homeschoolers set themselves up for success in higher education and future careers. Having a solid mathematical foundation opens doors to various fields of study and increases opportunities for homeschoolers in a rapidly evolving job market.

5. Overcoming Challenges:

It is not uncommon for parents to feel less confident in teaching math compared to other subjects. However, it is crucial to recognize that struggling with a subject does not mean homeschoolers should avoid it altogether. Embracing math presents an opportunity for growth, both for the student and the parent. It encourages homeschooling parents to step outside their comfort zones, seek help when needed, and adopt creative teaching strategies that cater to their child’s learning style.

Embrace Math, Homeschool Mama

As homeschoolers, it is vital to provide our children with a well-rounded education that includes all core subjects, even if some of them are not our personal favorites. Embracing math is crucial for the holistic development of homeschoolers, as it builds foundational skills, fosters critical thinking, enhances everyday life, and prepares them for higher education and future careers. By overcoming personal challenges and embracing math, homeschooling parents empower their children to thrive academically and succeed in the ever-changing world. So, let’s encourage our homeschoolers to embrace math and embark on an exciting journey of discovery and growth.


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Geography Just Around the Corner

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #188, Geography Just Around the Corner, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Geography Just Around the Corner

In this short little podcast “Geography Just Around the Corner,” Episode, #188, Meredith Curtis shows you how to take a walk around your neighborhood to notice all the geography there – landforms, flora, fauna, climate, and more. Children will open their eyes to new things and geography will become simple to understand.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Whether you are teaching geography or not this year, whet your children’s appetite for geography by observing and exploring the geography all around you – right in your neighborhood!

Landforms

What landforms are in your neighborhood?

  • Mountains
  • Hills
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Streams
  • Waterfalls
  • Islands
  • Desert
  • Grasslands
  • Forest
  • Rain Forest

Start with your backyard

Elevation

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Flora & Fauna

Plants & Animals are everywhere! Don’t’ forget the birds!

Binoculars

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Weather / Climate

Keep a weather chart

Find patterns

Extreme Weather

Fitting It All Together

How does it all fit together?

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US Geography Resources

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US Geography Junior High - Online Course at True North Homeschool Academy Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis
Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Flags & Seals by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

 

 


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Map God’s World the Fun Way

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #187, Map God’s World the Fun Way, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Map God’s World the Fun Way

In “Mapping God’s World the Fun Way,” Episode, #187, Meredith Curtis shares out-of-the-box creative ways to map God’s amazing world. From using large outline maps and cooking/coloring in to map contests and mapping on the bathroom wall, who says mapping can’t be fun? Get back to basic mapping the world and have a blast!

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

God’s Word tells us that the earth belongs to Him and all the people who live in it (Psalm 24:1) and Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations starting right where we are and moving across the entire world (Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8). Best of all, He loves all the people in the entire world so much that He sent Jesus so anyone who believes in Him will have everlasting life! (John 3:16). That’s exciting!

As a homeschool mom, I want to teach my children about the world God made and loves. If God calls them to go to Calcutta to share the Gospel, I want them to know where it is!

Little Ones Map Continents & Oceans

Start with blank outline maps of the entire world. Give children crayons or let them dictate names of the continents and the oceans.

Puzzles

Older Children Landform Map

Here are some of the Basic Landforms Children Should be able to Map by the time they are starting high school:

  • Andes Mountains
  • Amazon River
  • Patagonian Desert
  • Argentinean Pampas
  • Amazon Rain Forest
  • Nile River
  • Congo River
  • Sahara Desert
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Congo Rain Forest
  • Ganges River
  • Yangtze River
  • Tigris River
  • Euphrates River
  • Jordan River
  • Arabian Desert
  • Gobi Desert
  • Manchurian Plain
  • Mongolian Plain
  • Kazakh Steppe
  • Himalaya Mountains
  • Daintree River
  • Great Victoria Desert
  • Australian Savanna
  • Daintree Rain Forest
  • Great Dividing Range
  • Mississippi River
  • Great Basin Desert
  • Canadian Prairies
  • American Great Plains
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Danube River
  • Rhine River
  • Great Hungarian Plain
  • Alps
  • Caucasus Mountains
  • Ring of Fire

Political Map Fun

Continue with Outline Maps – Filling in

Map Contests

Compare Political Maps from Different Time Periods – Overlay maps are great for this

Geography Cookbook & An Outline Map

Geographical Fiction

Seterra Online Quiz Game

Mapping the Bathroom Wall

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US Geography Resources

Jr High US Geography

US Geography Junior High - Online Course at True North Homeschool Academy Travel God's World Geography by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis
Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Flags & Seals by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

 

 


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I Love Homeschooling But I Hate Teaching Math – HIRL Episode 31

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hate mathHate math? And I hate teaching science. And writing. Or . . .

Let’s get real homeschoolers. Most of us have at least one subject we don’t enjoy teaching. What? That is difficult to justify when we are the ones in charge of teaching all the subjects.

So what is a homeschooling parent supposed to do when there are core subjects that must be covered, but there is no motivation by mom or dad to get that subject done every week, or they feel unqualified to teach it?

In this episode of HomeschoolingIRL, Fletch and Kendra discuss the reality of teaching multiple subjects to multiple grade levels and resources for getting some help. Join them as they encourage their listeners to think a little bit outside of the proverbial box.

Episode Timeline for I Love Homeschooling But I Hate Teaching Math

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5:28 Studio Discussion Part 1 (Sponsored by Compass Classroom) – Sharing our strengths and weaknesses
14:00 Studio Discussion Part 2 (Sponsored by Grapevine Studies) – Staying a step ahead
20:47 Studio Discussion Part 3 – Practical suggestions from Fletch and Kendra
30:14 Listener questions – Fletch’s tie-dye wardrobe and parenting with grace.
35:18 Advent Resources/Interview with Amanda White from Truth in the Tinsel


 

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Math Success in High School

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #186, Math Success in High School, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Math Success in High School

In “Math Success in High School,” Episode, #186, Meredith Curtis talks about that subject that many homeschool moms dread – MATH! High school success is easier than you think. You need confidence, a game plan, good study habits, and sometimes help from outside the home. You will be encouraged from this podcast and have a workable plan to move forward.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

If you don’t like Math, don’t tune me out.

4 Reasons Students Do Poorly in Math

  1. They think they can’t do it
  2. They have poor study habits when it comes to Math
  3. They do it in spurts rather than consistently
  4. Moms are afraid of Math and pass on the fear

What’s Great about Math?

  • Concrete – right or wrong
  • Incremental
  • Teaches Problem-Solving
  • Exercise for the Brain
  • Exercise for our Logic Muscle

Why Kids Can Be Confident in Math

  • Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made
  • Each child can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives us strength
  • Negative Voices in the Head can be Silenced
  • Study Habits & Game Plan are Key in Conqueroring Math

Game Plan & Study Habits

  • Do Math first thing (or as soon as you are awake) 4-5 times a week
  • Lead from Success to Success to Success
  • Learn each concept well before moving on (fractions, decimals, borrowing, order of operation, making 10)
  • Memorize Multiplication Tables
  • Memorize Basic Formulas

My Experience with Math

  • Early years to High school
  • Challenges & What I Did
  • Getting Help

Get Help!

  • Tutoring
  • Online Classes
  • Tutoring & Online Classes both Available at True North Homeschool Academy
  • Leanne – Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra II

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Online Math Classes 

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