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    Maths & Spelling Only For Seven Days: Our Pick-A-Box Challenge

    A few weeks ago we Read Only for a Week using a system of a Pick-a-Read Challenge in which the children chose various reading activities from a variety of suggestions and by the week’s end all were reading far more confidently and frequently, our week was declared a success! Inspired I decided to target another couple of areas for a week and a half, namely maths and spelling, I brainstormed ways in which the children could have fun but still engage with the subject matter. With maths I wanted to children to see outside their maths program and apply maths to the world around them, spelling, I simply wanted them to devote more time…

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    How To Create Your Own Multiplication Chart

    It has been our experience that when a child hits a ‘road block’ with maths the reason can often be traced back to not knowing their multiplication tables thoroughly enough. To this end, chanting multiplication tables has been added to the daily memorisation list this year. However I’ve been frustrated by the fact we haven’t had a wall chart, we’ve had wall charts from time to time in the past but they tend to fall down and become damaged. Reflecting that our phonics chart is still in good condition nine years later I determined to make a similar multiplication chart.   Providentially we already had a blank canvas, measuring and dividing the…

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    The Maths Equation

    This month’s Homeschool High School Carnival is hosted by Fisher Academy International and some of us are chatting about: Math in High School.….What does your highschoolers program look like? What influenced your choices/selection? Laying a strong foundational aptitude and positive attitude towards maths begins in the earliest years. Encouraging ‘living maths experiences, ie “How many knives do we need to set the table?”, engaging in maths through chatting, “If 8 + 8 = 16, what do you think 7 + 8 would equal?” to finding the ‘right key’ when/if searching for a more formal program are all ‘part of the equation’;) When introducing maths in an informal manner to young children it quickly becomes apparent which child…

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    Living Math – Multiplication Picture Books

    Our Princess has been struggling with maths, in particular she has needed to know her times tables but has been most reluctant.  In a bid to foster a love of maths we put the workbooks aside and began a different mathematical journey.  As Princess enjoys picture books I knew that was a good place to start. I spent time perusing the recommendations at Living Math, I had to sort through this list as it is not primarily multiplication, nor is it clear as to age suitability.  It took some time to decide what was appropriate for a nine year old. Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies – Louise Matthews Teach multiplication…

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    Instant Free Access to Mathsonline Primary!

    I’ve shared before our happiness with our highschool maths program Mathematics.com.au imagine our excitement to discover that they are releasing their trial version for Primary, Grades 4-6. To get immediate FREE access to this award winning Primary Maths program, follow the link below to their years 4 to 6 trial site. Mathsonline.com.au login(automated): trial Password: au Forward this link on to EVERYONE! From the company: What the trial version has; · 280 + lessons (2 to 10 minutes long) with audio visual pause/rewind capabilities covering approx’ 90% of the various Australian States yr’s 4 to 6 curriculum.· Lessons are far more oriented towards developing numeracy/problem solving skills in our students…

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    Highschool Maths – Breaking News

    I have written before about Mathematics.com.au which has been such a blessing for us. When our oldest reached highschool we needed to follow a different path to previously. To find an Australian highschool(grades 7-12) course that taught in an audio/visual manner via the computer was an answer to prayer. The lessons are very well presented and clear; after printing out and completing the lesson the child enters the answers and the lesson is marked for you! Previously purchasable as a CD or an online course for a substantial amount of money (we paid hundreds) it is now incredibly available for free!! if you still prefer to have the CD it…

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    Term in Review – Math Buster Monday

    As I’ve shared we have been trialling a new approach, I have written a little before about our Math Buster Monday and thought I’d share some further highlights. Angela’s idea of Marshmallow Maths had us inspired to join in the fun of building shapes and bridges with marshmallows and toothpicks. (Be sure to see Theresa’s ideas too.) Carpenter had so much fun that he wouldn’t believe me when I told him that this was maths, he was convinced it was craft. We continued to read living math picture books on Mondays, one we particularly enjoyed was The Three Little Pigs by Mitsumama Anno, much of what we have though is…

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    Talking Highschool Mathematics

    At the beginning of the year when PC and I sat down and discussed where the childrens’ learning was going this year, what was working and what wasn’t; one of the conclusions was that they/I needed more help in the maths department. PC is brilliant at maths and he and Koala love talking math, discussing the many different ways to come to a conclusion etc. However due to work commitments despite his best intentions she simply wasn’t receiving the regular help needed. As for her receiving my help well I simply find it too difficult to turn my head instantly from 5th grade to 9th grade amidst the general bedlam…