# Category: Math General Posts

## Homeschool Week in Review (Grades 1, 4, 6)

The biggest challenge this week? Just getting going each morning! This past week was our third week back since the break. In some ways, it was my toughest yet.  There are some days/weeks when we we dive into our homeschooling with enthusiasm and zeal, but other times it’s hard to get started, though once we do, we generally get things done. This was one of those weeks that was that bit...

## I laughed so hard…

Today during math circles we had this mind bender:  Cut this magic carpet into three pieces and sew it back together to make a 6×6 carpet. DD and LD got it WAAaaaayy before ED and I did.  ED was sad that she hadn’t gotten it yet, so LD said Well, you are young and your mind is just developing. Mom’s mind is old and her mind is rotting! That had...

## Critical Thinking Activities – Math Circles

A few days ago, I mentioned that we started back into homeschooling with Math Circles rather than jumping into our “normal” math curriculum. What are math circles? From what I understand, they started in Russia where they hosted math contests.  Students competed to answer various word problems. The contest itself was designed to get students intrigued and excited about mathematics. There’s something similar here in the US called the Math Olympiad....

## Brilliant Way for Kids to Understand Pi

Just a quick note for you this morning because I thought you might like this too. When I saw this, I just knew I’d have to share it with the kids! They have taken to memorizing π. (I think DD knows π to 31 digits and her best friend knows it to 50 digits (in two languages, she tells me!)! Um… I’m not sure why, but it’s impressive!).  The illustration below makes π so...

## Skip Counting by 6s Song and Clapping Game (Video)

This is a fun way to learn to skip count by 6s! I’ve shared a number of the skip counting mazes, but this clapping game did a lot more for helping ED to remember the 6s. Earlier this fall, I mentioned that ED has been learning to skip count by 4s, 6s and 7s.  We made our song into a clapping game too and the girls really had fun with...

## Free Minecraft Math Game Board (For Any Math Practice)

I have kids who are doing different kinds of math, so I wanted a gameboard that would work for all of them. You can use this game board for any kind of math practice — addition, number recognition, fractions, multiplication problems… anything! Let me show you what the game board looks like: First print out the gameboard and 3-4 copies of the blank cards on cardstock. Next, you need to...

## Cute Pet Shop Coin Game – Free Printable

Jenn over at Finally in First made a fabulous game a few years ago called the Pet Shop Coin Game. We used the cards and the spinner I shared last week to play some games that my girls just loved! First, we each chose two pets to we wanted to “buy.” We took turns spinning the spinner and collecting coins. We added them up as we went, making sure we...

## Fall Skip Counting Pages for 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s (Free)

My daughter is working on skip counting. She enjoys doing these quick mazes and I thought I’d share them with you.  Some of them have characters on them, but I also included a few plain ones at the end so you can use them any time of the year. With these pages, you can go in any direction – up, down, left, right and diagonally. Fall Skip Counting Pages for...

## Minecraft Money Game: A Game For Counting Coins

ED has been working on coins this fall. She’s doing pretty well and I thought I’d combine her growing coin-counting abilities with her love of Minecraft. In fact, this past weekend she did her very first sewing project on her own using the sewing machine — the creeper which is in the photo below!   Just print out the printable below on cardstock and place a paper clip on top....

## Pre Algebra Resources We’re Using

This is just a quick post to update you on LD’s Pre Algebra work.  We are really very happy with the Art of Problem Solving: Pre Algebra. We set the timer for twenty minutes each day and LD and I read/go over the book together. I am really impressed with how clearly it explains (and proves) why various math properties work.  I suspect it will take us two years to...

## Multiplication & Division Pages with a Minecraft Theme

Are you looking for some Minecraft math worksheets for multiplication & division practice?  You’ll like these Minecraft themed practice sheets I made for the kids!!  The kids filled out these pages (along with their other math work) last week. There are 2 pages. These are free to download if anyone else has a Minecraft fan in their household! Multiplication Division Worksheets with a Minecraft Theme This year we’ve shared a number of Minecraft math...

## Minecraft Themed Addition Pages

Are you looking for Minecraft themed addition or subtraction worksheets?  My daughter absolutely loves Minecraft so earlier this summer I spent some time doodling on the computer and made a few characters she would enjoy!  I thought I’d share these addition pages with you today. As always, they are free to download, just click on the link or picture below: Minecraft Addition Worksheets If you use these, ED would love...

## Free Math Game Printable: Giddy Up! Add ’em Up!

One thing I love about homeschooling is that we have the ability to be totally spontaneous!  Our family started our new homeschool year a couple of weeks ago, but then Hubby and I decided at the last minute to take a family vacation.  So, we simply stacked the (academic) books, packed the car and set out for a week of camping — plus a whole slew of education and just...

## Math Worksheets, Game Boards, Lapbook and more (All Free!)

This is the second part in my talk about math curriculums. In the previous post, not only did I list some of the better known homeschool math curriculums, but I shared 15+ ideas for making math engaging and fun! (Math Curriculums and Active Engaging Math Activities) Today I wanted to share some of the materials I’ve made for the kids. I’ve found that the kids really enjoy when I make...