I visited with a homeschool mom this weekend on Twitter. She was asking about stuff she can do in math with her 4 year old and 6 year old children. I suggested the MathRack as well as Math On The Level. I then sent her a bunch of links via email.
I thought it might be useful for others to have this information, so here it is, MathFourTicians:
One of the starting points for children is counting and subitizing. Here's a handful of articles explaining what subitizing is and suggestions on teaching it.
Everyday do some Count 10 Read 10 activities. They only take ten minutes and you can even integrate them into your bedtime routine.
Check out some general tips on homeschooling math in this article: 9 1/2 Tips to Homeschool Math.
And make sure to join these yahoo groups:
- Math On The Level (open to all, not just owners of the program)
- Math Future (run by mathematician homeschooler mom)
- Living Math Forum (Living math is cool - all about the experience)
And if you feel the need to follow all the rules, read this: How to Step Things Up in Math Teaching
Teaching math looks ominous from the outside, but it's really all about following curiosity. If you're not a math whiz yourself, even better. You and your child get to learn together. Check it out here: Are You Teaching Math Through Motivation or Inspiration?
- [Video] Everyone's Good at Math
- How to Use the Senses in Teaching Math
- Cheesy Math - No, Really. Math & Cheese!
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