Archive | June 2011

Math Monday – First Try

I have a child who is math phobic.  A child who knows a lot of stuff but freezes when it’s written in a worksheet form.  Last year, I created a Math Center.  Just a table where I keep our math manipulatives at the ready for an impromptu math session.  The goal was to change what was on the table every week so the children were exposed to lots of math concepts in a friendly fun way.  I was not as successful as I’d like to have been.  It was a success, but I wasn’t faithful enough about changing it around.

I’m currently in collection mode for any math related anything for my math center.  I’ve built up quite a lovely collection after the last two used curriculum sales I recently attended, a virtual tour of ebay and my state HEAV convention!  Once I have it all organized, I’ll show you some new pictures.

My current hope is to share our math ideas here each week.  Who knows where math inspiration will strike – but when it does, I’ll share it with you!

This week, I’m reading The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas by Linda Dobson.  In the book, she shares an idea from one reader about blank times tables.  This reader suggests hanging blank charts on the fridge and letting the children fill them in as they feel moved to do so.  The reader said she did it over and over for much of one school year and her children seemed to enjoy the game.  I think it might work for my kids too.  Instead of the fridge, I plan to put it out on my math center table and let them fill it in there as they feel led.  I bet they don’t realize how much of it they already know.  I think the no pressure aspect of this activity will help my cause.

I just found my blank multiplication chart here –

They also have a blank addition chart that I plan to use for my first grader along with some other great math ideas I plan to explore later.

If you are looking for a blank multiplication chart that goes to 12 (which is my personal preference) try this one –

I hope you are enjoying your summer!


Sir Ken Robinson
My favorite quotes…

“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education.  And it’s impoverishing our spirits and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”

“Like a farmer, all you can do is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

“{Education} is about customizing to your circumstances and personalizing education to the people you are actually teaching.  Doing that, I think, is the answer to the future.”