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Denise Gaskins
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Video from the Global Math Project. Try It at Home Ask your kids the question: “What Is Math?” I’d love to hear what they say!
Video from the Global Math Project. Try It at Home Ask your kids the question: “What Is Math?” I’d love to hear what they say!
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Take a break from textbook math and enjoy yourself! I like to use games as a warm-up with my co-op math circle. Some homeschoolers make every Friday a game day, and some turn gaming into a family lifestyle. If you’d like to add more play to your family’s…
Take a break from textbook math and enjoy yourself! I like to use games as a warm-up with my co-op math circle. Some homeschoolers make every Friday a game day, and some turn gaming into a family l…
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Are you taking your kids to see the movie Hidden Figures? Check out Raymond Johnson’s blog post for references and teaching ideas: Resources for Hidden Figures If you know of any other resources, please share in the comments below. And as I find new…
Are you taking your kids to see the movie Hidden Figures? Check out Raymond Johnson’s blog post for references and teaching ideas: Resources for Hidden Figures If you know of any other resour…
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Check out the new carnival of playful math for all ages at Math Misery? blog. You’re sure to enjoy this month’s collection of mathy fun. Math Teacher’s At Play #103 — Christmath(s) Edition The carnival features prime numbers, self-referential logic,…
Check out the new carnival of playful math for all ages at Math Misery? blog. You’re sure to enjoy this month’s collection of mathy fun. Math Teacher’s At Play #103 — Christmath(s) Edit…
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Since I’ve been posting new Alexandria Jones stories this week (beginning here), I’ve gone back and re-read the old Christmas posts. I noticed that the original Graph-It Game included a religious design, but nothing for those who don’t celebrate…
Since I’ve been posting new Alexandria Jones stories this week (beginning here), I’ve gone back and re-read the old Christmas posts. I noticed that the original Graph-It Game included a…
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To make a Christmas gift for her brother Leon, Alex asked all her friends to save empty cereal boxes. She collected about a dozen boxes. She cut the boxes open, which gave her several big sheets of thin cardboard. Then she carefully traced the templates…
To make a Christmas gift for her brother Leon, Alex asked all her friends to save empty cereal boxes. She collected about a dozen boxes. She cut the boxes open, which gave her several big sheets of…
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What teacher hasn’t heard a student complain, “When am I ever going to have to use this?” Didn’t most of us ask it ourselves, once upon a time? And unless we choose a math-intensive career like engineering, the truth is that after we leave school, most of…
What teacher hasn’t heard a student complain, “When am I ever going to have to use this?” Didn’t most of us ask it ourselves, once upon a time? And unless we choose a math-i…
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New Year, New Blog! The first way to make your math blog grow is to write posts. Here’s an #MTBoS blog challenge that seems doable: Only one post a week, so maybe even I can keep up. With the start of a new year, there is no better time to start a new…
New Year, New Blog! The first way to make your math blog grow is to write posts. Here’s an #MTBoS blog challenge that seems doable: Only one post a week, so maybe even I can keep up. With the…
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Two of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are to spend more time with family and friends, and to get more exercise. The 2017 Mathematics Game is a prime opportunity to do both at once. So grab a partner, slip into your workout clothes, and pump up…
Two of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are to spend more time with family and friends, and to get more exercise. The 2017 Mathematics Game is a prime opportunity to do both at once. S…
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[Photo by geishaboy500 (CC BY 2.0).] Counting all the fractional variations, my massive blog post 30+ Things to Do with a Hundred Chart now offers nearly forty ideas for playing around with numbers from preschool to prealgebra. Here is the newest entry:…
[Photo by geishaboy500 (CC BY 2.0).] Counting all the fractional variations, my massive blog post 30+ Things to Do with a Hundred Chart now offers nearly forty ideas for playing around with numbers…
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For toddler Renée’s Christmas gift, Alex and Leon crafted a puzzle set of wooden blocks. First, they made a sturdy box with circle, square, and triangle shapes cut in the lid. To make the blocks large and baby-safe, Alex and Leon bought a 4-foot 2×2…
For toddler Renée’s Christmas gift, Alex and Leon crafted a puzzle set of wooden blocks. First, they made a sturdy box with circle, square, and triangle shapes cut in the lid. To make the blocks la…
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Here’s how Alex created tetra-tetraflexagon Christmas cards to send to her friends: 1. Buy a pack of heavy paper at the office supply store. Regular construction paper tears too easily. 2. Measure and divide the paper into fourths one direction and thirds…
Here’s how Alex created tetra-tetraflexagon Christmas cards to send to her friends: 1. Buy a pack of heavy paper at the office supply store. Regular construction paper tears too easily. 2. Measure …
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Math is a game, playing with ideas.
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As a homeschool mom who loves math, I want to help other homeschoolers see the variety and richness of the subject. Math is not just rules and rote memory. Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine—and if all your children ever do is textbook math, that’s like feeding them broccoli-flavored ice cream.

Author of Let's Play Math: How Homeschooling Families Can Learn Math Together, and Enjoy It!
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Veteran homeschooler: 4 graduates, 1 upcoming highschooler.
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    Physics, Science Writing
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