Monday, January 13, 2014

A Peek into our Homechool: Math & Logic

You probably know that my oldest loves math, and well . . . I do not.  This is the subject where I will really be devouring the posts in the Virtual Curriculum Fair.  This week's focus is Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).

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If you've hopped over from another blog and are unfamiliar with my kiddos, Elliott is 7 and in 1st grade, and Emory is 4 and in Pre-K, and we are very relaxed with a Charlotte Mason influence.

Elliott - This child could do math in his sleep.  He loves all things math.  He enjoys mental math, as well as physically manipulating items to see patterns and relationships.  We reviewed Math U See for the Schoolhouse Review Crew, and we loved it.  He loves the DVD lesson and the hands-on approach, and I know he "gets" the way the program teaches, so I see no need to switch things up right now. 

Emory - He is not required to do any formal work.  He usually plays with blocks or draws during Elliott's lesson.  Sometimes he will ask for "school work" and I have a couple of dollar store Preschool workbooks available for him.

Family Math - These books are full of ideas for bringing math into the home.  They are literally designed for families to enjoy math together, and since they are not geared for classroom/large-group use, they are perfect for homeschoolers.  I have Family Math for Young Children: Comparing which I have used on and off over the last couple of years with both boys, and Family Math, which I'll start using more now that Elliott is a bit older.

Manipulatives - For the first 6 years or so, I don't like to do a lot of formal math.  Instead we keep everything hands-on.  We make up a lot of games and try to keep it fun.  Some of our favorite manipulatives:
Lego bricks
Balance Scale
Measuring Cups/Spoons
Counting Bears
Measuring Tapes
Counting Blocks
Number/Flash Cards
Pattern Blocks
Magnetic Numbers

math manipulatives - We reviewed at the beginning of the school year.  I'm usually not for drill work, and that is basically what the website is, but we use it for review sometimes, to go along with MUS instead of doing the practice worksheets.  Elliott also likes to use it to practice things we are not covering in his curriculum at the moment, such as when he was fascinated with money, he would do various levels of lessons on coins.  There is a Pre-K level, so Emory will occasionally ask to play when Elliott is using it.

Activity Bags - We reviewed the Preschool Activity Bags when the boys were 3 & 5 and I really liked the concept.  I later came across a short-term offer of the Math Games in a Bag for free, and grabbed it right up! I plan to set these up as sort of a 'grab-and-go' area. 

Games - The kids really like board games, and they are a great way to practice math skills informally.  Some recent favorites are Yahtzee, Monopoly Jr, Math Dice Jr and Chess.  Chess House was one of our personal top 5 reviews for last year, and is a great way to sneak in some logic and critical thinking.  I'm about to introduce Battleship next!  Also, there is Acing Math (One Deck at a Time), which is a free e-book full of math games to play with a deck of cards. 

Living Math Books - There are so many books that are written in story form, but have mathematics and logic woven throughout.  They help show the practical needs for using math in real life situations, or how math occurs naturally in the world around us. The Living Math website has a great list of readers for various math topics. 

living math books

Week 1 - A Peek into our Homeschool:  Language Arts
Week 2 - A Peek into our Homeschool:  Math & Logic
Week 3 - A Peek into our Homeschool:  The Sciences
Week 4 - A Peek into our Homeschool:  Seeking Beauty

Virtual Curriculum Fair
Next week is Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc. but until then, be sure to check out the rest of the bloggers participating in the fair for their Mathematics ideas!

Our {almost} FREE 2nd and 4th Grade Math Program by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Supercharged Science's Mathemagic  by Kristi K. @ The Potter’s Hand Academy

Math & Logic Resources by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

How We Tackle Middle School Math, Logic & Science by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Math and Logic: Patterns and Reasoning by Leah@As We Walk Along the Road

Virtual Curriculum Fair: The World of Patterns and Logic by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Discovering Science & Math w/ Apologia & Saxon  by LynnP @ Ladybug Chronicles

Make Math Fun: Your Kids Will Thank You by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker

Our Curriculum Choices 2014 ~ Mathematics by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun

My Favorite Math For Boys by Monique @ Living Life and Learning

Math--Our Four Letter Word by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun

If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

Godly Patterns in Homeschooling by Lisa N @ Golden-Grasses

Math and Science anyone? by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays

My 7 Favourite Math Resources by Kim @ Homestead Acres

Basic Instincts by Chelli @ The Planted Trees

Getting My Teens Ready for Algebra by Debra @Footprints in the Butter

Math We Love by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

2014 Virtual Curriculum Fair ~ Math & Science by Jennifer @ a glimpse of our life

Our Take on Math, the Elementary Years - Charlotte Mason-style by HillaryM @ Our Homeschool Studio

Tackling Math and Science from Multiple Angles by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

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  1. hmm, never heard of the Family Math! Off to check it out! And, YES, games are great for math learning! Just taught my 1st grader his tens facts using a card game!

    1. The Family Math books have a lot of interesting ideas in them, and they have several in the series now! We love games...I just made up a binder of more math games. :)