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The Homeschool Diner's Guide toHomeschooling by SubjectMath for Homeschoolers Fun Alternative Resources for Teaching Mathby Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006A lot of "less schooly" approaches to teaching math...Some Hands-On ResourcesNerdy Baby 1 2 3 Flash Cards and Prime Number Counting ChartPre-K Math Rod ActivitiesBase 10 Blocks -- free online virtual math rod activitiesBrownie Skip Counter and Math Pies -- hands-on math from The ToyMaker, also lots of fold-able paper shapes Math Cat’s Crafts – symmetry, geostringart, etc (PreK-6th)Hand Made Manipulatives -- print out, color, and cut outThe Coin-U-Lator -- a hand-held game that teachers coin recognition, adding and subtracting money thru games The Number Balance - teddy bears on a see-saw show additionFamily Math by Jean Kerr Stanmark, Family Math for Young Children by Jean Kerr Stanmark, and Family Math: The Middle School Years by Karen Mayfield-Ingram -- fun hands-on activities for informal learning of math, the first book is a "homeschool classic" and covers K - 8th Fun and Creative Math CurriculumMaths with Baa Baa Black Sheep -- nursery rhymes that teach math concepts, available from Singapore Math and readily found used Playing Fraction Pies -- play a tune using fraction pie slices instead of whole notes, quarter notes, etc. Using Legos in 6th grade math -- lots of fun of ideasChameleon Graphing by Ursula Whitcher at Math Forum @Drexel -- a funway to learn about graphing points, lines, coordinates, etc., includes the history of mapping using plane geometry School House Rock -- their award-winning "Multiplication Rock" songs have been helping kids since the 70's, skip-counting songs and more Songs for Teaching Mathematics -- "using music to promote learning"CDs available for purchase, samples of songs free online Visual Manna -- supplement your study of history, English, geography,math, the Bible, and science thru art, other art curriculum for several age groups and topics also available, techniques include following the steps to correctly draw animals, reproducing the shading and coloring techniques of given works, and using a grid to copy drawings, sample lessons online Noble Knights of Knowledge -- an ungraded resource that coversmaterial commonly taught in grades 1 - 4, can also be used with younger kids for enrichment, or as a supplement for older kids who need review to improve their base of understanding, a story-based math program centered around a Medieval castle, uses themed props and story boards to explain math concepts, uses some multi-sensory techniques, looks fun ;-) Times Tales -- memorize the times tables with picture stories (mnemonics)Times Tables and Addition The Fun Way by City Creek -- memorizemath facts with a storybook (each number is a character in the story), pictures and stories allow the students to associate a mental image with the math fact, storybook, workbook, audio tapes sold separately, good for students who aren't successful with rote memorization Teaching The Right Brain Child by Dianne Craft MA CNHP of Child Diagnostics -- manual, videos, and flashcards (sold separately), a former homeschool mom and special ed teacher helps parents learn how to use Right Brain Strategies to teach their children Math, Reading, Phonics, Sight Words, Spelling, Vocabulary, Following Directions, and Study Skills. Her website is rather bare bones... here is a description of her program.Geometry Through Art by Norman Shapiro -- free lesson plans, downloadsThe Geometry of Perspective Drawing on the Computer by AndrejsTreibergs -- a high school level tutorial Math in Fashion -- weaving pattern calls for use of the quadratic equation!Math & Music -- teaches the basics of Middle School level math byintegrating it with Music, Physics, and History. Sports Math Series by Good Year Books -- (4th - 8th) Basketball Math,Baseball Math, Football Math, and Racing Math, multiple activities and projects encourage use of computational skills, data analysis and probability Math Doesn't Suck -- humorous book aimed at middle school girlsFun Math Lesson Plans -- for all grades, such as one called "BarbieBungee" which teaches linear functions and slope, from the NCTM Foundations in Personal Finance: Homeschool Pack by Dave Ramsey -- empowers students to make sound financial decisions for life Games, Puzzles, and ActivitiesBoardGameGeek.com -- "Games to improve your math skills" -- no onlinegames, but a great run-down of what's available out there in "Gameville" Box Cars and One Eyed Jacks -- (K - 12) dice and card games of all sortsto teach math skills great strategy games that teach abstract skills such as planning andconsidering alternatives, no reading required so suitable for all ages Check out the many Fun Ways to Practice Math Facts and Other Sills on the Diner Math Skills Practice Page, includes links to free online gamesMathmania Magazine from Highlights -- offered as a magazine subscription, or a set of books, each issue has a variety of puzzles for ages 7 and up (some easy, some harder) Dr Funster's Quick Thinks Math from the Critical Thinking Company -- a series of workbooks (levels A,B,C) with math puzzles to encourage logical thinking and practice using math in fun ways (grades 2-12), available for purchase online or thru local distributors, and thru conference vendors Family Math by Jean Kerr Stanmark, Family Math for Young Children by Jean Kerr Stanmark, and Family Math: The Middle School Years by Karen Mayfield-Ingram -- fun hands-on activities for informal learning of math, the first book is a "homeschool classic" and covers K - 8th Syvum Brain Teasers and Math Puzzles -- free online activitiesPuzzle Corner -- over 100 strategy puzzles arranged by type of puzzle, from the AIMS Education Foundation K-12 Math Puzzles from the Math Forum at Drexel UniversityWu : Riddles by William Wu at Berkley -- a great collection of math and strategy puzzles ranging from easy to hard, visit their forum for answers and discussions of each riddle Erich's Place -- a website from a math professor Erich Friedman at Stetson University with many free online puzzles (click on Puzzle Palace near the bottom of the page), also covers many fun topics of interest to "math geeks" MathPuzzle.com -- keep up with the latest in math games, puzzles, books, and other happenings, this weblog has links to many free online activities Learning Math thru LiteratureMurderous Maths by Kjartan Poskitt -- a series of humorous books thatteach math concepts with cartoons and irreverence, originally published in the UK, now available thru Scholastic Books, a review by Popular Science The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger -- a great non-threatening introducton to concepts such as factorials, fractions, infinity, triangle numbers, Fibonacci numbers, imaginary numbers, and irrational numbers. Fun for all ages ;-) There is also a Number Devil software game based on the storyG Is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book by Schwartz David -- from "A is for Abacus" to "Z is for Zillion" this is a fun introduction to 26 topics in math Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander - the first in a series of books about "Sir Cumferance, Lady Diameter, and their son, Radius" for clever, educational adventures based in geometry The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by famous author of kids' math books, Theoni Pappas -- the first in a series of books that introduce youngsters to interesting math concepts such as the abacus, binary system, fractals, origami, bubbles, etc., includes interesting activities after each short story These three sites have wonderful Math Reading Lists for all ages, frompicture books and fun math fiction to serious math texts: Living Math -- has tons of ideas and resources for a literary approach to math - from picture books on the basic concepts to chapter books and adult books that include concepts in advanced math Gnarly Math -- reviews of popular math booksPrintable graph paper -- select grid size and type of paper, includes cartesian (most common for algebra 1), logarithmic, polar, engineering, etc incompetech -- print out graph papers, geo patterns, sudoku grids, etc |

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