This page features information for both homeschooling families and general support for math learning at home. I hope you find it helpful as a parent or as a teacher.
What's Math Got To Do With It? by Jo Boaler
Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
Math-Positive Mindsets: Growing a Child's Mind without Losing Yours by Carrie S Cutler
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra by Wendy Lichtman - for teens as the main character is 8th gr.
The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger - recommended for ages 11+
10 Nonfiction Children’s Books That Humanize Mathematics - online article
Looking for some awesome, pre-printed supplemental activities to fit with your current curriculum and help make practice feel more like a game?
Check out my grade level samplers and concept centers. Click here!
Did you know that families schooling at home can also use Google Classroom? What a great way to leverage the power of Google. Here's a document that tells you all about how to use Google Classroom to share and assign activities. ALL of my activity materials include a digital version that uses a Google application, mostly slides. You can purchase these as a bundle for your grade-level learner with or without the printable materials. Email me at email@example.com to learn how to get them!
Support Financial Literacy skills with your learners with ideas found in my free resource called Money 101: A Parents' Guide for Supporting Financial Literacy in Children.
If you could also use ready-made activities that support these skills, check out my new Financial Literacy Concept Activity Sets for grades K-5 or 6-8 skills.
Math Cut Ups for Home Learning Families
I now offer several Math Cut Ups options just for your needs:
Grade level Sampler Set = pre-printed activity stations that span a grade level
Grade level Printable Bundle = ready to print full versions of all grade-level activities bundled for one low price and they include digital formats too!
Grade level Digital Activity Bundle = only the digital activity versions for all activities in a grade level you can use and share through Google
Personal Financial Literacy Concept Activity Set (grades K-5 or 6-8)
Developing Decimals & Fractions Concept Activity Set (grades 2-6)
Developing Operations Concept Activity Set (grades K-8)
You can find the sampler and printable bundle sets in my online store when searching by grade level and the Concept Activity sets on the At Home Learning page.
Digital-only bundles must be purchased directly by families. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Could your student use another explanation of a concept or math idea? I highly encourage you to check out Khan Academy online. It is free and sometimes it's good to have another person explaining. Plus students can watch as many times as needed and the video never gets tired lol.
Games, Apps, Lessons, and More - NCTM Illuminations
Lots of options at PBS Learning Media including video and game content to make math relevant, fun, and interesting.
Check out this fun Yahtzee idea on Place Value from Games4Gains.
Looking for ways to involve the family in math learning. Figure This from our national math council (NCTM) has a great index of family math challenges for all levels.
Many ideas for teaching maths to learners of all levels and resources for students can be found at NRICH math.
Personal financial literacy is a super important concept. While we include these topics in math curriculum, often it can be helpful to have more resources to teach kids about their financial health without math processes getting in the way. Check out my friend Keli who teaches kids all about personal finance. She has solutions for families with elementary and teenaged kids. The Smart Money Academy
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Math Cuts - here's a great video too on dividing decimals using models
Pam Harris - she's a guru at numeracy and numerical thinking
The Top 3 Facts Every Parent Needs to Know About Today's Math - YouTube video
The Best Math Practices for Teachers - while this one is aimed at math teachers I think its helpful for parents to also hear the reasons why the way we teach math today (as opposed to how you likely learned it) is important to know.
Websites of Interest
Build Math Minds by The Recovering Traditionalist
YouCubed by Jo Boaler and Stanford University
MathBits - lots of resources plus graphing calculator cheat sheets to help your student
Purple Math - great explanations, especially for upper level concepts
Math Is Fun - another wonderful resource for understanding almost any maths concept
A Maths Dictionary for Kids - lots of helpful information geared to student learners
Interesting other Tips
This is the shortcut in Word and PowerPoint to type in a fraction. When you press Alt = it brings up a box, then you type fraction as normal eg 3/8 and Word converts it to Numerator over Denominator and on a MAC I've just been told it's Control =.
Great for exponents too. Alt = then in the box 3^2 gives you the correct display of 3 squared