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Monday, January 9, 2012

Ahhh, Math.

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Just the very mention of the word triggers the tears in our house.  I don't know what it is about math.  Well, actually, yes I do.  I mean, let's be honest here.  I'm not exactly a big, whopping math fan myself.  My math classes ranked right up there with dentist visits when I was in high school.

But it must be done.  That, I think, is the part that brings the tears.  Why can't mean Mommy just skip the whole idea of adding, subtracting, long division, etc?  Because I'm mean, that's why!

So I think today I'm going to focus on our third-grade math plan, since our sixth-grade math plan is continuously evolving in an effort to reduce the crying.

I think I've mentioned earlier how much we are loving Heart of Dakota.  We are using Bigger Hearts for His Glory, and, as part of the program, they recommend Singapore Math.  In fact, each day of the curriculum offers a written plan for Singapore 2A, including teaching tips.

For example, this morning, Firefly and I were rounding up all of the "cows" (or Cheerios) into pens, in order to find out how many of the twenty cows would fit equally into five pens.  Or, in other words, what is 20 divided by 5?  We played with the cows with different equations for about ten minutes, and then she got to eat them (hmmm...) while she completed her workbook pages.  Four today.  And she did them.  And didn't cry!  Hooray!

A normal math lesson is only about five to ten minutes long, and Heart of Dakota offers lots of teaching tips, including games and hands-on activities.  We only purchased the workbook for Singapore and skipped the Teacher's Manual, since I had so many suggestions in our core curriculum.  (And since I know how to multiply already, ha!)

I do intersperse some extra practice in math for Firefly throughout the day, but that is because math is where she is most weak.  We use flashcards, iPad apps, You Tube videos, and card games during the week to help reinforce concepts.

All in all, though, Firefly seems to do well with Singapore Math.

She doesn't cry (often) anymore when the math book is pulled out.

And that makes us all so very happy!  ; )

This post is part of the Virtual Curriculum Fair.  Each week in January, several bloggers are writing about what is (or is not) working for them in their homeschools.  This week is all about Math.  Hop on over to the following ladies and see what they have to say:
Lapbooks---Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 2
Angie Wright @ Petra

Curriculum Fair Week Two: Discover Patterns, Mathematics, Logic and
Some Science
by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool

Choices For Math
by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool

Magnificent Math Manipulative
by Letha Paulk @ justpitchingmytent

Math Choices - Virtual Curriculum Fair
by Tristan @ Our Busy

by Christine @ Crunchy Country Catholic

Math at My House
by Jessica @ Modest Mama

Using Hamburger Paper
by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest

Facts or Fun? Why Not Both!
by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings

of Dakota- The Fine Details- Part 2 Science
by Lynn @ Ladybug

Math Block by Block
by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our World

Along with Math
by Cindy Horton @ Fenced in Family

Working and What's Not: Math Edition
by Leann @ Montessori

by Cindy @ For One Another

. by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun

Without a Parachute: Math with no Curriculum
by Pam @ Everyday

in Our Homeschool
by Christine T @ Our Homeschool Reviews

Math, and More Math
by Dawn Chandler @ tractors & tire swings

Mathematically- How I Choose Math Curriculum
by Kristen @ Sunrise
to Sunset

Patterns: Math, Logic, and Some Science
by Christa Darr @
Fairfield Corner Academy

Science of Math
by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning

did we do math today?"
by Chrissy at Learning is an Adventure

Math, and More Math
by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory


  1. I understand about math being tear inducing. ;0)

    And I'm happy that Singapore is working so well for you, yeah!

    Thank you for joining the Virtual Curriculum Fair!

  2. I was never a fan of math either! Always a HUGE struggle for me!

  3. I've always wondered if we would like Singapore. I don't follow the HOD math schedule since we use Rightstart.



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