At the HSS forum a mom explained how she took the math manipulatives down from the bedroom closet shelf. She sorted the goodies into baskets, shelves and drawers, all accessible to the children. Wonderful! The fun math tools aren’t helping anyone on a bedroom shelf. That started me thinking about the hands-on things we have. […]

## Platonic Polyhedra (Fun with 3D Geometry)

Platonic polyhedra sounds so much more sophisticated than 3D shapes, doesn’t it? Actually, in our math history lessons, we found that the 5 now called “Platonic” solids were actually identified by the Pythagoreans (Pythagoras and his students) before Plato’s name became attached to them. Of course, we were not content to see them in a […]

## Hands-on Estimating

Estimation is a very valuable skill in real life, so I tried to make the study of it somewhat real by staging a shopping experience. We used some of Sprite’s Sculpey clay foods, loosely taped onto blank business cards. Then we gave each item a price. (It’s not dollars but just some unknown unit, so […]

## Living Math with Area and Perimeter

Studying area is a great topic for comparing ways of teaching math. In the “old days” before my living math transformation, I would’ve breezed over the diagrams in the book as quickly as possible to get to the “real lesson” — the formula A= l x w so we can work the problems. But not […]

## Graphing and Tangrams with Living Math

More adventures into living math! I took a look at what topics in our Singapore Math we had not yet finished. Then I went through my Family Math book to find or think of hands-on activities and puzzles that would teach those concepts. Graphs were easy enough. For data, we went to the sidewalk and […]