I think it was the word illustrate that got Sprite. She sincerely thought this was what the question wanted her to do. And I guess on one level, she actually did follow the directions. I asked her why a math test would want her to draw faces on the numbers. She agreed, “Yeah, I thought […]

## Living Math with Positive and Negative Numbers

In our math lessons from livingmath.net, we’re up to the contributions of India and Arabia in the Middle ages, focusing on the number zero and positive and negative numbers. To make integers more coherent for Sprite, I hunted for some illustrations. Of course, there is the number line, but here are some real life parallels […]

## More Multiplication Practice

We’re still drilling multiplication facts. (It seems this is going to take a while.) I’m constantly saying out of the blue, “Count by eights!” or “What’s 9 x 7?” It’s as much work for me to remember to review it as it is for Sprite to learn the facts. This is a book I bought […]

## Learning x9 Facts

More of our quest to master the multiplication facts! This time we’re working on times nine. (It seems to me that being able to sprawl on the floor to work on a project is a huge benefit of homeschooling! Do you use the floor a lot like we do?) Basically my strategy for x9 was […]

## Learning x8 Facts

I’ve got a math confession to make. My ten year old, fifth grade daughter does not know her multiplication facts. And that may be partly my own fault. I never pressed her to memorize them. I kept hoping that it would click and she would just know them. But there’s no clicking yet. In fact, […]