The list author says: "I'm not really interested in my children being math "whizzes"...I want them to have a good understanding of everyday math...to be able to do mental math and not have to rely on a machine to do it for them. I want them to really understand the math concepts we use in our everyday lives. Math is really cool...who knew? Hopefully my kids will.
My new favorite math curriculum is Teaching Textbooks, which is not available on Amazon.
We do use a regular math curriculum in a relaxed way, but as with all subjects here, we choose to supplement with literature, games and life related activities. Often it is through these non-tradition ways that my children learn and retain mathematical concepts! This list contains mostly books, I also have a list of games that we play in our relaxed homeschool as well. Some of the books here are about life skills...after all, math IS a life skill with real application...isn't that the real point of teaching it in the first place?
I hope this list might inspire some to rethink traditional math teaching."
"This came in a kit from our library (see mother goose kit or what's the big idea)...in this story Hannah collects all kinds of things and organizes them in many ways (patterns, same vs different, big, small etc...)."
"Really love this book....great for how things can be organized, how are they the same or different. Start your own button collection and start "classifying", discuss venn diagrams. Also can then discuss taxonomy. Right after we read this my son found a jar of buttons at a thrift shop. Now he is hooked!"
"A huge benefit of homeschooling is that we are able to teach in a relaxed, loving atmosphere, real life skills that also promote family closeness. Make cookies with your kids (or just cook with them). Practical, useful, needed math that will serve them a lifetime!"
"This was another Big Idea kit from the library. Build with blocks and other supplies, explore strategies used in civil engineering...What shapes increase the strength of structures? Kids learn and can then implement in their everyday play."
"And yet another cook book. I want my children, as grown-ups to be able to take care of themselves. Again, bake together...teach them measuring skills, baking skills and just what is yeast and why does it work (math, science, life skills, nutrition)"
"As with sewing and cooking, building things together with your kids will teach them valuable life skills and math that sticks! Look for project books that suit your needs...I particularly like bird feeders and houses....kids learn math while building, then learn about birds and develop a love that lasts a lifetime!"
"This book, in it's simplicity, can be used in so many ways...introduce days of the week, colors, numbers,parts vs whole, sets, ordinal numbers for math. I've also used it as a starting point to discuss history...how seeing things from one side gives an incomplete picture."
"Really love this book...it is deep in the math concepts it teaches and will grow with your child. Ordinal numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying...within a story that speaks to taking care of yourself and others, love of family...even mentions God. Wonderful!"