Charlotte Mason educators often refer to the importance of "mother's education," a phrase that typically encompasses a mother's training in child-rearing, her study of child psychology and educational best practices, and for many moms, her personal spiritual growth through Bible studies and devotionals. It may also include a mother's mastery of the material she is … Continue reading Mother’s Education
Here's a great new resource for teaching your kids economics. The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil follows Ethan and Emily Tuttle on a class field trip to a pencil factory. They learn about how products we consider simple, everyday objects are actually not simple at all! The story explores economic principles such as the division of … Continue reading Teaching Econ
The construction for a regular hexagon is a favorite of my students every year and the one most of them choose as a basis for their geometric design project. We are simply going to begin with a line and use our compass to draw three congruent circles along it. Start with the center circle. Mark … Continue reading Construct a Hexagon
We recently observed that sacred school holiday: the 100th day of school. My three-year-old is working on counting to 100, and he has been using a 10 x 10 matrix. Ours is just a print-out in a dry erase sheet, but laminating one would accomplish the same thing. It's durable enough that he can take it … Continue reading Counting to 100
Working with dice enhances number sense in young children by training them to look at a group of objects (the dots on the dice) and recognize how many are there without counting. As children grow familiar with these common arrangements, they increase their awareness of how numbers are composed -- two columns of three makes six, … Continue reading Snake Eyes!
I am a mom of two very young boys, as well as a mathematics teacher at a small Catholic elementary school. While I have always enjoyed teaching other people's children, my true love is working with my own kids and watching them grow. It is rare for families to home school when both parents work … Continue reading The Beginning