I heard many parents are worried about math, and especially algebra, other parents say  why do we need algebra?! While I think... Why not? Numbers rule the Universe  according to Pythagoras.
Here are the steps that we followed... very naturally, without any prior planning. Now Alexandra is 10 y.o. and solving simultaneous linear equations.
We'll be glad if you find something useful or encouraging here.
We'll be glad if you find something useful or encouraging here.
Homeschooling math / Unschooling math / Worldschooling math
46 y.o. Montessori materials to learn counting 110; 10100  (only addition, no multiplication) here
 counting on / counting back  (the pictures below) learning and counting with the number lines
 visiting a playgroup in Thailand and singing there numbersongs with kids and counting with the teacher.
 reading kids' magazines: math puzzles alongside with entertaining labyrinths, drawings etc  math is exciting, it’s not easy  but it’s a challenge  like any other activity.
6 y.o. a very important period when Aleksandra started loving math.
 column addition
 skip counting by 3's  we created our very own song 369…etc, that Aleks was singing all the time.
 skip counting by 5 was easy, following the pattern 5 0 5 0 5 0  One day Aleks challenged herself  Mom, i can skip count till 1000! She was exhausted at around 250…. and said.. and so on.. understanding that there’s a pattern.
 various math games with a deck of cards / board math games (from internet)  to understand 1.000s (she was really confused by 1000s.) and to practice addition/subtraction.
 applying skip counting skills to understand multiplication. (3 boxes and 5 fluffy kittens in each!  so, she sings her song (kind of counting 5 fingers)  3691215! So, 15 is the answer!) Her multiplication was not remembering abstract equations 3x5=15 , as I've read  that kids can't go that abstract at such a young age)
 singing songs and visualizing multiplication with Right Brain Number Wheels  ALL THE DETAILS ARE HERE
By the way....
Why learn algebra? Toddlers love puzzles, labyrinths, challenges, overcoming difficulties, difficult tasks strengthen links between neurons. Math is a puzzle.
Why many people hate algebra? Many mathproblems are just nonsense, fake, artificial, and kids don't like that. And the schoolprogram is a very protracted process.
In fact the entire 6 years math can be taught in 20 hours. Daniel Greenberg (Sudbury Valley School) gathered a group of girls and boys 912 years old, who have never learned math before, and tought them entire 6 years program in only 20 hours of classes. He describes it in his
book “Free at last” (more about it: here)
789 years old
 MATH SALAMANDERS.COM  a well structured website with free printable worksheets  that we used for 2.5 years. (KindergartenGrade 5, Algebra and Geometry) I was printing “sets” of as many worksheets as I could… (The back side of the paper was used later for drawings, drafts and notes that we leave “on the fridge”). After solving each set  selfcheck using the answers. I think, kids love to be “teachers” and check “students” mistakes or good work.
 Creating, solving fun math problems, making jokes on the existing math problems and solving them… (imagining all those characters  who travel from point A to point B, or getting/loosing candies in real life)
 "Fractions" starting from 8.5 y.o.  reading, understanding, copying a "fractions book" into a notebook. Preparing a colorful photoshoot with fractions, creative activities with math help to work and remember a lot.
910 years old  KUMON books.
At 89 she started doing math and algebra that I sometimes couldn’t remember from my school years… (like dividing decimals by decimals) Kumon books have stepbystep explanations that help students to discover everything themselves. So, I never was like a teacher in a classroom. When something was still unclear  I was always glad to help her to find a youtube video.
Overcoming difficulties:
 Watching a few seconds of Tom and Jerry, where little woodpecker calculates something very difficult.
 Singing/ quoting Scales and Arpeggios Song (in youtube) form Aristocats  when something doesn’t work.
If you're faithful to your daily practicing.
You will find your progress is encouraging.
 having fun time and good laugh together, while making jokes on math problems.
 working in a coffeeshops where other freelancers come to work.
 acknowledging satisfaction  when the hard work is done, and all the papers are full of calculations.
PS (I never suggest her to calculate “imaginary situations” about money, because I think money is an illusional agreement between adults, and people just don't know yet other ways  besides this primitive exchange… Though books have a lot of examples on money  and she did all calculations herself, using different money systems  pounds, US dollars, HK dollars, Singapore Dollars, thai baht, depends where we bought a book or dowloaded a worksheet.)




 


this is really cool, I hated maths as a child until for just 2 months, in my last year, I had an amazing teacher. I'm always looking for fun maths finds, thank you x For kids who like apps there is also dragon box which we enjoy a lot
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