May 25, 2017

Help Writing Numbers & Other Math Freebies from Real Pros

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By Kathy Kuhl In today’s post, I share math resources from experts in teaching math to kids with challenges. Most of these resources are free. Writing numbers is tough for some kids Does your child write numbers backwards? Or does his or her hand move the wrong direction, pushing the pencil up to draw a […]

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May 17, 2016

Your child can solve linear equations using beans

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By Kathy Kuhl Today we’ll finish looking at bean algebra, a simple way to make algebra concrete. We’ll start using negative numbers with our bean algebra. (This 4-part series began here.) Often we rush our children into abstraction too soon when we teach math. But if our children practice at length with concrete objects, illustrate their discoveries, […]

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April 26, 2016

More algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Last time, I began explaining bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. Manipulatives are simply objects you handle to help you understand a concept. The containers represent the variable x. I labeled mine with post-its. Last week, I showed you how to use beans to model equations like 14 =2x. Click here if […]

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April 19, 2016

Teaching algebra with manipulatives

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by Kathy Kuhl Teaching parents in Fort Worth last month, I promised to explain bean algebra—a way to solve linear equations using beans. (I learned this when I was a new public school math teacher in 1979, and I cannot remember or find the source. If you know, tell me.) What manipulatives you’ll need Manipulatives are […]

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April 07, 2015

Find the Gaps in Math

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by Kathy Kuhl Last week I explained how to fill in the gaps in your child’s math learning by adding customized daily review of those gap areas. But how do I know what to put on the cards, asks one parent. That depends on what’s missing from your math curriculum. From where I sit, I […]

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April 01, 2015

Filling in the math gaps

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by Kathy Kuhl Make Your Own Math Review Cards for Systematic Refreshers Ever noticed a topic is missing in your child’s math curriculum—or in your child’s general math knowledge? “What? He still doesn’t know days of the week?” “She has no clue how long an inch is.” How do you fill in those gaps? Write […]

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January 09, 2013

Carol Barnier’s How To Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On To Learning

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 Review by Kathy Kuhl How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning: Homeschooling Highly Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain Fidgety Kids. [See below to order] When I first saw this title, I said, “Well, my child’s not hyperactive,” and thought the book wasn’t for me. I wish I’d seen the subtitle. […]

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January 09, 2013

Heads Up Helping! by Melinda L. Boring

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Review by Kathy Kuhl: Heads Up Helping: Teaching Tips and Techniques for Working With ADD, ADHD, and Other Children with Challenges Melinda L. Boring is not the least bit boring. This homeschooling mother of three and speech pathologist has written a book filled with practical advice for teaching struggling learners. Her writing is clear and easy […]

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January 09, 2013

The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles by Carol Barnier

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Review by Kathy Kuhl Different children learn differently. Many authors have described these differences and shown us how to figure out our children’s learning styles. But homeschoolers always want to know, “How do I apply this theory to my homeschool? What now?” In her latest book, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, Carol Barnier provides […]

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January 08, 2013

Mastering Math Facts

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Teaching Math Facts to a Struggling Learner Try to work on facts every day for 5 to 10 minutes. Some days, let the child pick which method to drill with. Here are a few suggestions: Flash cards, (If you make your own, write answers on the backs, but make sure the answer can’t be read through […]

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