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Euclid on Playing with Math Manipulatives


"Things which equal the same thing also equal one another." - Euclid

Imagine the following scene: A three year old child (let’s call her Susie) is playing with blocks of varying lengths on the floor. She carefully places one block on top of another, trying to find blocks that match in length. If you ask Susie what’s she doing, she’ll say, “I’m just playing.” But actually, she’s…
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Steve Demme’s Stewardship Math Curriculum Has a New Edition


After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released.

Stewardship, 2nd Edition After six months of writing and filming (and four months of editing and proofing), the New Edition of Stewardship has been released. Stewardship is a personal finance curriculum taught from a biblical perspective. With Steve Demme’s signature humility, humor, and sharp math skills, practical math instruction is combined with Biblical principles of finance…
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Alasdair MacIntyre on Improving Math Education


Math education is often seen as preparation for “real life,” where “real life” is seen as an important thing and math education just seems…boring.

Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the most celebrated contemporary philosophers. His 1981 book After Virtue is widely seen as having launched a renewed attention to virtue-ethics in moral philosophy. Throughout his career, MacIntyre has also written a lot about education. I recently discovered a dialogue between MacIntyre and Joseph Dunne on education, and wanted to…
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The Lost Tools of Math: Recovering Math in a Classical Education [Article]


When it comes to classical education, mathematics is often the Cinderella sister.

When it comes to classical education, mathematics is often the Cinderella sister: she lives in the home along with her sisters Literature, Language and History, but she’s not really considered part of the family. There are at least two main reasons for math’s odd position in classical education. First, for us moderns it can be…
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Homeschooling Pros & Cons


Guest blogger Kyla presents homeschooling pros & cons in this blog post.

It’s Kyla from Little Footsteps Big Learning, and today I will be discussing the pros and cons of homeschooling. Before we get to this, I thought I’d give a little background on myself. I’m a mom to three boys, age 6, 5 and 2, and I’m currently homeschooling them. I studied elementary education, and after…
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The Connection Between Math & Art


I've asked artists about the connections between math and art, and they see it when they use measurement, weight, and even trigonometry.

Math and Art Skill Expectations Math development often has the expectation that at a specific age a student “should” be at a specific level. It is tempting to conclude mathematical potential either by comparing skills with materials marked by grades or by comparing their skills against another student’s abilities. Visual arts development is often judged…
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Current Homeschool Demographics [Infographic]


Many families who are considering homeschooling first want to look into homeschool demographics before making that decision.

Many families who are considering homeschooling first want to look into the demographic data of homeschoolers. It is important for homeschoolers to have support and confidence in their journey so that they can have a successful and enjoyable experience, and the good news is that the number of families engaging in home education has grown…
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How Exercise Benefits Your Student’s Brain


Is there a deficit in the amount of exercise our students are getting? Is there a simple solution?

If you were to approach my grandmother and ask her opinion on what’s wrong with “kids these days,” she’d vehemently reply (in a heavy Brooklyn accent), “Kids these days! All they do is sit around, watch television, and play video games. They need to get up and play outside!” Well, Grandma, an increasing amount of…
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Blocks and the Design of Childhood


In "The Design of Childhood", Alexandra Lange details an illuminating exploration of the material world that children inhabit.

The Design of Childhood is the kind of book that brings sunshine to your heart on rainy day. The author, Alexandra Lange, is an architecture and design critic, a historian, and a mother. In her book, she draws from each of these core aspects of herself in an illuminating exploration of the material world that…
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Homeschool Parents: Learn With Your Children


Homeschool parents: We can learn with our children. We can take this wonderful opportunity as a lesson in never giving up.

Being the oldest of seven kids, I was reluctantly appointed the family’s official tutor from a very young age. My parents weren’t very educated and so it fell on me to help my younger brothers and sisters with their learning. So, it was no surprise to anyone that I became a math teacher. Today, I…
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