Thursday, April 1, 2010

Shutting Down

I am closing this blog.  I just don't have enough time or interest to run more than one blog.  I will occasionally be blogging about educational things on my family blog, if you would like to join me at Freedom Lovers' Academy.  Thank you!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sir Cumerence and the Dragon of Pi

The winner is #3- The Schneiders.

Since March 14th is Pi Day, I thought that our last giveaway would be for Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander.

The Sir Cumference series is one that we love.  This is a series about one of King Arthur's knights, Sir Cumference.  In the first book, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table, Sir Cumference helps King Arthur find the right shape for his table.  In this book, Sir Cumference turns into a dragon, and his son, Radius, searches for a magic number known as pi to turn him back into a knight.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment.  To ensure this book is delivered on time for Pi Day, this giveaway will end on March 9th.  Thank you all for participating in my math giveaway!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

The winner is #4, Lynn.

I am sorry that I am so far behind on posting.  I have been sick.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is one of my favorite books.  This book is about a young boy who is forced to become an indentured servant.  He lives in Salem, during the eighteenth century.  He was a mathematical genius who overcame great odds to continue his education after becoming a servant.  His work, "The American Practical Navigator" is still in use.

While this book is not a traditional math book, or even about math, it does show how math is useful in the real world.  I highly recommend this book on these merits, alone.  But, in addition, it is a great story.  It was the winner of the 1956 Newberry medal.  Obviously, it is not a new book, but I have found that old books have much to recommend them.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment.  This giveaway will end on March 8th.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Times Tales

The winner is #5- Kristin.

Times Tales is one of my favorite math helps.  Outside of my 9 year old teaching the 6 year old his multiplication tables, this is one of the most effective ways I have found of teaching my children their multiplication tables.

I have to admit that I have become a "wait and see" kind of parent where the tables are concerned.  My two younger children have slowly learned their tables as they pressed forward into other math.  For instance, my middle son only cemented his grasp of the multiplication table after he had already finished long division.  Having to do all that 'backward' multiplication really got the tables into his head.  However, he enjoyed the Times Tales.  It helped get him off to a fast start.  If your child does not have the option of time, or you just really want them to have those tables memorized before you move on, this is the book for you.

This book gives children a gentle way of memorizing the multiplication tables.  It does not include the 1s, 2s, 5s, or 10s.  It only includes a few of the 3s and 4s.  Basically, it covers the hard problems to memorize.  It is a different way of doing business.  And, when it comes to any subject, but especially math, I am all about finding different ways to help their brains grasp things.

The idea behind this book is that there is a story and symbol that goes with each problem.  As the child begins to remember the story, the multiplication problems become cemented in their brains.  Most children like to have books read to them over and over again.  This is a great way to get those multiplication tables going without having to resort to flash cards.  While I enjoyed flash cards, so far none of my children have had a particular liking for them.  Oh well.

Up for grabs today...  One copy of Times Tales!  Please leave a comment with an easy way to get in touch with you (email is great!).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Living Math Giveaway

The winner is #4 Teacher of One.

This is a very interesting math curriculum.  It is based on math history.  Now, if you've read A Thomas Jefferson Education, you'll know that there is a contingent of people that believe that math should only be taught in context.  In fact, some people even believe that math should be taught by reading through The Principia : Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy as a method of teaching math.  I think there is some merit to the true mathematician reading Principia, but do not see the merit for most school children.  I think it would be overwhelming.

On the other hand, anything that is worth learning is worth learning in context.  Math is no different.  The difficulty has always lain in finding context for math while teaching it.  That is where Living Math comes in.  This is a fun curriculum that includes reading a lot of books (something that I'm obviously interested in), learning about math in historical context, and generally learning more about math than most math teachers know.

Today, I am giving away one unit of this wonderful program.  You pick which unit and level you want, and I'll order it for you.  Just leave a comment with your email address.  This giveaway will end March 3rd- World Math Day!  Be sure to visit the other math giveaways while you're here.

For those trying to find the units (they're under lesson plans), take a look at these two links: Cycle 1 and Cycle 2.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

How Much is a Million Giveaway

The winner for this is #14, Kristin.

I found this charming book while I was wandering about the bookstore last night. This book gives various examples of one million, one billion, and one trillion. It talks about how long it would take to count that high, how many pages tiny stars would fill, how high children standing on each other would reach, and how large a fish bowl would be needed for that many goldfish.

I am giving away one copy of this book. This giveaway ends 2-28-2010. Leave a comment to enter.

Don't forget to enter the other giveaways in honor of World Maths Day!

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras

The winner is number 3- Elisa!

All of my children have enjoyed this book.  It tells the story of Pythagoras as he discovers his famous theorem.  This is a great introduction to geometry.  If a child knows the story behind a formula, he is much more likely to understand it, giving him a better grasp of the formula and the theorem.

I am giving away one copy of What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure.  If you would like to win, please leave a comment.  This giveaway will end 2-27-2010

Don't forget to enter the other giveaways in honor of World Maths Day!