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!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gifts for Math Geeks Giveaway

The winner is #8 (I only counted Elisa once!), Traci Smith!  Thank you for entering.

Because math is not just a subject, but a way of life, I thought I would give away a t-shirt.  Go check out Gifts for a Geek and tell me what your favorite math geek t-shirt is.  One lucky person will win the t-shirt of their choice.

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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math Giveaway

The winner is #5, Kathryn.  I'll be sending you an email.

I just got this book in the mail today.  What an excellent little book!  This book teaches you how to teach your children math.  With this book, you should not need any other math curriculum (before the age of 9).  This book is a basic math book.  It covers: quantities, adding and subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, equations, geometry, reasoning, measurements, time, probability and graphing, money, manipulatives, and even has a chapter of games and activities.

I truly believe that every parent, who is able to do basic math, does not need a curriculum to teach their children math.  However, you might need a little direction or help.  Or, maybe your child is in school, but needs help with math.  Maybe you like your curriculum, but you need to supplement it.  This book is great for that.

Even if you don't win it, I encourage you to check it out.  The age guidelines say it is for ages 2-8, but I would say you should have this when you have a baby, and it could be useful well into the tween years.

If you would like to win this book, please leave a comment.  The giveaway will end on the 25th.

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

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Life of Fred

Winner!  We have a winner!  #1 Dana of School for Us.  I'll be sending you an email, Dana.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

Today's giveaway is a copy of your choice of Life of Fred: Fractions or Decimals & Percents.  My family loves these books.  For anyone who has a reader, this is a great supplement to their math lessons.  My 'non-reader' (who still loves to read, it's just not his strong suit) loves Life of Fred.  It's just a different way of doing things.

Life of Fred forces students to think outside the box.  This makes it more likely that they will retain the math concepts long after they learn them.

If you would like to win one of these books, please leave me a comment.

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Winner............  # 3- Anonymous.  (Oh, how I love anonymous. ;)  I will contact you by email.

Today, I am giving away The Librarian Who Measured the Earth.

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth is one of my favorite books. When I told my middle son that I was going to be giving it away, he was heartbroken, until he realized we have three of them.

This is a book about Eratosthenes. Eratosthenes was a librarian who wanted to find out how big the earth was. The book tells about old libraries, and old math. It Talks about history, math, and geography, all at the same time. The illustrations are colorful, and cover the pages.
All knowledge builds on existing knowledge. But it takes the curiosity and inspiration of a man like Eratosthenes to figure out how to use that knowledge to answer old questions and create new ones that will alter civilization and our view of the world for years to come.- from the Afterword
This book will introduce your children to the great mathematician, Eratosthenes.  Perhaps, it will encourage their curiosity about mathematics.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment, along with your email address.  The giveaway will end on February 23rd, when the winner will be announced.

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

Monday, February 15, 2010

World Math/s Day Giveaway

March 3rd, 2010 is World Maths Day.  (Did you know that in other English speaking countries, they say maths, instead of math?)  At any rate, there is a great contest going on at  This contest is open to all students between the ages of 5 and 18, whether they be homeschooled, public schooled, private schooled...

In honor of World Maths Day, and because I love books about math, I am having a big long giveaway of math books on this website.  The giveaway starts tomorrow, with The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, and will continue with such things as Life of FredDr Wright's Kitchen Table Math, a little Sir Cumference,  and What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure.  These are just some of the giveaways scheduled.  I may throw in a math shirt, just for fun.  Please, tell your friends about the giveaway.