Math this week


Here’s a look at some of the mathematics we’ve been studying this week.  The girls LOVE the Sir Cumference series of books, and even though the math concepts are technically “above grade level” for them, the girls seem to have no problem understanding the material.  For example, Little Hen informed us that the slice of applesauce cake she had for dessert “makes an acute angle.”



We’ve also pulled out a few board games from our enormous board game stash (mostly from thrift stores) that encourage children to think mathematically.  Despite the tedious sounding name, this Dino game is great for reinforcing the concept of place value for Little Hen, and simply counting and reading numbers for Firecracker.  A great game for kids of diverse ages.


Hey, That’s My Fish! is a wonderful strategy game (don’t listen to the age suggestions – my girls can play it and they’re both well under 8 yrs old.  Firecracker and I play on one team, Little Hen on the other.)   Sudoku for Kids was a gift from my parents, and Little Hen loves to play it by herself when she needs some quiet time.  Monopoly: Don’t Go to Jail is a fast-paced game we picked up at the thrift store.  It reinforces place-value and three- and four-digit addition.  It’s one of Little Hen’s favorite games.

What tools are you and your children using to approach math in a natural, interest-sparking way?

6 thoughts on “Math this week”

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving those great science suggestions. I’ll be sure to check them out.
    Sounds as if you are having a great time with numbers. I remember Sir Cumference and a trip to the local pizza joint with protractors in hand. Good times!

  2. Our kids love the “Circumference” books, too! Well, especially Jonah… Bode is still working on sitting down for the duration of a Berenstain Bears book. 🙂

    We tend to do a lot of math while cooking… working on measures, etc.

  3. I love to read posts about games! We play board games every day here to reinforce a ton of different skills. Lately, we’ve been playing a lot of Mythmatical Battles to reinforce multiplication facts for my oldest. But we play all kinds of games, and most of them have some mathematical element.

  4. We like those math books at my house to! And board games are wonderful for teaching math. I found a fun book recently for elementary ages called Math in the Garden…loving it.

  5. Thanks for the homeschooling ideas. We just started this year (today, officially) homeschooling our 2nd grader, and it is a teensy bit overwhelming. I’ll check out your math ideas. It’s good to see what others are doing.

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