# How I Do It…Homeschool Math Part 1 (by Dave, Homeschool Dad of 9)

OK, this is not an infrequent question.  I get to play “Dave the Science Dad” and “Dave the Math Dad”.

As Robyn mentions, we generally teach them ‘en masse’, meaning ‘they are all in the 4th grade’.  What extra the littlest ones, playing cars and trucks at my feet, can absorb they get to keep.  I don’t do terribly much with the three little boys, other than my habit of counting whenever I carry them up or down the stairs.

Then they fall into three logical attention span divisions:  the three little boys (currently ages 7 months – 2years) are off the hook for now other than passive absorption; the three middle girls (ages 3-5 years) get absorption plus flash cards and computer math; and the ‘big three’ (ages 7-10 years) get flash cards, library videos, computer math, ‘applied math’ (more on this later), and a DVD-and workbook program called ‘Math-U-See’.

I will discuss the individual components used in Part 4 of this blog.

Then they all get the quirky and incessant “Daddy-isms”.  Whenever I take them anywhere, and if Robyn is not there to innocently and completely capture my attention, I keep them busy in the car with silly math songs I learned growing up (maybe it was Sesame Street or the Electric Company) such as “inchbug” where they have unknowingly been hoodwinked into learning to count in binary scale.  Then there are the math quizzes and discussions of how numbers work and where we use them (musical scales, construction and building, banking and credit with interest, etc.).  The boys really eat up anything with a dollar sign on it.  If a problem is too tough, I just re-state it in money terms and they are solving quadratics and differentials and compounded interest !!

It is good for the little ones to get a glimpse of math applications and why we learn math, and what great things we can do with it.

My golden-hearted daughter seems to get the problems when I put them into money terms , but she always smiles at me and reminds me that she’s going to be a Missionary!   Yikes!  Scramble, scramble, recover the plan!  Well, yes, my dear, butyou will need to know how deep to dig wells for people and how many feet you will need to get donated shoes for, and how many families need meals and how many family members to deliver to, and how many missionaries will need to bring the meals if they can only carry up to 8 meals each…..(whew, saved!  In more way than one.)

We all play board games as much as we can.  The classic ones:  Monopoly, Risk, Trump, and any counting games with at least some dice:  Pop-o-matic, Life, Yahtzee, etc.   For pattern operations we also throw in a little chess here and there.  Finally, and favoritely in my family are the classing card games my Mom taught us to love:  Michigan Rummy, Italian games (Briscola. Treisette. Scoba. Etc),   Hearts and Spades.

They play each other (with one of us, an uncle or aunt or grandparent to watch and teach) for a while until they get up to speeed to play the older cousins (aka the ‘baby pool’).   When they’ve battled it out, we slowly rotate them in to the “mixing with the minnows: where one rookie and one battle axe go try to battle a similar pair .  Keep your wits and learn the rules and etiquette, and Uncle Max may send you home with a nickel and he gets the rest for keeping you alive and in one piece.  Slip up, and you may have more to fear from Uncle Max than you do the other team.  It’s all good fun and learning, and no one’s been shot in nearly a decade or so……but you definitely learn your cards and coins when you earn them.

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2…

## One thought on “How I Do It…Homeschool Math Part 1 (by Dave, Homeschool Dad of 9)”

1. We have enjoyed reviewing your website and would like to thank you for adding your comments that have assisted some of our homeschool families. Several of our homeschooling families have commented about having you as a part of our parent resources and have shared their desire for ED Anywhere to recognize you as a contributing member of the homeschool resources groups.

ED Anywhere has completed its review of your website, wants acknowledge a seal of approval of your website and services. We agree with our homeschool families that your blogs and articles are found to be beneficial for our home school families. In reading the several articles that you have provided for the public, we see you as an example and contributor with excellent insights for our homeschool families.

With your permission ED Anywhere would like to add this website to our directory of resources so that other homeschool families and students can enjoy them as well. ED Anywhere has over 1,500,000+ visitors a year and with thousands of students worldwide, your website would be an excellent resource for our homeschooling parents. Please check to see if your homeschool group is added to our homeschool group directory.

ED Anywhere provides the best in homeschooling resources such as yours as will as: accredited high school diploma, GED Prep, middle school & high school classes, technology classes, remedial classes, tutoring, and the best curriculum for middle school and high school students for the past 10 years. ED Anywhere has also been rated #1 by homeschool.com and received several awards for excellence and service to homeschoolers and the community.

Email us at info@edanywhere.com if you want to be added to our list or if you want a guest user id and password. We appreciate all that you are doing for our homeschool community. http://www.educationanywhere.com or http://www.edanywhere.com