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Delayed Formal Math Approach

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Having read your article on teaching math, we have delayed formal academic math instruction and focused on living math instead. Our daughters are now 11 & 9. Now what? Specifically, what do you recommend that I use to teach “in a few weeks” K-6 academic math? What have you used? I appreciate any insight or […]

Delayed formal math really makes sense

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Our now 14-year-old son had a horrible time trying to learn to read and do math simultaneously. I read about delaying formal math and promptly threw out his math book. Well, shelved it anyway. Within a month, his reading level soared 2 grade levels. It seems the stress of learning both was more than his […]

Hates Holding the Pencil

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I have a 10-year-old-boy who has done very little formal academics. He is very creative in nature, devours books (although he didn’t learn to read until age 9), draws continually, has an inventors mind (like his beloved daddy), can recite to you anything he has read from a book, is fascinated by history, but despises […]

Starting math at age ten is early enough

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Dear Laurie, I’m working my way through your wonderful book Teaching the Trivium and loving it. I’ve ordered Mystery of History Volume 1 and am thinking about math. Anne will be nine in October. She’s been quick to learn and understand math concepts – we’ve gone through multiplication and long division in manipulatives to the […]

Delayed Formal Math Approach

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Having read your article on teaching math, we have delayed formal academic math instruction and focused on living math instead. Our daughters are now 11 & 9. Now what? Specifically, what do you recommend that I use to teach “in a few weeks” K-6 academic math? What have you used? I appreciate any insight or […]

Delayed Formal Math and New York

Friday, July 24th, 2009

I am really interested in the philosophy of delayed formal math. Unfortunately, I have not been able to read your book yet, but I have read many of the articles on your website. My question is, if you delay formal math, does that mean you do not have any math instruction at all? Or would […]

Replacement for Kumon?

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

I am not a “real” homeschooler, as my children do attend school (real homeschooling is unfortunately not an option for us). I consider myself a part-time homeschooler, as I spend many evenings, weekends, and vacations either reteaching what the school was supposed to teach, or teaching them what I consider to be missing from the […]

Favorite Math Games for Young Children

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

From Michael and Joannie Ham Knoxville, TN — My husband and I are avid game players. We are always on the lookout for good games to play with our older girls, who are 7 and almost 6. There are many games that combine luck and strategy and reinforce math skills. Some of our favorite games […]

Delaying Math

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Dear Bluedorns, I have reached the point with my 9yos where I may be ready to try your recommendations regarding math. I must admit that I have been too “chicken” until now. I realized today, while teaching two-digit multiplication, that he can follow the steps without prompting, but he does not understand why those steps […]

Delayed Math

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Just a note to let you know how everything worked out regarding math curriculum. I bought two small books at Wal-mart, one marked Multiplication and Division and one called 3rd grade math. Spent about $7. Filled out my info for our school district and was surprised they actually wanted to see us this year for […]

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