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Delayed Formal Math

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Bluedorn, First of all, thank you for speaking at the CHEACT conference in Austin. My wife and I both benefited from all of your talks. We especially enjoyed the Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling and The Practical Trivium. After your talk on Teaching Classical Languages we decided to add Greek to […]

Pascal and Delayed Formal Math

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I recently read the biography of the mathematian Pascal who was homeschooled by his father after his mother died. His father didn’t think any subject should be taught until the child could easily master it. So he removed all the math books until the children were at least 16 years old. At 12 years old […]

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 […]

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