# Living Math

## How to Build a Hands-On Homeschool. It’s Easy!

These days, it seems like hands-on homeschool is a buzzword of sorts.  What’s all the fuss about? Let’s define hands-on first. It’s best to define hands-on first because I think its overall meaning might surprise you. You see, hands-on learning can actually mean several things. Most obvious, hands-on means “touching” things during lessons. For instance,…

## Healthy Kids in the Kitchen with Picture Book Starters

I have a serious chef in my house.  He’s only nine years old, but the boy can cook! When I see a natural motivation like this in one of my children, I make sure there are plenty of opportunities to foster its growth. So…he cooks.  Because our goal is to have healthy kids in the…

## Wind Nature Study

We’re in for a windy ride today! How can we do a wind nature study when we can’t see wind and can’t even really hear it? Great question! Observing the wind is less about looking for the nature specimen and more about looking for signs that it’s there. What is wind? If you had to…

## Picture Books That Teach Fractions, Ratios, Percentages, and Decimals

You will love this list of picture books that teach fractions, ratios, percentages, and decimals! These topics can be tough for children to grasp…until you bring them to life through picture books. You’ve heard me say it a million times, but picture books can go a long way in helping children understand tough topics. Math…

## Living Books for Counting: Math Literature for Kids

Living books for counting are so helpful for teaching early number concepts to young children and to help older children conceptualize really big numbers. This post includes some of my favorites to help you do both of those things. Why add counting books to your plan for homeschool math? They help familiarize children with the…

## Paper Airplane Math

Graphing comes to life with this fun paper airplane math activity! Create, fly, collect data, and use technology for serious learning that will motivate your elementary and middle school children to love learning. Paper Airplane Graphs Grab some colorful paper and let your children have fun designing paper airplanes to test their awesomeness. After collecting…

## 68 of the Best Math Operations Picture Books

I love using living books to help children “see” math. These math operations picture books specifically focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to help build understanding and connect math to the real world. Books are powerful in helping children relate to abstract mathematical concepts! They can be used as pre-reading before introducing something new…

## 100 Educational Games for Homeschooling

During my workshops about creative homeschooling and living math, I often talk about incorporating games into the school schedule. If your family has an established game night, you probably already know how educational many board and card games really are.  Math, language, history, science, logic and so much more can be practiced without your kiddos…

## How To Teach High School Economics

Economics.  It’s about earning and spending money.  It’s how businesses grow.  It’s using resources to satisfy needs and wants.  It’s taxes and interest rates and credit cards and savings accounts.  It’s in everything from local production to global trade. The study of economics is as important for the “average person” as it is for the…

## Ultimate Guide to Living Math Activities

I’ve been touting the benefits of living math for quite some time now.  Why?  Because living math makes sense to kids.  It builds concrete understanding of abstract concepts.  It touches real-life, giving math meaning and purpose.  And, it’s fun! This post contains affiliate links. To make your life (and mine) easier, I decided to pull…

## Living Math: Using Attribute Blocks

(This post contains affiliate links and links to my products.) What are attribute blocks? Attribute blocks are a set of unique and versatile manipulatives (hands-on objects) used for teaching math, science, logic and critical thinking skills.  The set includes 60 pieces: five shapes: circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons three colors: red, yellow, blue two sizes:…

## Living Math: The Ultimate Resource

You have heard me talk about living math over and over. I thought it was high time to organize all my living math resources for you in one convenient “table of contents” of sorts. Start Here If you’re new to the concept of living math or need some help refining your definition/vision, this post should…