So. Here's a variety of mathy things we do.
The kids love to play with tape measures and scales. We measure when we do science or cooking. How much has our plant grown? How much do we need if we are going to double this recipe?
In our Tuesday co-op, we often do math-oriented group games or projects. Math Forum has some ideas for this type of activity.
The kids have also taken math classes with our Monday co-op. Zahana and Rohan are in one now, which is a hands-on exploration of numbers and such. Miah and Larkin have taken one where they made lapbooks for measuring, time, numbers, etc. and another one for improving their multiplication skills. These are always fun (non-stressful) classes for them.
Miah and Larkin are currently working on Saxon 54. They do this independently and bring me their work to check when they are finished. Occasionally, they ask for help on a problem, but usually they can do it themselves.
We have also used Singapore math, which went fine at first but ended up not working at all for us.
Zahana and Rohan are loving dot-to-dots and mazes right now.
Life of Fred
This is not exactly a textbook. It's more in a story form. All of the kids love Fred. I love Fred too.
I have made various Montessori materials for making number concepts more visual and tactile. Here is a page of Montessori links where you can find lots of ideas for creating.
Calendar - A calendar hanging on the wall with outings and activities marked on it is enticing enough to learn things like days of the week, months of the year, "How many days until . . . ?", yesterday, tomorrow, etc. We also like poetry books like Around the Year and doing seasonal activities.
Clocks (analog and digital) in every room and places to go at certain times pretty much gets the job done. If a kid asks, "How much time until we leave?" I tell them what time we are leaving and let them figure it out. Or vice-versa. Sometimes I ask Zahana what time it is and let her make a guess, then explain what time it is.
Dr. Wright's Kitchen Table Math
This book is full of hands-on ideas and games for teaching math in a natural and fun way.
Living Math - I highly recommend this website for teaching math in way that will not make your kid hate math. Lots of ideas for real books and games that teach math concepts. We check out math books (like Anno's Magic Seeds and A Fly on the Ceiling) from the library. You can find another list of living math books here.
Tangrams, Geoboards, Fraction Bars and Pattern blocks - all good for exploration
A variety of blocks and building materials
This was a huge hit with the kids. I'd like to find another one like it. They make their own compass drawings on their own now.
Origami, Kirigami, and Window Stars
Angles and measurements. Larkin really loves origami, so I bought Unfolding Mathematics with Unit Origami to try out.
Art and Crafting
sewing, drawing, and other craftiness often involves math
Playing with Patterns
Lentil Math and Geometric solids
learning to use one of these helps with mental math skills
Dominoes and flash cards
Geometric pattern books by Robert Field
Mathematicians are People, Too - Reading about people who were fascinated by math encourages little thinkers. (I just noticed there's a second edition of this book.) We played around with cycloids after reading about them in this book.
Rainbow gnomes - Get creative!
Adrianbruce.com has printable math games.
Money - The kids have certain chores they can do to earn money (apart from their regular chores.) Earning and spending their own money makes money concepts real. They also like to play store, which involves adding, subtracting, and making change. Collecting coins is another way to learn about money and values.
A Christian Perspective on Math
Exploring Sunflowers, pinecones, and pineapples.
Games, of course!
Various resources I've collected here and there:
Geometry Brainteasers with 3-D Shapes
DIME Build Up book and solids
Problem Solving with Polyhedra Dice
Geometry and Fractions with Geoboards
Rethinking Math - a post I wrote a while back about math
To see more of the math we do, click on "math" under labels.