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Math Card Games

Math Card Games from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Math is often a subject that we don’t love to teach and kids don’t love to learn. By making math fun, or better yet making it seem like they aren’t even doing math, you can help your child become confident in their math skills. A great way to do this is with a deck of cards. Yes a deck of cards can help teach many math concepts!

Math Card Games

Here are a handful of games to try out with your kids using a deck of regular playing cards.

1. Greater or Less Than

# of Players: 2

Materials: Cards Ace through 10 for each player with the face cards removed

How to Play: One player selects are card from their hand that they don’t show to the other player. The second player selects a card from their hand and places it face up in front of them. This is their “guess” as to what card the first player has selected in their hand. The first player then tells the second player if the card they laid down is “greater than” or “less than” the secret card they selected in their hand. Play continues like this until player 2 has discovered the value of players ones card. Players then switch roles.

2. First to 50 Addition

# of Players: 2+

Materials: Whole deck of cards, and scrap paper for adding if needed

  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13
  • Ace = 14

How to Play: Deal two cards to each player. Each player then turns their cards face up and determines their sum. For instance Player One might have Ace + 7 which equals (14+7) 21. Player Two might have Queen + 10 which equals (12 + 10) 22. The greatest sum is 22 so Player Two keeps their cards and the rest are returned to the bottom of the deck. Keep playing and dealing until the total value of one players cards equals 50 (or greater).

3. Odd-Even Race

# of Players: 2+

Materials: Whole deck of cards

  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • King = 13
  • Ace = 14

How to Play: Place one odd numbered card and one even numbered card face up in the center of the table. Deal out the rest of the deck evenly. Players race to get rid of all of their cards by placing their odd numbered cards on the odd stack and their even numbered cards on the even stack. The first player to correctly get rid of all their playing cards wins!

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Helping Teens Make Smart Money Choices

Helping Teens Make Smart Money Choices from Standard Deviants Accelerate
Entering high school and looking to prepare our teens for a world outside our home can feel like a daunting and intimidating task. But with a little thought and preparation we are all equipped to handle the task. One of the really important things we are doing and plan to do in our house is helping our teens to make smart money choices.

Helping Teens Make Smart Money Choices

Money management and money sense can and should be started early with our kids. This can be as simple as helping them to save a certain amount of their allowance, money they have worked for or even money they are gifted.

While we don’t pay for chores in our house, our kids have had the opportunity to earn money through things like caring for a neighbor’s dog, mowing a neighbor’s lawn, babysitting, pet sitting, and now our teen has a job coaching at the gym where she herself does gymnastics.

Here are some of the ways you can help your teens make smart money choices:

Agree on a Set Divided Amount

Talk about money with your kids and the types of things they can do with their money. Talk about saving, investing, spending, etc. Agree on a certain amounts (maybe percentages) of money and what they will do with it. Our teen daughter has always had to set aside money for her cell phone bill. So when she was making $20 a week, 50% was set aside to pay that. Then 10% was but in savings, and the other 40% was hers to spend.

Open a Bank Account for Them

My teen and I went to the back together to open up accounts for her. We made the choice to make these accounts joint so that I could easily oversee and help her manage them. Having at least a savings account allows your teen to put away money, keep a ledger, and save for their future.

My teen has a checking account with a debit card where her paycheck is directly deposited. Then she has a savings account where she transfers the agreed upon savings amount from each paycheck.

The Wait On It Policy

When your teen wants to purchase something, have them wait on it. Maybe a few days, a week. It can be easy to want to run out and spend spend spend but we have found with our teen that if she sits on it a bit she realizes maybe she doesn’t want or need the item that badly or that maybe her money is better saved or spend elsewhere.

Keep Close Tabs

Keep open communication with your teen. Check on their accounts and talk about their choices. For instance our teen was spending money on fancy drinks or food while she was on the college campus. While each one didn’t add up to that much, when we pointed out that she had spent more than $80 in one month, she realized how large an impact that was making on that amount she had for both saving and spending on other things.

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10 Educational Math Games

10 Educational Math Games from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Learning can be so much more fun when you are playing games! As many of you may have noticed, math can be a real sticking point for kids, but it is fundamental to their educational growth. One of the biggest ways to include math learning into your day is by playing games with your children.

10 Educational Math Games

Here is a list of 10 Educational Math Games that I have used and loved with my children throughout the years that reinforce basic math concepts while having fun.

  1. Qwirkle - Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six colors. Using the blocks, players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share the same shape or color. The simple setup makes this an instant winner for younger kids, while adults will enjoy strategizing to win. Not only is there math in the pattern/color of the blocks, but the method of scoring is math too!
  2. Skip-Bo - Out of a 162-card deck, two to six players are each dealt 20-card “stockpiles”; the first one to deplete their pile wins. Players draw from a central pile and stack their cards sequentially onto one of four “build” piles (for example, an eight onto a seven, a three onto a two), using plentiful Skip-Bo wild cards to break up static situations.  A great game even for younger kids who can count from 1-12!
  3. Blokus - Blokus encourages creative thinking and has received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity. The goal of this game is for players to fit all of their pieces onto the board. When placing a piece it may not lie adjacent to the player’s other pieces, but must be placed touching at least one corner of their pieces already on the board. The player who gets rid of all of their tiles first is the winner and strategic thinking helps as you block moves from your opponent.
  4. Farkle - Take a risk and keep rolling to build your score. Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a Farkle. It’s a fight to the finish in this fabulously fun game of strategy and luck.  The score sheets include the basic instructions for the game making it easy for even new players to keep up. And having kids do the math for scoring is great practice!
  5. Rush Hour -  It’s gridlock and the little red car can’t move. The player is a traffic cop in the Rush Hour Traffic Jam Puzzle where the objective is to get the red car off the road. To play, pick one of 40 challenge cards; solutions are printed on the back of each card. Then set up the cars and buses in a specified pattern on the 6-inch-square road grid. Move the vehicles one by one until the red car can escape the traffic jam.
  6. Racko - Since the “Fabulous 50’s”, families have enjoyed this Rack’em up fun-filled card game.  Rack-O is timeless fun and a game I grew up playing with my parents! Players randomly slot 10 cards on their rack. The race then begins to draw and discard one card at a time until one player positions 10 cards in numerical order.
  7. The Allowance Game – Kids learn how to handle and change money. This is great for younger kids as it is relatable and the money amounts manageable.
  8. Monopoly – What makes this one even more fun for kids is the countless themed Monopoly games out there too! You can play Nintendo, Despicable Me, Star Wars, Christmas and more!
  9. SMath – This is a game that truly works with straight up math. Take your tiles and make math equations. Add and subtract and when you get better you can add in multiplying and dividing.
  10. Yahtzee – This classic dice game is a great way to introduce numbers, patterns, and strategy.

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Hands On Learning With Money

Hands On Learning With Money from Standard Deviants Accelerate

One of the best ways to learn things is by “getting your hands dirty”.  And by this I mean using your hands, being able to manipulate and move things to help cement concepts in your brain. Most kids love to be able to move and manipulate things. Give them blocks, Legos, action figures, etc, and they are off and running. One thing that is great to teach hands on is money. With a single jar of change you can create a heap load of learning for your kids.

Hands On Learning With Money

1. Basic Counting & Math Skills

You can give your little ones (old enough that they won’t place coins in their mouth) a heap of coins and just let them count them, regardless of their value. Then you can have them separate them by their looks. Once they have the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters separated they can count each pile and even make a bar graph to show how many of each they have.

2. Which Coin is Which

Print out a reference sheet or make one of your own. Have your child match each coin to the correct one on the sheet. Along with this have written the value of each one and the name of each one. So you would have a picture of a penny, the word penny, and 1 cent on a piece of paper, and likewise for the other coins. Then you child can take their jar of coins and match them to the right piece of paper while saying, “This is a dime. A dime is worth 10 cents.”

3. Coin Addition & Subtraction

Once they are comfortable with identifying each coin and its worth you can move on to adding and subtracting with coins. I have my kids take a handful of coins and add them up, writing the number down on a piece of paper. Then I have them take away a few coins (adding up the value of the coins they are taking away) and write that number down, creating a subtraction problem. They then complete the problem by counting was is left in their original pile.

4. Making Change

Making change is a lost art in this world of computers, but is still an important skill in my opinion. All my kids loved to play store. We used that as an opportunity to pay and make change. Another way you can do it is by creating a printable price sheet of items. Then have your children create problems by picking things to purchase, telling what money amount they would give to pay for it, and then making the change in return.

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STEM iPad Apps for Kids

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 STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

Here is a list of some of the fun and engaging STEM apps we use in our homeschool! Their are apps for all ages ranging from games to puzzles and more!

STEM iPad Apps for Kids

  1. Rocket Solvers - Work and play with your helperbot, DECA, to find three crew members hidden on a mysterious planet! This story driven math game is a great review of addition and subtraction using numbers up to 100 – for kids ages 6 – 9.
  2. Solar Walk is an educational application about the solar system. It is space accurate and in 3D! This 3D solar system model lets you navigate between planets, see their positions on a specific date, explore how they move and why.
  3. Rush Hour – This is not only a favorite of ours on the iPad but we also have the physical board game version too! In Rush Hour players must slide small cars around on a grid, moving only forward and backward, to create a path so that the red car can emerge out of this parking lot grid.
  4. Monster Physics has given my children hours of fun, interactive play! Monster Physics is a building app that lets you play with physics! Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank, and more! It also comes with missions for you to solve!
  5.  Math Bingo – Kids get to practice their math facts recall through a fun game of Bingo!
  6. Move the Turtle – for ages 9-11. Move the Turtle teaches children the basics of creating computer programs using intuitive graphic commands.
  7. Coin Math – Working with money and making change is an often overlooked skill. With coin math your child learns to recognize, count, add and make change with U.S. coins.
  8. DK The Human Body App – This is a highly visual, accurate look at the human body that offers over 270 full color zoomable high resolution images, 99 story pages, testing, videos, 3D rotatable human body with selectable layers and more!
  9. Blokus – This is another game that we have in both app form as well as physical board game form. Start with 21 pieces and try to play as many of them as possible by connecting the corners. Just be careful because there are other players that will try to block you! The player with the fewest squares left wins!
  10. Star Walk allows you to see the night sky in real time! Yup! You get to hold up your iPad and view your present time night sky with the app! It moves with you, allowing you to explore over 200,000 celestial bodies with extensive information about the stars and constellations you find!

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STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids

STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Looking for some great STEM activities for your 7-10 year old children?  Wondering what STEM is? STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids

1. Floor Puzzles – You can find great floor puzzles in science and math related themes such as human anatomy, the Periodic Table, and the Solar System, the Rainforest, Under the Sea and more.

2. Crystal Growing Kit – Your kids can grow their own crystals to learn about the structure and geometry of crystals. Many kits offer multiple experiments to conduct with detailed instructions and guides.

3. Build Your Own Volcano – You can purchase a kit to help you with the form of the volcano or use paper mache to make your own. You can also recreate the explosion using diet coke.

4. Build A Bird Feeder – Building a bird feeder is a great hands on project that will pay out in dividends later. You can experiment with different foods and track what birds come and go through each season of the year.

5. Kitchen Science – You can do things like generate electricity using a lemon, launch a rocket with vinegar, write invisible messages and more!

6. Build a Robot –  I am amazed at the modular robotics kits, solar kits, and more that you can purchase now. These give kids a chance to build and explore. Some even have the capability of letting your child pilot them via Bluetooth!

7. Build A Rocket – I remember going to rocket and science camp as a kid during the summer! It was so much fun. My husband and I started doing rocketry with the kids while we were camping. You can head to your local hobby store to get all that you need.

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10 Halloween Math Problems

10 Halloween Math Problems from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Making math fun can really go a long way to helping kids learn it. Using holidays as a stemming point for interesting math problems can be a great way to work on math and have it seem less like work.

Halloween Math Problems

I have given a few examples of some math problems you can easily create to get your kids going. You can easily adapt these to create more problems to work with! You can even have them try to create some on their own.

Addition/Subtraction

1. Chloe and Megan went on a haunted hayride. They got scared by 5 monsters and 8 zombies. How many times get they get scared?

2. Connor and Nick went to a pumpkin patch over the weekend. Connor picked 3 pumpkins and Nick picked 4. How many pumpkins did they pick all together?

3. John’s mom made 25 Halloween cookies. John had his friend Joe over to play. John ate 2 Halloween cookies and Joey ate 4 Halloween cookies. How many cookies were left?

4. Cindy and Cathy are trick or treating. If Cindy has 15 treats in her bag and Cathy only has 8, how many more treats does Cathy need to have the same number as Cindy?

Multiplication

5. There are 26 children in Mrs. Jones classroom. Mrs. Jones gave each child 1 cupcake, 2 cookies, and  6 candy corns. How many Halloween treats did Mrs. Jones give out all together?

6. 8 children went trick or treating. Each child got 18 pieces of candy. How many pieces did they get all together?

7. As the witch was flying around on her broomstick she saw 12 different bats. She went out 4 times and saw the same number of bats each time. How many bats did she all together?

8. There are 10 pumpkins in the row you are in at the pumpkin patch. If there are 50 rows of pumpkins each with 10 pumpkins in it, how many pumpkins are at the pumpkin patch?

Pre-Algebra/Algebra

9. After trick or treating, Wendy’s dad told her to save 25 pieces of candy, consisting of chocolate, hard candy, and suckers. She saves 7 suckers and 10 hard candies.  How many pieces of chocolate does she save?

10. You have 15 candy bars. If you started with 5 candy bars, how many did you have to trade for to get a total of 15?

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Why Precalculus + Help

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One of the scary things for me as a homeschool mom was getting in to upper level math. As if Algebra wasn’t bad enough, what was I to do about precalculus?

Why Precalculus?

Precalculus is more than the course you take before calculus. Precalculus give you the background for the mathematical concepts, problems, issues, and techniques that appear in calculus, including trigonometry, function, complex numbers, vectors, and matrices.

Precalculus is another math stepping stone, to skip it would mean losing out on some of your mathematical maturity. It is another means for developing your problem solving skills and strategies for moving into calculus.

Precalculus is used in such careers as engineers (mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc), any physics or chemistry related field pharmaceutical scientists, and safety engineers.

Precalculus Help

I have two suggestion for help with precalculus.

  1. Cheat Sheets – now I am not implying that you or your student should be cheating in any sense of the word. What I am saying is that there are many awesome reference sheets for the various levels of mathmetics that include pertinant information and formulas for that level. Precalculus is no different. A simple Internet search turns up a plethora of options for you to print and use!
  2. Outside Teaching/Instruction – Seek someone else to do the teaching or instruction for you. While each family is different and has different budgets and needs, you can seek outside assistance for the most troublesome subject areas. You can see a Precalculus clip about Functions and Polynomials.


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15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers

15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers from Standard Deviants Accelerate Have you ever heard of STEM? STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers

  1. Gears – experiment with different gears and how they operate.
  2. Peg Boards – These help kids with color recognition, sorting and counting.
  3. Sorting toys – There are many different ones that can help with colors, numbers, shapes, and more.
  4. Mixing and Measuring – weather with a toy or just by working in the kitchen.
  5. Sand and Water Table – by one or make one! You can simply use two low height bins 0 one for water and one for sand. Give them some cups for measuring and pouring too.
  6. Building Blocks – From basic wood, to plastic, and all shapes and types, building sets allow for exploration in spatial relationships, eye hand coordination, and more.
  7. Marble Run/Maze Toys – you can buy these in wood or plastic and can even make them with pool noodles! Simply cut pool noodles in half the long way and use duct tape to tape them together. Start them up on a chair, wind them around, and off you go!
  8. Cash Register – a toy cash register and money is great for money and counting and kids love to play store!
  9.  A Balance – kids can find out how things weigh and compare the results using a balance
  10. Kitchen Scale – Get a basic kitchen scale and let you kids weigh objects in your home. They can see which things weigh more or less!
  11. Abacus – with an abacus kids can learn simple math skills, patterns, and sequencing.
  12. Microscope – how about a kids microscope to let them explore the science world around them, up close!
  13. Pattern Blocks – they can create larger shape using their imagination or follow the given patterns to create fun patterns and images.
  14. Puzzles – All shapes and sizes allow for hand eye coordination
  15. Life Cycle Kits – watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, raise a ladybug from larvae or raise a tadpole into a frog.

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4 Ways to Use Dice for Math

4 Ways to Use Dice for Math from Standard Deviants Accelerate
If your house is anything like mine, you have at least one child who HATES MATH! Unfortunately this can greatly affect their ability to learn the math concepts set out before them. One way to make math more fun is to use dice for math.

Use Dice for Math

1. Highest Tower

Use any building material you want. Things like Legos, pennies, wooden blocks, popsicle sticks, and Keva Planks work well. Have players roll a pair of dice and add the two numbers. The player gets that number in building materials if the dice are added correctly and uses them to build a tower. Go through 10 or 15 rounds. The player with the tallest  tower at the end wins. You can also choose to playing by subtracting.

2. Dice Wars

Based on the card game by the same name, this is a fun and easy dice game that can be modified to teach addition, subtraction and multiplication skills. Have each player roll one die. The player with the highest number goes first.

Each player rolls two dice. The numbers on both dice are added together to come up with an individual player’s score. The player with the highest scoring combination wins the round.

Winning rounds can be noted on a pad of paper with a tally mark under the winning player’s name, or with counters such as beads, rocks, or pennies.

Play a set number of rounds and have players add up their counter or tally marks at the end to come up with a winner.

Note: Play with one dice for younger children or more dice for a greater challenge. You can even practice place value skills by having players create a double-digit number from the rolled dice.

3. Math Vocabulary & Number Sense

This game requires the players to have the list to go by, or someone to call out the tasks. It can be fun to have someone player the “announcer” who will roll the dice and call out the directions. Large foam dice can add to the fun as well. Once the dice are rolled, the announcer calls out the task. Then the first person to show the right answer wins the point.

You can use scrap paper, chalk boards, or dry erase boards for each players work space. The “announcer” can keep the points tally on a piece of paper.

Some tasks to get you started:

  • Write the sum in word form.
  • What is the difference of the two numbers?
  • Make a fraction using the lower digit as the numerator.
  • What is ten more than the product of the two digits?
  • Write the numbers between the two digits.
  • Create the highest (or lowest) number you can.

4. Pig

Pig uses mental math. The goal of Pig is to be the first player to get to 100 (or any number you decide to set at the start of the game). You need a pair of dice, and paper and pencil for scoring.

The first player rolls the dice, calculates the sum (mentally), then rolls again if he or she wants to. The next sum is added to the first. The player can roll as often as s/he wants to before play goes to the next turn. However…

If a 1 comes up on one of the dice before the player decides to stop rolling, the player scores 0 for that round. The play goes to the next player. Or even worse, if a 1 comes up on both of the dice, the turn ends and the player’s entire total falls to 0.

What math games do you play with dice?

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Homeschool Math with Gummy Bears

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What’s a simple way to make practicing math problems a little extra fun? Try adding gummy bears! Gummy bears are super easy to incorporate into lots of different math problem practice activities. Here are a few fun suggestions:

  • For your little ones: Have them practice simple addition and subtraction using gummy bears as physical models or simply have them count how many of each color there are. If you’ve already started working on fractions they can determine what portion of all the gummy bears that each color represents.
  • Moving on up: Lay out different numbers of gummy bears in the form of equations. Have your child multiply or divide the numbers of gummy bears. Using the candy makes it super simple to come up with endless equations, because giving your child a new equation is as simple as rearranging the bears.
  • Extra possibilities: Get creative with the gummy bears, assign different colors different numerical values, or move on to algebraic problems! You can also have your child record all of these activities for future reference, or just so that you can go over their answers later.

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Practical Math in Everyday Life

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Practical math is math that is used in the real world on a daily basis. Math that everyone should be able to do and will help with simple tasks. Teaching your kids this type of math can take a much different form than teaching them algebra or statistics, or anything like that. So, we’ve got a few great examples to get you started. Check them out:

  • If you go out to eat, have your kids calculate the tip. You can have them practice with different percentages and have them round up or down for extra practice. You can also just do this at home by giving them hypothetical bill totals.
  • Have your kids create a budget based on a standard set of numbers. These should include salary and typical expenses like food, transportation, and the like. Your kids will have to double check to make sure all of the numbers add up properly and can see real-life examples of how money is portioned out in budgets.
  • Give your kids a hypothetical (or real if you’d like) party to host. Have them calculate how much food they will need based on a certain number of guests, how much different materials like decorations would cost, how much time they’d need to prepare, and other relevant calculations.
  • If you make a weekly meal plan, have your kids go over it with you and calculate the cost of food per week. You can even take them through the grocery store with you so that they can check out the prices of each item you buy. You can also just give them a basic grocery list and approximate costs to use for their calculations.

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Homeschooling Difficult Math Topics

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Math just seems to be one of those subjects that people either love or hate. To some people, it comes naturally, for others it can take a lot of extra effort. So, what do you do when you’re not a math person and you’re trying to teach your child math?  Or your kids reach high school and you simply can’t remember those complex concepts you learned over ten years ago? It will be difficult, but there are many things you can do to make teaching math a bit easier. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep your child’s learning style in mind: People talk a lot about learning styles, and with good reason! If you try and teach your child in a way that’s simply not suited to their learning preferences, it’s going to take a lot longer and be a lot harder on the both of you. Math might not seem like a subject suited to many learning styles, but you just have to get creative! With auditory learners, talk through concepts and problems with your child and encourage them to talk through them as well. Cut out numbers are a great way to tackle math problems with kinesthetic learners in everything from addition to algebra.
  • Fake it ‘til you make it: This is a common saying, but it really works well for this topic. Staying positive in the face of tackling math is key. If you seem like you dread teaching it, your child is a lot less likely to enjoy it and succeed at it. Start every math lesson with a positive outlook. You’ll be surprised how quickly going through the motions becomes real enjoyment and success.
  • Slow and steady wins the race: Don’t feel like you have to plow through math material with your child. Most math requires starting with fundamental basics and building on top of those as you progress. Make sure your child is completely comfortable with each concept before moving forward. It may seem like slow-going at times, but it will be totally worth it when you don’t have to go over basics again once you get to harder concepts.
  • Relax. If you just can’t tackle math as well as you’d like to, or if you think your child would benefit from some math activities outside of your teaching, don’t be afraid to seek out supplements! We’re all human, and no one expects you to be a perfect teacher in every subject – after all, as a homeschool parent, you tackle a lot more on a daily basis than most people could!
  • We’re here to help! Standard Deviants Accelerate offers supplemental learning in several math subjects. With fun videos, a wide range of activities, and comprehensive analysis of progress for you to monitor, we can help fill in all of the blanks – and give your vocal chords some well-deserved rest!

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Homeschool Math: Multiplication Game

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Practicing multiplication tables can seem a bit repetitive and boring to your children, this activity is a perfect way to solve that problem while still get them to practice! It’s simple and fun and hardly requires any materials at all. Check it out:

  • What you need: All you’ll need for this activity is one piece of square paper and something to write with. Super simple!
  • What to do:
  1. Make your cootie catchers: If you’ve never made one of these before, it’s pretty easy to learn. Start with your square piece of paper and fold each of its corners into the center. Really press the edges down so that the paper retains the shape. Next, turn it upside down and fold the corners into the center again. Now, fold the paper in half (think like a hot dog). Place your fingers under the outer flaps and practice moving it around. That’s it!
  2. Multiplication: On each of the outer flaps write a number. Then, on each of the 8 inner triangles, write three numbers (ex. 2, 4, 6 or 10, 20, 30). On the other side of these flaps, write out the corresponding multiplication problems. For example, if the outermost flap said “2” and the inner triangle read “2, 4, 6,” the innermost section would read, “2×2, 2×4, 2×6.” Have your child pick an outside number and move the cootie catcher in and out that number of times. Then, they should pick one of the inner sections and answer the questions underneath. Play this as much as you like!

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Homeschool Math: Christmas Tree Geometry Craft

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Trying to squeeze in some more Christmas activities before the week is over? We’ve got a great Christmas-themed math project for you to try. Check it out:

  1. What you’ll need: String, tacks, some sort of hard surface like styrofoam or cardboard, pencils, a ruler, and a protractor.
  2. What to do: First have your child draw the outline of a Christmas tree on whatever hard surface you have chosen to use. Then using their protractor and ruler, have them draw lines from all along  the bottom of the tree to the top point, labeling the angles as they go. Then place one tack at the top point of the tree and a tack at the start of each line on the bottom of the tree. Using the string connect each bottom tack to the top tack and watch your tree fill out! When you’re done, feel free to have your child decorate their tree however they like.
  3. What they’ll learn: This is just a simple and fun way for your child to explore angles. Especially if they’re just starting to learn geometry, this is a great way for them to learn how different angles look as they get farther away from a starting point.

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