All posts tagged: Mathematics

check out this biblical math resource, via lagarfias.com

Revealing Arithmetic: Math Concepts From a Biblical Worldview

Homeschoolers are convinced that math is important, but we may not consider teaching math from a biblical perspective. Katherine Loop tells us why we must – and how we can – in Revealing Arithmetic: Math Concepts from a Biblical Worldview. Just as creation science is wholly different in its origins and application, biblical arithmetic is also distinctively different from humanistic mathematics. Katherine explains the imperatives of teaching God’s constancies and principles through our mathematics instructions and of using biblical principles to guide how we use our math in daily life. She points out the humanism hidden in secular and even Christian math textbooks and contrasts that with the truths God clearly declares in His Word. Revealing Arithmetic is the perfect reference work to assist homeschoolers teaching math to students of all ages. Whatever curriculum you are using, this book explains math concepts in clear, easy-to-understand principles from the Word of God. Each chapter begins with the biblical origins and application of an elementary arithmetic concept (counting, addition, fractions, etc.). Next, Katherine shares the historical context of …

What should a #homeschool mom read? via lagarfias.com

Mommie Ed

It is important for Mommies to read and study. Whether we home-educate or not, we are responsible for training our next generation. That is a hefty responsibility for Mommies to shoulder, and bears careful consideration. Daily, I feel unequal to the task. Particularly as my children grow older – and the conversations become deeper – the well from which I draw must be running fresh with great ideas, clear thoughts, and crisp principles. I am constantly reading and studying to maintain perspective and to offer a living example of what I endeavor to teach: wisdom comes from life-long learning of God’s Ways. I cannot over-state the importance of self-education in the role of training my children.

How could you possibly teach physics? via lagarfias.com

Can You Teach Physics?

When most homeschoolers hear physics they often panic or despair. When I was the homeschool student, I asked my parents for physics, because I had “science-phobia,” yet I enjoyed math.  Already, my oldest son is looking forward to studying physics himself and has read all the physics books in our public library. So I was delighted when I met Cindy Bianucci at my homeschool support group, a fellow homeschool mother with an engineering degree and a passion for teaching physics. Besides teaching the course for homeschool co-ops, Cindy has recently written an article to encourage homeschool mothers to explore this subject at home with their own children. So, the word physics has entered your homeschool conversations as of late, and you’re a bit stumped as to what to do with it? Yes, you could ignore it, but that wouldn’t be in the best interest of your child. Your child is nearing an age where it may be an option, but does he/she need it? And if so, how will you teach it? How could you …

How can you apply the Bible to every subject? via lagarfias.com

Q&A – Applying Every Subject

A couple of months ago, I answered common questions on the biblical Trivium method of homeschooling and presented a simple way to understand it. One of my friends left the following comment, quoting from my post: “Subjects are studied on a literal level and applied to how we live, behave, and believe today, making no subject a dead or boring subject.” I would really like to hear you expound on this a bit more. I haven’t been able to get the Bluedorn’s book yet, but have been intrigued by what you have shared. However, I must admit that I am a bit confused as to how the above statement is actually “walked out”. One of the criticisms of classical education is the dry, rote memorization in the early “grammar” stage. One of the main differences between humanist classical educators and biblical classicists is application of Scriptural truth throughout all three stages of learning. Indeed, every subject the child studies should conform to biblical truth and impact his life for eternity. 1. Bible This subject is …

Easy activities to teach math skills to your young child, via lagarfias.com

List for Literal Math

In my article yesterday from Home School Enrichment, “Literal Math for Little Minds,” the follow-up to the previous “Too Young for Math?: The How and Why of Early Math Education,” I discuss in greater detail the necessity of literal math for young children. The key for the home educator is to lay aside the workbooks and teach young ones the reality of math principles in their own environment. From my archives, here is a sample list of suggestions to get you started thinking “outside the workbook.”  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of must-do’s or an assignment list for well-trained mathematicians.  But perhaps the list will get you started playing with math in your house, too! ~ Point out shapes in household objects (circle plates, rectangle tables, etc.). Draw items based on similar shapes. ~ Count how many shoes are in the house, lining them up single file.  Then, place them in pairs and count them by twos.  Finally, put them all away in their proper room, and count them in each …