Math

The Arithmetic Primer

Today we have this excellent vintage arithmetic primer by Frank Hall for grades 1 and 2, outlining two full years of concepts, lessons and examples for younger students.

From the introduction:

The Primer of Arithmetic is not made up mainly of graded miscellaneous problems. It is built on a plan. Each four-page group constitutes the larger unit of the plan. Twenty-seven presentations of this gradually changing unit make up the book. In the first eleven groups the page units are as follows:
1st page – New number facts
2nd page – Number facts applied to linear measurements
3rd page – Number facts applied to surface measurements
4th page – The “Elementary Spiral” (a problem in each of the five fundamental processes), followed by miscellaneous problems
In the remainder of the book, the 1st and 4th pages of each group are similar to the corresponding pages of the first eleven groups. The 2nd page teaches the application of primary facts to the larger numbers. The 3rd page deals with solid, surface, linear, and capacity measurements.

Great guide for introducing arithmetic to primary students!

To download this PDF scanned from the original text, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your Mac.

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Bedtime Math

Bed Time Math‘s motto is  “Making math a fun part of kid’s everyday lives.”

This neat site offers an intriguing daily article along with math problems for three levels of learners. It’s a fun change of pace and a painless way to challenge your kids with a fun problem each day. And it doesn’t HAVE to be at bedtime. Any convenient time you want to add a little math to your day will work.

From the website description:

Don’t sweat it.  Bedtime Math hopes to be part of your daily routine, but if you’re having one of those days that started with the toilet overflowing, don’t worry.  Bedtime Math problems are here when you want them, when you’re ready.

It’s not official.  Bedtime Math isn’t an official “curriculum.”  It’s just a fun chance for kids to do math in their heads, so someday when they’re shopping and everything’s 20% off, they can figure out the sale price before the store closes.

Take it by the horns.  While Bedtime Math loves mental math, it’s totally cool to use paper and pencil when needed.  And if your child wants to tackle a harder BMP, go for it!  You can walk your kids through the steps if they’re stuck, and they’ll be excited to wrestle hard with something and get the answer.

Simmer down.  The BMPs aim to be fun and lively, but they won’t keep your kids from falling asleep.  In our experience, math can get kids to sit still, focus, and quiet down.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

 

Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Classic Picture books, Critical Thinking, Lesson Plans, Living Books, Math, Physics, Science

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science

Using Children’s Literature to Teach Science by Patricia Bishop McKean (PDF ebook with multiple PDF files)

Patricia Bishop McKean compiled this wonderful ebook that pairs great picture books / young reader books (including such classics as Stellaluna, Follow the Drinking Court, Swimmy, Curious George, Morris’s Disappearing Bag and many more) with hands-on activities that demonstrate basic science concepts to young students. Subjects covered in the activities include earth science, astronomy, math, ecology, physics, chemistry, and process skills. It’s a great approach that makes both the stories AND the science lessons much more memorable.

From her introduction:

Each children’s picture book is linked to a simple, basic science activity. By showing teachers how to “hook” their students by reading a familiar or new story and then doing a related hands-on, minds-on science activity, I have helped teachers feel more comfortable with teaching science.  Sometimes the story comes before the activity, and sometimes it comes after the activity. The activity will stand alone, as will the reading of the story, but if the hook captivates the mind of the student, the memory of the science concept should last in the student’s mind.

About the format:

Each book & accompanying science activity has its own PDF file, so there’s lots of PDFs to download here, making it a little more complicated than just downloading a single PDF file. But it is worth the effort. Check it out and see if you don’t agree. Use the menu on the site to navigate between sections of the collection.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

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Master Math

MasterMath.info has 135 middle school math lessons available for 6th, 7th and 8th grade math plus Algebra 1.  Each lesson includes a 12 – 20 minute video lesson, a worksheet, an answer sheet, a self-grading quiz showing corrections for missed problems, and a link to another web-resource that will help the student “master” the concept. All of this is free-of-charge, and they have a paid option for one-on-one online tutoring if your students need it.

Click here to go to the site!

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Math in English

Math in English has a large collection of remedial math resources including downloadable/printable worksheets and workbooks, number puzzles, online math games and math videos. There’s a whole series of math practice workbooks for grades 1 through 6, with progressively harder problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and more, available in PDF. The clip art they use is pretty lame, but the actual worksheets are just fine.

To go to the website, CLICK HERE!

Lesson Plans, Literature, Math, Nature Studies, Science

Eclectic Homeschooling Unit Studies

The creator of Eclectic Homeschooling has a great page filled with geography, history, Bible, fine arts and English unit studies she has put together over the years while homeschooling her kids. These have lots of book suggestions and tons of hands-on activities that are kid-friendly ways to learn about each subject in-depth.

Here’s what she has to say about these studies:

We love unit studies around here and over the years I have put together lots of different studies for my kids.  I’ve compiled them all into one big list.  Some of them have taken us an entire school year to finish and some have taken 3-4 weeks.  We usually have several going at once.

These studies aren’t intended to incorporate lots of different subjects, but are designed to cover one topic in depth without the limitations that come with needing to cover all of the subjects in one topic.  So if we study a country we explore it in a way that help my kids connect with the subject.  I don’t concern myself with my child needing to show understanding through writing about the topic.  We learn and discover together and discuss as we go.

Lots of great ideas and interesting study topics here!

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

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Ray’s Arithmetic – PDF textbooks AND video lessons

Paul Ramirez created this great site that is dedicated to providing online access — free of charge — to the entire contents of Ray’s New Arithmetic: Primary, Intellectual and Practical (the first three volumes in the series) – in both PDF format AND video lessons to accompany each lesson.

Here’s what he has to say about Ray’s Arithmetic:

Ray’s was a comprehensive series of public school math textbooks written by Dr. Joseph Ray, and were used widely throughout the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America. Students can gain a solid foundation in mathematics by learning from one of the most successful, popular and longest-running sets of textbooks ever published.  (How many textbooks can you say that about?!)What’s so special about offering FREE online access to these books (downloadable PDFs)? Nothing.  Other sites do that.  However, this site, in addition to the free PDFs also offers free video lessons based on these textbooks, grades K through 5.  The video lessons are free of charge, available for viewing here and also on our Ray’s Arithmetic You Tube channel.

Also, . .Besides the video on each lesson page, there is also the actual Ray’s Arithmetic lesson included from the book directly below the video. In other words, you don’t even have to go to the printed pages of the book (PDF) to refer to a particular lesson because the lessons themselves are RIGHT ON THE SCREEN!

What does that mean for you? Well, my fellow homeschooling parents, grandparents and advocates/promoters/defenders of educational liberty and academic freedom — and other interested folks who just want to be well-grounded in the fundamentals of mathematics — it means that you now have an easy-to-access, easy-to-use resource for incorporating this classic and very powerful math learning tool into your personal and family study regimen, which has served generations of children well and continues to serve students of all ages well into the 21st century.

To go to the website, CLICK HERE

And HERE’S the page where you can directly download each volume in the series

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Fraction Worksheets Spinner Games

Kids can’t resist spinner games, so yours should really get a kick out of these. WeAreTeachers.com has several neat printable game worksheets that help teach fractions. Their packet of fractions worksheets includes 11 printable games. Students can play the games to practice writing and recognizing fractions, coloring and producing fractions, fraction equivalents, and fraction-decimal conversion.

Use These Easy Homemade Spinners to Practice Fractions

History, Math

Free Subscription to American Heritage Magazine

One of our favorite history publications for the past 50+ years was American Heritage, “the distinguished magazine of history”. Their lavishly illustrated articles on all things American – history, values, ingenuity and culture – are just great.  After ceasing publication of the physical magazine in 2016, it has returned in an online format.  The magazine is currently offering free subscriptions to the new digital version of American Heritage. Subscribers receive free digital issues and newsletters as they are published, plus access to over 7,000 articles and essays in their archives.  The newsletters will be once-a-month emails with history news, reviews, and other items of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

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Dad’s Worksheets

Over the past 10 years, Dad’s Worksheets.com has created over 8,600 printable math worksheets, logic puzzles and math games for students at every level — and makes them available free for printing or downloading on their website. Just about any mathematics topic you can think of can be found here, including all the core math skills, number patterns, measurement & conversions, word problems, geometry, rounding numbers, factorization, and on and on. All worksheets can be printed or saved to PDF.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!