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One of the best things you can do for your homeschooler to become a better mathematician is to ensure they show their math work. I will give you some …

One of the best things you can do for your homeschooler to become a better mathematician is to ensure they show their math work. I will give you some …

So how do you grade your homeschoolers math quiz? First make sure that the quiz you are giving your child is on skills that they were taught. This may …

An important decision for homeschoolers is to decide if their child will take algebra 2 or geometry after completing algebra 1. Most schools will teach geometry after algebra 1 …

So you picked your curriculum and you’re ready to start a new year of homeschooling math. Of course your goal is to start off the year with a lot …

One of my favorite moves is “Apollo 13”. I love this movie for so many reasons but especially for the parts where they show the NASA engineers using their …

As a homeschooling parent you take on a wide variety of educational responsibilities. You are much more than a “curriculum” manager you are a teacher, mentor, classmate, tutor and …

After a tour as an enlisted US Marine I went to college on a NROTC scholarship.

Successful homework is about quality not quantity. I’m a big believer in the value of homework but not the “drill and kill” type that makes a student do 100 …

In today’s competitive environment parents should do everything they can to help their child get top SAT/ACT scores. College entrance exams scores are critical for college acceptance and scholarships …

Over the years I have supported countless homeschool families all over the country. It has been a great pleasure to get to know all these families and help them …

Sometimes during the education of our children they will need a tutor. I would say that math is the subject where students end up needing a tutor the most. …

So what’s so sad you ask about homeschooling? Well nothing exactly however there is this one “thing” that bugs me and I find it a little sad. Ok so …

Course placement for homeschoolers is often a huge and scary task- “what course should my child be taking?”. So if you have stressed this question you should not …

One of the latest trends in education is “flipping” a classroom. Before I explain what flipping a classroom is I want you to know that it’s one of many …

Once upon a time I was a young 18 year old US Marine. That was 28 years ago! Wow I’m getting old. Anyways after surviving boot camp which was …

If you homeschool you know is can be expensive. Unlike traditional schools you have to obtain your curriculum for your child making homeschooling much more financially challenging for many families. Of …

One of the biggest challenge with so many students is retention. The topic is huge in education and there are no perfect solutions to solve all retention problems. However …

As a homeschooler you should know how to construct your own basic lesson plans. The format I teach you below is a standard teacher’s lesson plan and the most …

Each year homeschoolers choose a homeschool math curriculum. The challenge can be easy and smooth or difficult and frustrating. Even the most experienced homeschoolers can struggle with math curriculum …

Much of mathematics involves memorizing rules and procedures. Often times these procedures we learn are not very hard but because we have to memorize many steps and rules it’s …

The mean, median and mode are all part of the basics concepts of statistics. Many students tend to confuse the respective terms so I thought I would speak on …

After completing my math degree I severed in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. In one of my tours I served as an Engineering Power Plant Officer.

Have you or your child used a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel? If so you have likely organized data into rows and columns like the example spreadsheet below. As …

Finding the slope of a line is a very important skill that all middle and high school students need to master. In order to find the slope students follow …

Mathematics is a language of many words and symbols. When studying Geometry we come across many new words and one of the most important is “postulate”. As such I …

What’s wrong with the fraction 1000/2000? Well nothing technically or mathematically speaking however it’s not a simple number- why not just call it 1 / 2 it would save …

Can you divide a number by zero? Answer: NO. Now it’s easy to make the mistake of trying to divide a number by zero as sometimes we work with …

Mathematics is a language that is structured by many properties. One property that students need to comprehend is the Transitive Property. Before we go any further let’s review the …

Unless you have ever been a teacher you don’t realize how challenging it is. It’s just like trying to explain what it’s like to be a parent with someone …

One of the biggest topics we study in algebra is polynomials.

Oh yes the wonderful world of fractions! Most students hate dealing with them but I have good news for those restless students!

One of the most important skills for high school level math is the ability to factor. Much of the factoring Algebra 1 and 2 students focus on is factoring …

A common misunderstanding of students when they start learning how to work with positive and negative numbers is dealing with the negative of a negative number situation (see below …

One of the most basic abilities we have as humans is our ability to count. We can visualize and see various number of objects in our physical world and …

Last week I purchased a TI-84 Plus calculator for my son. He is taking both Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics. His AP Stats teacher said it was a requirement to …

After your homeschooler finishes Pre-Algebra they will be taking Algebra 1. Most students will notice that Algebra 1 goes over many of the topics that they learned in Pre-Algebra. …

Want a real life activity for your young kid to practice math? Well get out that Sunday newspaper and open up the coupon section. As you scan through the …

Recently I was working with a student and once again saw one of the most common mistakes made in algebra. Actually it’s a mistake that has its roots when …

So, what is better homeschool or public school? Well the answer depends on you and your child. As a former public school teacher I had the privilege of educating …

How much do you know about the new common core curriculum standards? Well if you don’t know that much you need to get informed ASAP because it is changing …

One of the best things you can do to help you with your busy day is to set deadlines. There is a key time management principal that states our …

Ok, I must confess the title of this post should be, “things to avoid to ace your math class!” but I purposely titled the post to grab your attention …

On multiple choice questions the best place to start is by looking at the answers. Often times you can eliminate answers or pick up clues on how to select …

Before I became a math teacher I managed chemical production plant operations. Moreover before I worked in chemical plants I was a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy …

What a crazy question “how to ask a math question?” – of course you just ask it! Well yes you could just fire away and ask math questions to …

Many homeschooling parents have children with ADD/ADHD. Homeschooling a child is challenging enough so homeschooling a child with ADD/ADHD will likely be even more difficult. When I taught middle …

We all had those days that nothing goes right. When your bad day comes from homeschooling your child in math you want to reflect on what happened so the …

So is your child gifted in math? The question is difficult to answer because all students are smart in their own ways. Moreover so many “average” math students have …

Experience is the best teacher. As such I want to share with you lessons that I have learned over the years when it comes to teaching young people mathematics. …

So how do you take good notes? Just write down everything the teacher writes. Well sort of but good note taking takes work. Note taking is a skill and …

Despite what you may think math teachers are not perfect in math. Actually, all teachers have to work for years to develop their knowledge and skills. Math teachers in …

As a homeschooler you have taken on a huge responsibility for the education of your child. Basically, you have accepted to get directly involved in all aspects of a …