How to Teach Math in your Homeschool

Wondering how to teach Math in your homeschool? Is there a way in which we can be learning Mathematical concepts as we are living math in our every day lives?


Definitely! Learning Math is too often considered to be a subject which is done by using a boring textbook. "What are you using for Homeschool Math?", means, "What book is your child writing in?" But, learning math while living life, is the best initial way to give your child a solid foundation. After all, Math is extremely practical and designed to be a useful tool in our daily lives.

So, how do we go about teaching Math?

How to Teach Math in Language

What is one of the best preschool math activities we can be doing with our little children? Talking to them! It really is that simple. When you begin to think of your day, you will realize that there are numerous times in a day when you would be using Mathematical vocabulary as you discuss, direct, instruct, enjoy things together.

I know you would be doing it already, but let me remind you of the math vocabulary in day to day life. Remind yourself to include these words in your everyday conversations and as you read books.


Mathematics Vocabulary - Primary
Source used: The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Edward Bernard Fry, 1993, Prentice Hall

add

addition

amount

between

billion

both

center

change

column

compare

connect

count

corner

curve/ straight

difference

digit

distance

double

dozen

each

equal

 

 

 

 

 

fact

fewer

figure

fraction

graph

greater/less than

group

half

horizontal

inside

join

least

many

match

measure

middle

miliion

minus

missing

more

 

 

 

 

 

most

negative

number

number line

opposite

order

pair

pattern

plus

positive

problem

rounded number

row

same

sequence

sharing

set

similar

simple

single

 

 

 

 

 

size

solution

solve

some

space

subset

subtract

sum

symbol

table

temperature

thermometer

thousand

times

total

unequal

unit

value

vertical

weight

zero

 

 

 

 

 

Other vocabulary to be used at the preschool age is measurements, money and time.

The vocabulary becomes more specific when using maths texts and so other vocabulary is needed and can be developed accordingly. More math vocabulary would include: addend, capacity, denominator, common denominator, numerator, multiplication, fraction, improper fraction, ordinal numbers, place value, square numbers, decimal and so on.

Using Math in the Real World

Where do we use Math in the real world?

  • Cooking


However, "Living Math", is using life to teach Maths

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