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Math, the Charlotte Mason Way

“Mathematics depend upon the teacher rather than the textbook and few subjects are worse taught; chiefly because teachers have seldom time to give the inspiring ideas... which should quicken the imagination. How living would Geometry become in the light of the discovers of Euclid as he made them!”
~ Charlotte Mason

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Many children, when learning to read, are encouraged by their teachers to retell all they remember about a story in order to build their comprehension skills. But can similar comprehension strategies be applied to mathematics? Researchers at North Carolina State University say that when teachers work with kids to talk through math problems, kids do a better job of absorbing and understanding the content.

“Current methods of teaching math -- with examples and activities -- are important, but we're neglecting the communications component around it,” say Dr. Paola Sztajn, professor of mathematics education at NC State. “Helping children verbally work through math problems and articulate problem solving is an important aspect of their understanding.”

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Great resource: Khan Academy

Mastering Basic Math Facts        Multiplication volume            Bedtime Math

The Man Who Counted                    The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Archimedes and the Door of Science                    The Grapes of Math

The Mystery of the Periodic Table             Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream

Mathematicians are People, Too (Vol. 1) 

Mathematicians are People, Too (Vol. 2) 

Classic Math: History Topics                 Spaghetti and Meatballs for All  

The King's Chessboard          Math Fables             Math for All Seasons

Math-Terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving (art)         How Big is a Foot

Riddle-Iculous Math       One Hundred Hungry Ants         Two of Everything

Each Orange Had 8 Slices                    What Comes in 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s?

Grandma's Button Box and other Math Matters series

Women and Numbers                 The Math Curse               Sir Cumference

Leonard of Pisa: Fibonacci                     Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Mathematics: The Science of Patterns            What Is Mathematics?

Math Games and Activities from Around the World 

Math Through the Ages              Young Mathematicians at Work

What's Math Got to Do With It?                   The Language of Mathematics

Mathematics and the Physical World                      Life by the Numbers

Mathematics and Humor        Joy of Mathematics        Algebra Unplugged

The Measure of All Things (history of metric system)     The Calculus Gallery

What Is Quantum Mechanics: A Physics Adventure 

Piece of the Mountain: Pascal        The Ocean of Truth: Sir Isaac Newton 

The Boy Who Loved Math: Paul Erdos             Women in Mathematics

Euler: The Master of Us All                The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI 

Concepts of Modern Mathematics         Fermat's Enigma

In Code: A Mathematical Journey (modern-day Irish girl)

My Brain Is Open: Mathematical Journey of Paul Erdos

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Ramanujan 

The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved          Remarkable Mathematicians

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea 

Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics

Which Door Has the Cadillac: Adventures of a Mathematician

Of Men and Numbers: Story of Great Mathematicians

Fantasia Mathematica                                 The Mathematical Magpie

The Devil and Tom Walker                Men of Mathematics (high school level)

Japanese Abacus: Its Use and Theory                    Elementary Algebra

Mathematics: A Human Endeavor                     Introduction to Logic

Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding       I Think, Therefore I Laugh

Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Enigma--Robert Harris (HS, about a mathematician in WWII)

Number-Talks narrating math
base ten set for place value
math games activities from around the world
Each Orange had 8 slices math picture book
Math-Wise hands on activities that promote math understanding
basic math facts multiplication and division
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