Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Grasping Math Concepts
Learning math concepts can be...well...a bit confusing and a little frustrating. Learning math facts and memorizing formulas as a way to get answers to problems on paper was the way that I learned math when I was in school long, long ago. But, math has to be understood and applied to problems in the real world. Learning how to do that successfully is another problem entirely.
For our home school lessons next year, we will be doing some project-based learning. We will be working on projects where we solve real life problems using math, language arts, art, maybe even history as a means to solving these problems. I've researched some links that I thought had some great projects that we could do next year along with our text book learning...these are all math related...
Buying Your First Home
Middle School or High School:
Pythagorean Theorem and the Distance Formula
The Math Gods: historical research into the contributions of mathmeticians.
Geometry in Art, Architecture and Nature
Math in the Kitchen
When Will I Have Enough Money?
Here is a site, ThinkQuest, full of math projects where you can browse by age:
I'm still researching these sites and others not listed here. If you find more, please leave a link in the comments. I'll be updating this post as I find more sites.
Happy Home Schooling!