## More About Our Doodles Do Math Homeschool Course

The Doodles Do Math homeschool course includes student work pages, teacher’s notes, and answer keys. This series is focused heavily on notes to equip the parent to help the child learn and comprehend math, even if math wasn’t the parent’s favorite subject at their age! Alternatives for teaching each homeschool math lesson are provided so that the parent can adjust the material to fit the child. No matter how a child learns and understands math best, there are helpful suggestions here.

Everyone at one time or another has asked, “But why do I have to know this?” This Doodles Do Math homeschool curriculum was designed to eliminate those questions. Children begin solving real life problems that get progressively harder, perhaps even pushing their limits of concentration, yet constructed for the child to breeze through the material! At the end of this course, the concept of the unknown as a way to keep track of the bits and parts of a problem is introduced. With this information, the child can fully understand why they are learning algebra, not just how to do the problems.

**The Story Behind Doodles Do Math**

From the Doodles Do Math homeschool course designer, Dr. Kirsten West:

“Doodles Do Math is designed specifically to help you answer the, ‘But, why?’ question for your kids. My children run circles around me every day with questions and ideas, and I want to share my math teaching techniques and tools with you.

There was one particular day filled with math questions from my kids. I was teaching them how to expand certain algebraic fractions into an infinite series, a process which requires long division of polynomials. As I began describing the process to them over lunch, I realized that the first time we talked through long division of polynomials, my kids understood the mechanics, or the ‘how,’ but not the ‘why.’ And so my daughter told me over the dining table that I could explain the ‘how’ until I was blue in the face but that neither she nor her brother would ever remember how to do this type of algebraic math unless I could explain the ‘why.’

I sat back and, asking what they meant, watched as they both picked up bits of chalk and began drawing on our chalkboard. My daughter began talking about infinite series and elephants and drew pictures to illustrate her point. My son agreed with her and piped up with an added example and drew a picture of a spiral based on 1×2 rectangles.

Then came the inevitable twin discussion between them about the downsides of the various math curricula and why the ‘why’ was so important. That afternoon, I sat down to create “Doodles Do Math” for my children.”

Now that Dr. West’s children have successfully completed the lessons, she is sharing them with other homeschool families through SchoolhouseTeachers.com!