How to Use This Course
Doodles Do Math is all about helping kids learn the mental math skills they need to succeed in higher math in the future. It is based on the teaching methodology and sequence that teachers used in the 1700s and 1800s in America and answers the question, “Why do I have to learn this?”
This course includes the student work pages, teacher’s notes, and answer key. This series is focused heavily on notes to the teacher so you are equipped to help your child learn and comprehend math, even if math wasn’t your favorite subject at their age! Alternatives for teaching each lesson are provided so that you can adjust the material to fit your child. No matter how your child learns and understands math best, you’ll find suggestions here.
All of us, at one time or another, have asked, “But why do I have to know this?” This curriculum is designed to eliminate those questions. Children begin solving real life problems that get progressively harder, perhaps even pushing your own limits of concentration. But, our instructor guarantees your child will breeze through the material! At the end of this book, the concept of the unknown as a way to keep track of the bits and parts of a problem is introduced. Then your child will fully understand why they are learning algebra, not just how to do the problems.
The Story Behind Doodles Do Math
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. And now that they have successfully completed the lessons, I am sharing them with you.
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