3 Ways to Help ADHD Kids Learn Math

Nothing in our homeschooling journey has made me cry more than trying to teach my 14 year old daughter math. There have been tears, frustrations, sulky looks, and harsh words — and a good portion of them were my own. (And then there were more tears because I’m not proud of that.) It’s not entirely Arielle’s fault, though. Her brain and her body are not cooperating. They are actually working together against her, in spite of her best efforts. The only part that actually falls on her is saying “I can’t” and giving up. Though I’ve always suspected she has some attention

Reinforcing Life of Fred Math – Middle School

You know we love Life of Fred Math. I’ve raved about Life of Fred before, about how much we love it, about how amazing these books are.  We’ve also discussed one of the concerns I frequently hear about Life of Fred – the obvious lack of practice work, AKA “busy work.” It’s true, Life of Fred doesn’t give timed practice sheets, or much in the way of “practice” at all. The “practice” comes through the doing of the lesson and, once you hit the middle school age, through the Bridges (quizzes) you have to pass to continue on. So in

Doctor Who Mnemonic for Long Division

Doctor Who Mnemonic for Long Division Looking for a good mnemonic for long division? For some reason, long division is a thorn in the side for many kids when they first learn it. My 13 year old is still having trouble keeping all the steps straight. It’s a little harder for her since she has trouble focusing and recalling facts and formulas. So we need a mnemonic, right? Something that can help her remember and recite the steps of “Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down.” Something that can help her progress through the division problem one piece at a time. More than

If Your Kids Get Stuck In Life of Fred Math

Math gets a bad rap as being one of the hardest things to teach. And no lie, it can be difficult. Math gets progressively harder and harder, and there are already several things in my oldest daughter’s math book that I never learned or don’t remember. On the other hand, math is very orderly. It’s very clear, very black and white, right or wrong. (Other things, like creative writing, aren’t so cut and dry.) So when your child is struggling, it’s usually very easy to see where they’re going “wrong” in the process, what they need to work on, and

Conquering Pre-Algebra With Uzinggo Online Math (Review)

**This is a compensated review. Find my full disclosure at the end of this post. Enter to win a math & science membership below.** We have a nemesis in this house. Its name is Math. My 13 year old has never liked math, never excelled at it, always worked at it, and we’ve been through a variety of math materials to help her succeed as best she can. She does not like math. Frustratingly, last year’s Pre-Algebra book didn’t get her very far. We’re beginning this school year feeling… behind. We need math help. So it’s for this reason that

Why We Love Horizons Math For Our Busy Learners – A Review

Ever since an Alpha Omega representative took time to comment on my post “Horizons Versus Lifepac,” we’ve been sold. It’s a really good fit for my Drama Queen who grasps the math concepts fairly quickly and easily but tires of a math lesson that drags on too long or gets too repetitive. Imagine my surprise (not) when her younger brother turned out to be the exact same way? So here we go on Horizons Math, Round 2! My “math-genius-I-might-be-biased” son and his short attention span work well with the short, colorful sections and the spiraling content. I love it when