Natural Math courses invite parents, teachers, and children to make their own mathematics. Each page has sample activities you can check out, download, and try with your children.
| Ongoing Multiplication Explorers Self-Paced – for families and groups, ages 3 and upMultiplication is our most requested course topic. This course is self-paced, organized into three themes: calculus, algebra, and number sense. We love to read notes from participants explaining why they join, so here are a few:
We give you lots of ideas for adapting them for younger (ages 3-5) and older (13+ ) children. A single activity can take you as little as 10 minutes or as long as a couple of hours, depending on how much your child and you get into it. Multiplication Explorers invites you to master holistic approach to learning multiplication. Memorization based on smart number patterns is a part of it. The course also includes bridges between multiplication and natural world, as well as links to many virtual and imaginary worlds in books, music, technology, art, and games. |
Ongoing Transformers: Matrices and Graphs – for children ages 9-15One week daily, live online, math camp that is a fun way to learn about linear algebra and Cartesian geometry: matrices, graphing, coordinates, and more! Children will…
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Ongoing “Yes, And…” Improving Math Play with Improv – for teachers, parents, and math circle leaders
No matter your situation or past math experiences, you can learn the skill of effectively leading children while letting them make their own math. It may seem unusual, but acting improvisation can help us become more comfortable with open, playful, friendly mathematics! |
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is it too late to sign up for this course?
As of now, you can sign up for Inspired by Calculus (and Multiplication Explorers, but you are already taking it).
Is Multiplication Explorers still open to new people to “use on your own”? Or do you plan on running it again? My daughter and I took the course in the winter and I really like the way it presents multiplication from a conceptual perspective, that it has so much interesting material, and that it can be used for kids of various ages. I’d like to refer it to some homeschooling families but want to be sure what to tell them to expect. Thanks for creating such wonderful resources!
Mona,
Thank you for your kind words. So happy this worked well for you and that you want to recommend it to friends!
We are redesigning the way we run courses. The big MOOC (massive open online courses) model isn’t bad for making content available – if you like the content, and I am glad that you did! But when people join a live course, I think it would be even better to have a much more interactive experience. So we’ll probably have short, sweet live math circles where small groups meet and exchange ideas. These will come with access to more static or self-paced set of materials, like you see in the self-paced Multiplication Explorers.
Long story short, I would say go ahead and invite your friends to sign up for the self-paced version of Multiplication Explorers. It will only help them when we run these math circles to go with it, should they decide to join.
Thanks Maria! I’ll let them know :)
The ‘Playing with Blocks’ COURSE- will the webinar recordings be available for later viewing?
Thanks
Yes, recordings will be available to course participants.
I have a challenged math learner who is homeschooled. She has completed Teaching Textbooks Level 7 & took a placement test that says she needs to go back to the course she completed. The next step with this curriculum is pre-algebra. I came across your site and have some questions on what courses would work for pre-algebra. Ko’s Journey doesn’t say how many lessons are involved or if it would work for a semester of work. Empires says it’s a year long program, but do you recommend Ko’s prior to Empires? Or how would you recommend using the programs if it were for homeschool? Thanks for your help.
Ko’s is about 12 lessons and it focuses on the critical concepts of ratios, proportions, percents, and slope. If you need to go slowly it could be a semester, but most likely it could be completed well in a month at home. There are reflections assignments, that help your student to truly understand the math they are using in the story. Empires is 7th grade and more of a pre-algebra type of work. Ko’s does not have to be done before Empires, it’s really a matter of how comfortable you’d say your child is with the concepts that Ko’s will teach. If you sign up for Ko’s and find it’s not what you need you can switch to Empires instead. Empires touches on all the common core standards for 7th grade math, Ko’s is a supplement to a 6th grade math program. If you can tell from the placement test that your daughter is struggling with the concepts in Ko’s then I’d buy it first. If not, she may be fine to do Empires instead. I hope that helps!
Any guidance on skills needed before trying out the Transformers class? My son is homeschooled. I don’t want to get him started and end up with him getting frustrated.
Hi Karen,
This course assumes understanding of elementary operations (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication) with two-digit numbers. Your son doesn’t need to do that fast or have times tables memorized. It’s also okay to do the course together and help the child. You don’t need any formal algebra or geometry to start.
Inspire by calculus is suitable for which age range?
Inspired by Calculus, which we should have available in a month or so, is for ages 5 and up.
My son is 11, is he too old for this course
Quite a few children who have taken the course before are that age, and they – as well as the adults! – got a lot out of it.