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I've given the home page at a "lift" (new design)... go check it out, see if you like it!

Currclick Cyber Monday freebies

Currclick has 8 + 2 freebies just for today (Cyber Monday)!
One of them is a physics book... I'm downloading it right now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year my kids learned this silly rhyme

A turkey is a silly bird
whose head goes wobble wobble
It only knows this one word
gobble gobble gobble!

Here's a video of kids shouting it... 

Remember also Math Mammoth Thanksgiving sale... all my products are 25% off at Kagi store. See my website for details.

And happy Thanksgiving!

Math Mammoth reviews galore

Click here to read a bunch of recent Math Mammoth reviews, by TOS review crew.

A few highlights:

TOS Review: Math Mammoth from Miscellaneous Musings
"My daughter took a break from her other math curriculum and began focusing just on fractions with the Math Mammoth blue series which includes explanations. About three weeks later she was able to test out of an entire text on fractions"

Review: Math Mammoth from Footprints in the Butter
"And I started this school year completely stressed about what to do with math. So finding out I'd be reviewing Math Mammoth again this year was a gift from God."

Math Mammoth -- A TOS Crew Review from Mountaineer Country
"Do you know what my daughter said to me? She said, rather matter-of-factly, “Why haven’t we been doing this all along? I love this math.” 

TOS Review Math Mammoth from Circling Through This Life
"She really enjoys it. She calls it her “Elephant Math” and insists that Manny, her woolly mammoth do math …

Class Dismissed - a film about homeschooling

I'm just spreading the word on an upcoming film about homeschooling. The movie is called Class Dismissed.

It does sound interesting, though I cannot be  sure what all it will include.
The website says:

Class Dismissed will be the first full-length documentary devoted to exploring homeschooling as a viable alternative to traditional schooling.

As homeschoolers ourselves, we are constantly reminded by the degree to which the public misperceptions of homeschooling are far removed from reality. With this documentary we hope to both educate the general public as well as inspire the existing homeschool community.

Class Dismissed will focus on the topic of education, specifically the validity of homeschooling as an alternative to the industrial school model. Framed within the historical context of traditional schooling, and particularly at a time when education across the nation is in a state of crisis, the film will examine the numerous approaches to home learning, exploring both …

A teacher's experience with Math Mammoth Geometry 1

I intend to publish several of these "stories" or "reports" from teachers who have been using Math Mammoth. Here's the first one, from Megan in Belgium. She used some lessons from my Math Mammoth Geometry 1 book.

Presentation of the Class and the School I am a 1st, 5th and 6th grade teacher in south Belgium. My school is what we call an “immersive school”. The students are taught in French, their mother tongue, 14 periods a week. During the other 10 periods each week, class is given in English – the students are “immersed” in the language from the age of 5 and learn to speak this language in a very natural manner. Because of these awkward hours, we teachers “share” the classes. In order to have a full schedule, I give class in English 10 hours a week in 5th grade, 10 hours a week in 6th grade and 4 hours a week in 1st grade. We also split the subjects between French and English – and Geometry is one of the subjects seen in English. Now, the immersive program is no…

A free math assessment test

LexxLearn is a new company and is offering afree math assessment test online. It's currently based on Massachusetts standards but is surely useful if you need to benchmark your student, wherever you live.

The grade levels offered are from grade 3 through grade 10. Each grade level test has about 35 questions.

You will need to supply your email address and create a password, which will then allow you to come back and continue the test at a later time.

Basics of percent of change - with videos

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Basics of percent of change

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What fraction of the elephants is blue?

Someone sent me a nice word problem to solve:

Image courtesy of Wednesday Elf - Mountainside Crochet Bob went to the zoo last week and was captivated by the lovely baby elephants. Some were pink and some were blue. When he counted the elephants, he found that the number of pink elephants was 2 1/2 times the number of blue elephants. What fraction of the elephants was blue? First of all, think: which ones are less, blue or pink? Clearly, the blue ones are less. Make those kind represented by ONE BLOCK or one unit.

So, let's let the BLUE elephants to be |----|  (one block).

Then, the pink ones would be |----|----|--| (2 1/2 times as many)

Now, to get the fraction asked, I could use those little dashed lines in my blocks... See, I made each block have 4 little dashes ---- and the half-block has two.

So, the Blue elephants are "four dashes" and the pink ones are "ten dashes". I know that in reality we don't know how many blue or pink elephants there are, but …