# Rectangles Rhomboids Parallelograms

My daughter uses her Maths Mini Office regularly for reference while she does her work.  As she learns new Maths themes, I  create new pages for her work.  Her latest geometry studies covers quadrilaterals, rectangles, rhomboids, squares & parallelograms.

A Mini Office is a handy reference – a file folder, laminated for durability , or a simple file with plastic page protectors.  I find that once a student practices enough with a formula or geometric principles, they no longer need the reference page.  It is also an excellent tool for review and revision.  Students who struggle and require remedial work, find reference pages very reassuring.

Have you found ways to help your maths student?  Any topics you wish to see included in a Mini Office reference page?  Please share in the comments below.

Blessings,

# Maths Mini Office for Middle & Senior Students

A Mini Office is a collection of reference materials your child needs to refer to while they work.

Most mini offices are pasted into the child’s own file folder.

This makes it easy for them to find information or important facts.

Mini Offices replace the wall charts that most classrooms have on display.

My grade 5/6 and grade 9 children refer to math reference pages often.

### I created this Maths Mini Office for them.

#### I have combined current middle school and high school Maths work in this  13 page download ~ Click your download here ~ Mini Office Senior Maths A4

Included in this Maths Mini Office are~

1. Multiplication Chart
2. Shapes and Counting
3. Roman Numerals and Angles
4. 3D Shapes with formulas for area & volume
5. 2D Shapes with formulas for area & circumference
6. Circles with formulas for area &  circumference
7. Triangles with angles, area & Pythagoras Theory
8. Maths Symbols and Compass Points
9. Fractions, Decimals & Converting Fractions

Multiplication Table

Shapes & counting

Roman Numerals & Angles

3D Shapes ~ Pyramid, Sphere & Cones

Blessings,

# Homeschooling High School Maths ~ a challenge!

I’m a homeschool mom of 3 very different children.

They range in ages from 15 and 10 to my youngest who is 8 years old.  Most of what I post in this blog features my younger children, but I devote much of my time and energy to my high school daughter …

and in particular to her maths.

Maths was never my strong subject and I failed many maths exams and tests through my high school career, yet somehow still passed. I was always insecure and stressed about maths.  In my final school year I had a fantastic tutor who explained things clearly and slowly and patiently, until I ‘got’ it.

Despite his help, I did not feel confident doing maths.

Then, a few years later I studied to become a public school teacher and I was given 3 grades’ maths classes during a student practical experience.  I was terrified!  How could I teach maths?

I studied at least 3 different textbooks on the work I had to present, and I gained confidence.  The more I scribbled and practiced, the easier it became.  The next day I entered the classroom armed with my textbooks, and I  had some tricks up my sleeve.  I had my examples, manipulatives, some games and exercises that made maths come alive.

Actually, I was a good maths teacher!

Fortunately, when I qualified, I was given my favourite subjects to teach (English, History and Art) and I never taught maths again. (Sigh of relief!)

Now, many, many years later I am facing grade 9 maths with my daughter.  Whether it is hereditary, or temperamental, I don’t know, but she is also terrified of maths.

I can teach her,

I can urge her,

I can support her,

tutor her,

console her,

instruct, remind, exhort …

but she has to conquer her fear of maths for herself.

I must lay out each step slowly and clearly.

I must stay patient while she thinks the work through.

I need to try different approaches if the one I am using is not clear.

The textbooks may give us the break-down of each step, but we need to work through the concepts until it ‘clicks’.  I usually show her the principles, then show her some examples, and then she has to try while I watch.

While  she works I give some encouragement, whispered reminders, a nod, yes … you’ve got it!

If she keeps at it at her level long enough, she’ll eventually say, “Mom, I know this stuff.”

She has to work at it till she ‘gets’ it.  This means a lot of hard solo work.  She needs to keep at it until it shrinks in her view finder into the subject it is – and not the giant terror that it seems.

Teaching high school maths is a challenge.  The work is abstract and complicated and complex.  But, by far, the greatest challenge is the attitude and emotional issues that add stress to learning and mastering high school maths.

I’m reminded, even as I write this, the prayer is vital.

I pray for mental clarity,

for calm,

for grace,

for strength,

for courage,

for perseverance,

for confidence

to conquer maths.

What high school homeschool experiences have you had?

Blessings,

# Maths Flowers ~ More Mental Maths Worksheets

### Maths Flowers

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These 13 pages of Maths Flowers include adding,subtraction, multiplication and division.

Each page is dedicated to one number concept;

+ 2, -2 or x2 and divide 2

3, or 4 or 5 x table

bonds of 10

and blank page for you to customize.

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# Maths Manipulatives – makes Maths fun!

Do your children struggle with Maths?

Do they hesitate and seem unsure?

Are they battling to remember bonds and tables?

Does maths take long because they are computing with difficulty?

A young child needs to practice Maths concepts over and over until they are well-memorized.  This skill makes abstract Maths work easier and quicker.

Young learners need concrete, hand-on manipulatives.  I have had success teaching maths with just a few manipulatives:

• blocks
• unifix
• number value cards
• wheels
• flip cards

kinesthetic learners (a child with the learning style that requires movement) enjoy turning wheels, flipping charts or working with something in their hands.  These manipulatives are ideal for workbox activities or individual work before doing formal maths workbook activities.

I have made my own maths number value cards with worksheets and other suggested activities.  I also made some wheels to practice multiplication, division and adding.  These are useful once the child knows the principle and just needs daily reinforcement.  Just click on the title above the photo for your download.

Maths Number Value Cards

Maths Number Value Cards cut out the cards and laminate.

Maths Number Value Cards - the rest of the numbers

Math Number Value Application and exercises

Math Number Value some more exercises

This manipulative is invaluable!  I use it often when working when introducing numbers, adding or subtracting numbers.  It makes perfect sense when we speak about count the ones, then the tens, now the hundreds and so on.

Math Bonds of 10 puzzle

Maths 10 Bonds Puzzle pieces

Maths 10 Bonds Instructions

Maths 10 Bonds Pocket

This is an excellent help! I make my youngster sit on the mat and quickly build the bonds puzzle, then come do some robots or amazing maths squares worksheets.

Math Add & Subtract Wheel parts

Maths Division Wheels

Maths Division Wheels

(Print this 4 page download on 4 different coloured card stock pages.  Assemble the correct ‘division’ window to the correct cicle.  I printed these muddled so that your window colour will contrast with the wheel.)

Maths Multiply All 2 Circles

Maths Multiply All parts

Maths Multiply All assembled

Maths Multiplications Wheels

Maths Multiplication Wheels

With a few downloads, some printing and cutting and assembling, you’ll soon have a bag of tricks to help make maths practice fun!  I hope these help!

Blessings,

# Mental Maths Practice ~ fun worksheets!

### When a child practices mental maths – maths becomes quicker and simpler!

My girls look at their maths charts (Mini Office A5 Maths) too much, so I made some fun worksheets for practice. These worksheets reinforce adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with just a few minutes practice every day.

Maths Rockets ~ for adding/ subtracting or multiplying numbers on the side to equal the number in the roof (great for bonds)

Maths Butterflies ~ 5 sums for each butterfly, so good for quick reviews

Maths Corners ~ 4 sums for each number, also a quick worksheet

Maths In&Out ~ top row of random numbers “in” to work with a number and operation, and write the answer as “out”

Maths Caterpillars ~ each caterpillar has random numbers or operations, from simple to complex

Maths Amazing Squares ~ brilliant for bonds to 10 ~ all rows add to 10, up, down  or sideways!

Maths Corners

Maths In & Out

Amazing Maths 10 Square

Maths Rockets

You can use these sheets as they are or ~

* cut out each section and let them do just one little fun exercise a day

* use a part of the page for pre-lesson reviews

* use the blanks pages to reinforce the numbers or operations you are working on

* focus on 1 operation or number exercise (all x 2 or +2 exercises)

* remedial work with number concepts or operations

With a little regular practice the number combinations or patterns start to “click”  ~ which is great for confidence and generates a positive maths attitude!

Let me know what you and your children think!