Friday, October 31, 2014

Why We Ditched Formal Grammar Instruction-An Article to Share

We stopped learning Grammar in the traditional way with workbooks, worksheets and rules a few years ago. Why? It wasn't working. It was boring, dis-jointed and I found it really had no effect on how their writing was progressing. ( which is the main point of learning Grammar isn't it?)

I tossed out the books and got them writing and then even more writing until we were writing narrations and writing about all kinds of things in all kinds of ways. We wrote narrations, notes, outlines, mind maps etc., and for the more formal writings we would go back and read over our their work together and fix, add and adjust things while being armed with a good solid grammar resource to help us along.

We are still using IEW's program called Fix-it as well and it is a quick way of practicing and learning grammar in context instead of learning it as a separate subject.

Here is a great article I found that talks about three best ways to teach Grammar. I thought it was very good and may be helpful to some who might be finding formal Grammar instruction unsuccessful.

Until next time!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Resource- Algebra Calculator

My older teen found this online calculator very helpful and wanted to share it with me.
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The site is called MathPapa. Its very easy to use and out of a few my teen tried he said this has been the most easy and most helpful.

In trying this out I really liked it because it shows and displays the solutions while giving the answers so if your learner gets stuck on something they can study the solution that is provided to check to see where they might be mis-understanding or having trouble.

Hope you find this as helpful as my teen has~ Until next time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Math Helps~

At certain times its always helpful to have some things we can print out and use for reference for either a notebook or a mini-office, poster etc., whichever your learner chooses to use for reference when needed.

Here are a few helpful things I have found for my learners' math;

Pauls Online Math Notes
Basic Algebra Formulas - you can print out and cut these to suit your needs
Algebra Reference Sheet 
Mini office from Practical Pages - this has younger items as well as things for older learners to check out and use.

We may end up making up some of our own and if we do I will share those at that time. Hope you find some of these helpful ~

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