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Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Musings... Math...

We are trying something a little different (for us) with math this week. No worksheets, no textbooks. Instead, we are going to use these three books...

This is a lovely older book (originally published around 1969 I think), that tells the story behind man's exploration of geometry. It is a well-told story--I couldn't put it down!--and it explores the relationship of geometry to nature, architecture, inventions, and more! I hope to get through a chapter each day this week.


A practical book, as are all of Janice VanCleave's works. Each chapter has some very clear explanations, and then a series of exercises... some merely verbal, some hands-on.

A long-time favorite! I plan on looking through this for some hands-on activities to go with the other two books... things like measuring shadows, dividing sidewalk squares with line and angles, and so forth.

I think this will be a welcome change/break from the daily worksheet approach. While I do love Math Mammoth, sometimes it is good to look at things from a different perspective!


  1. I don't know about the other books, but I love Janice Van Cleave's books. They never fail to provide a great experience! Sounds like a great week.

  2. Perfect! I have always wanted to add more of a living math/ history of math approach to our studies,but, well, so many things...so little time! Have a fun week!


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