Wanted to share with you all a math site I found the other day that offers a whole collection of free math worksheets on a variety of different math concepts. The worksheets are pretty much just paper drills, but those of you who are trying to assemble your own curriculum using an assortment of different resources may find this helpful. You could use a problem or two from here to provide the “drill” part of your curriculum, using practical math resources/real-life settings to do the majority of your teaching. http://www.math-drills.com
And since writing the above, I found another site, http://score.kings.k12.ca.us/lessons.html, that offers a variety of mock situation suggestions you can use to help bring math into real-life. Don’t forget to point out to your child that math really is just a way of recording God’s creation, and as such is useful in helping us with the tasks He has given us to do.
Have you ever looked at your child’s math lesson and thought, I have no clue how to teach this. I’m clean out of ideas? If so, you’re not alone. We all face times when we’re simply not sure what to do or how to present something.
A few weeks ago, I knew I needed to write a blog entry on this blog, but I just couldn’t think of anything helpful to say. After a staring at my monitor blankly for a little while, I got up and headed out on a walk. While I walked, I prayed. What was something fall-related parents could do with their children? A leaf just starting to turn colors caught my eye. I wonder if there’s any way to integrate math with the falling leaves? I wondered.
Coming home, I decided to do a little search online on “changing leaves.” I later refined the search to “leaves math.” I found a wide variety of websites offering suggestions for ways to use leaves and math. Although I didn’t like many of the ideas as they were, they inspired other ideas.
For example, http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=11901 had some interesting facts about leaves, such as that maple trees lose about 600,000 leaves each fall! I thought of how fun it would be to have a child try to count all the leaves that fall in your yard, pointing out that while this is impossible for man it’s not impossible for God. Surely the God who calls each star by name and knows the number of hairs on every person’s head also knows the number of leaves that are on (and falling off) each tree. He is truly MUCH greater than us!!!
In the end, other ideas came, and I didn’t even end up using my leaf idea for my blog. As I hit the post button on my finished blog entry, I thanked the Lord for giving me the ideas that I needed.
If you’re feeling out of ideas, I’d encourage you to take heart. God has the ideas you need. Seek Him. Ask Him. And watch Him give you the inspiration you need in His timing and way.
P.S. If you live in a part of the world where the leaves are changing colors, you may want to do your own search for “leaves math.” Then head out and enjoy the fall weather while you teach your children to use math to explore God’s creation!
I had read so many works on math’s history that I thought for sure I had learned all I needed to learn. But as I was trying to finalize a few concepts late last week, I realized that I needed to do more research. I needed to go back and read the original writings of antiquity so I could see for myself what I’d read so many summaries about.
Fortunately, we live ten minutes from a university, so I was able to pack up my computer and head to the university library. Still, finding original works wasn’t easy, but as I got my hands on a few mathematic source books I felt well rewarded. There was something special about seeing those actual writings. The Lord also used the experience to remind me of a spiritual principle.
Just like I had nearly settled for summaries, we’re often tempted to settle for intellectual knowledge or summaries others make of God’s truths. Yet we continually need to go back to the Source–God Himself. God is the true Source of knowledge in all areas. There’s no substitute for hearing directly from Him in His Word.
In my past couple of blogs, I’ve tried to offer some practical resources to help you teaching math biblically, and I’ll try to keep posting practical ideas as I can. But it’s my prayer that you will keep going back to the Source yourself so that God Himself can give you the ideas and inspiration you need. There’s such a joy in letting Him teach us–in letting Him step in where we thought all was hopeless. As the Creator and Sustainer of all the order around us, His ideas and wisdom are infinite! What a wonderful privilege we have to keep going back to the ultimate Source.
Rejoicing in His Care,
P.S. As you may have picked up on in this post, I’ve been spending some time lately finishing up some research for Unveiling Numbers. I wanted to ask you all to pray. There is a LOT of finalization of concepts and decisions that still need made in order to get it off to the editor. Please pray that I’ll have the wisdom and discipline to both know what needs done and to get it done.