Math—especially upper-level math—can feel daunting. Teaching it can seem insurmountable.
How do we do it? Step by step. Whether a course, concept, or problem, it becomes doable when we break it down into steps.
In our next post, we’ll take a look at some ways to help to teach your child problem-solving skills. For now, I just want to point out that the same principle of breaking problems down to steps applies to teaching. While it may be tempting to look at your child’s whole future math courses and wonder how you’ll get through it, just take each day step-by-step. Trust that God will provide solutions at each stage. He gives us our daily bread, not grace for the rest of our lives. Run to the One who knows math inside out and seek His grace and wisdom. As you do, you just might find math class teaching you (and your students) more than just math.
Side note: Summertime is a great time of year to explore supplemental math resources you might not have time for during the school year. To help, we’re offering 10% off the math resources in our store through June 30, 2014. Just use code SUMMER10.
Whether you have your older students work through something like Revealing Arithmetic (just have them read the first section of each chapter to gain a biblical view of arithmetic) or Mathematics: Is God Silent?, or have fun Exploring the World of Mathematics together or doing some of the hands-on suggestions in Revealing Arithmetic, we hope you enjoy!
Remember, too, that your library may have some hands-on math books with great summertime ideas, and feel free to explore our blog for some other resources we’ve mentioned over the years.
After having her own view of math transformed, Katherine has been researching, writing, and speaking on a biblical worldview of math for more than a decade. Her books on math and a biblical worldview have been used by individuals, homeschool groups, and Christian schools and colleges, and she recently finished a junior high math curriculum. Receive her free Math from a Biblical Worldview e-mail course at mathisnotneutral.com