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## Solar Eclipse, Math, & Praising the Creator

This upcoming Monday, August 21, 2017, be prepared for a period of darkness in the middle of the day as we experience a solar eclipse. While solar eclipses occur periodically, it’s rare that the entire United States can view it. According to Time and Date, the last time “a total solar eclipse was visible from…

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## Math at a Concert

Music—it’s probably not the first thing you think of when you think of math. Yet God has hidden order in every sound wave, and math helps us express, utilize, and enjoy that order. A recent trip to a chamber ensemble left me in awe—not only at the heart-stirring music, but also at how much math…

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## When Math Feels Daunting – Plus Summer Reading Coupon

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,…

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Have you ever thought about how our very ability to use math is an amazing gift? To start with, you’re able to read the numbers! Your eyes take in an image. Your brain turns that image right-side up, connecting it with what you’ve learned about the language of mathematics, and gives an interpretation. And all…

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## When You Feel Like Giving Up

I buried my head in my hand, frustrated beyond words and feeling completely incapable. I’d been trying to get through this chapter for days now, and it just wasn’t jelling. To top it, the computer was misbehaving, and I wasn’t feeling well. Why was I writing this again? As you teach your children math, do…

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## Keeping the Heart

Writing a math curriculum has given me a new appreciation for how easy it is to lose the heart in math. We want students to understand how to convert units, how to find a volume, how to multiply, etc. Before we realize it, we get so focused on drilling the mechanics that we lose sight…

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## Math and the Gospel

Below is a short extract from Revealing Arithmetic–please feel free to share with others! There’s a PDF Version available if you’d like to print it. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so…

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## Math Behind Fireworks, GPS Units, and More

This week, I thought it might be helpful to take just a moment to reflect on teaching math OUTSIDE of the textbook. Since math describes the consistencies God placed and sustains all around us, we find it useful in all sorts of situations–including ones that don’t instantly make us think of math. For example, this…

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## Spotlight on Math Interview

Greetings! I hope you all are having a wonderful and blessed summer! I thought you might enjoy this interview I did a few weeks ago on HSLDA’s Homeschool Spotlight. It offers an overview of viewing and teaching math from a biblical worldview. Spotlight on Math – Homeschool Spotlight with HSLDA from Paul Bass on Vimeo.

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## Musings on Algebra

For our first specific concept post (see the schedule), I thought I’d offer some general thoughts on a part of math that confused me for years: algebra. Hopefully, this will help you see God’s handiwork amid the xs and ys. What is algebra? Algebra is the process of using letters and symbols to describe general…