Traveling…and math? Most of us don’t couple the two in our minds, yet a lot of math goes into getting from one place to another. Here are just a few examples, along with some links to resources you can use with your children. Math is used to help design airplanes, to find a plane’s capacity,…

# Category: Practical Ideas

## Bridge-Building Resources (All Grades)

In my previous post on shapes, we briefly talked about how learning shapes doesn’t have to be confined to a textbook–how shapes help us understand and appreciate the shapes God placed around us. Understanding how shapes respond to pressure–as well as lots of other math concepts–plays an important role in building bridges. Here are two…

## Thoughts on Shapes

Throughout history, men have used their knowledge of shapes to help them design buildings. Because of the consistent way God holds things together, we can predict how different shapes will hold up under pressure. One shape that supports weight well is the arch. You can easily see this by holding a piece of paper flat…

## Balancing, Measuring, and Such

## Money Fun

A recent trip reminded me of one practical way math serves as a useful tool–money conversion. On our trip, we saw prices listed in dollars, pounds, euros, forrents, and marks–and needed to use some quick math to figure out how much we were really spending : ). We employed addition, subtraction, division, and round/estimating at…

## The Golden Ratio – The Creator’s Mark Throughout His Creation

Updated 11/13/15 Some time ago, someone wrote and suggested I write something on the golden ratio. I hope to finally post something on the topic today (this post has been in progress now for QUITE some time). The “golden ratio” is a special name given to describe a ratio that seems to relate indirectly or…

## Table Math

“How many math concepts could you teach using just the objects on this table?” The question came from my brother. We had just finished eating dinner, and I was brainstorming with him about some decisions I needed to make regarding the layout and content of Unveiling Math. I looked at the objects on the table—our…

## Online Worksheets/Activities

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…

## Oh, no! I’m Out of Ideas/Fall Suggestions

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…

## Practical Math Resources

I’ve recently found out about a few practical math resources, and I thought I’d share them with you in case you might find them helpful. 1. http://www.livingmath.net/. This website looked like it had a lot of fun and helpful ideas on integrating math into everyday life. 2. Math on the Level. This new homeschool curriculum,…