A New Year, a New Look, a New Schedule…and a New Book!

It has been more than a year since I’ve posted anything–ouch! I think it’s high time for a long-overdo update : ).

Revealing Arithmetic: A Practical Guide to Teaching Math BiblicallyFirst of all, Revealing Arithmetic: Math Concepts from a Biblical Worldview, is finished! The final book ended up being a more-than-200-full-sized page manual offering ideas and inspiration for teaching basic arithmetic (counting through exponents) from a biblical worldview. I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I felt when it went off to the printer…it’s been a long, but blessed journey. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement along the way! If you’d like to learn more about the book or purchase a copy, it’s now in our online store!

Now that Revealing Arithmetic is finished, it’s my intent to focus more on this blog. I would really like to make it a place where we can explore God’s hand in math together. You may have noticed the blog has a new look and feel–and I’m hoping to add new content to it regularly.

My plan is to post at least once a week, according to the following “tentative” monthly schedule.

  • Week 1: Specific Concept – Information, ideas, or musings about a specific math concept (concepts will vary each month).
  • Week 2: A Concept’s History or Applications – An exploration of a portion of math’s history or one of its many applications.
  • Week 3: Resources – A resource link or review.
  • Week 4: Requests – Topic will vary based on requests and feedback received. (This is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see us discuss!)

As I try to begin/resume this blog, know that your comments (feedback, ideas, sharing, questions, etc.) will help keep me going : ) I look forward to learning and growing with you!

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Free Workshop Invite, Book Update, Math Information Online

Things have been piling up to post, so this post will contain quite a few different things.

Free Workshop
First off, I wanted to invite you all to attend a workshop this afternoon (Tuesday, March 18, 2008) at 1:00 p.m. CST I’ll be giving on teaching math biblically. You can attend right from your computers–and it’s free! The workshop is being done through Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo as one of their free, pre-conference preview chats. The chat will be archived and available after the conference begins to attendees, but it’s only open to everyone this afternoon. To join, follow the instructions at the bottom of this post. (I apologize for the late notice.)

Math Book Update
Next, after several drafts and a name change, my math book is actually nearing completion! The book is now titled Revealing Arithmetic, and serves as a guide for teaching arithmetic concepts from a biblical worldview. Revealing Arithmetic will walk through teaching basic arithmetic concepts from counting clear through long division, offering an overview, example presentation, reinforcement ideas, and much more. Thank you all for your continual prayers.

Math Information Online
We recently posted an article adapted from Beyond Numbers to our site and reorganized some other math information. I hope you enjoy!

I also recently found an article on biblical math online I think you some of you might find helpful. Vern S. Poythress helpful, although more intellectual, essay titled, “A Biblical View of Mathematics” is available online at www.frame-poythress.org/poythress_articles/1976Biblical.htm.

Please Note: I’ve not had a chance to look at any of the other essays on this site or by Poythress to know their merit or theological content. I mention this particular article because it looked helpful.

Instructions for Joining the Workshop (from Cindy Rushton)
We provide the software download-free. Here is the link:

http://www.cindyrushton.com/Conference.exe

Click to begin download or copy/paste into your internet browser and click ENTER. It will only take a few minutes to download into your computer, but you want to do it ahead of time so you don’t miss a minute in the Conference Room. After it is downloaded on your computer, it will set up an icon on your desktop that says CONFERENCE. Then, you will only have to click it to open up the room. Here are your instructions from there:

When you are ready to enter, you will enter your NAME or EMAIL ADDRESS in the first blank.

Add the following information when prompted:

Name of Room: Talk-a-Latte

Password: letschat (for Preview Chats)

Remember…your password is different for chats and other classes. It only works for the room when the room is open for the study.

Going Back to the Source

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,

Katherine

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.