“Tell me, and I forget; teach me, and I may remember; involve me, and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
Welcome to the stories behind our days of funschooling adventures!
I am a stay-at-home mother of two boys, ages 2 and 4. I have a bachelors in Math and English and a Masters in Teaching. I have taught math in 5 different school districts (one of them was an online school) but am now delighted to change directions to focus on growing and learning with our sons. I don’t know yet what our homeschooling days will look like, but I do know that I want the overarching theme to be the cultivation of a lifelong love of learning.
My hope with this blog is to provide useful ideas and tips for homeschooling and interesting stories about seeing life through the eyes of a child. I also have a dream that I can help to end the curse of Math Anxiety for youth around the world. 🙂 #dreambig
Whenever I hear people talk about how much they hate math or how they just aren’t good at it or how their kids are crying every night doing math homework and the whole system of Mathematics is tearing kids down and families apart, it makes me terribly sad. I wish I could jump into every one of those homes and show them how math is really not so scary and even quite lovely if you look at it the right way; I want to help students build a solid framework of understanding by working through authentic, relevant, and interesting learning activities so that they truly own the knowledge they gain. I believe students should be given the opportunity to work through concepts to the point of mastery (not to the point of complete and utter boredom because they’re swallowing a one-size-fits-all prescription) and see math not as some painful adolescent ritual but as the language of the universe — the description of all the patterns and phenomena we see at play in nature and in art and architecture and engineering … and computer coding and aviation and seafaring and gambling … to name only a very few aspects of a universe written in the beautifully patterned and predictable* language of math.
(*until we get into chaos theory — but even that’s an area of math … yes?)
So when I hear these conversations about the socially-inflicted yet socially acceptable curse of math anxiety (I may elaborate more on my theory about this later), I want to say “It’ll all be okay,” and offer some wonderful solution or program that could help ease math-induced tension and fear while cultivating a love for learning and confidence in oneself as a learner.
I’ve taught math and tutored math for years (decades, centuries maybe by now), but I’m ready to transition to a new phase where I can offer help through digital resources. I’ve begun building a small library of resources for homeschooling families, tutors, and teachers that are focused on specific topics and individually packaged at low price points ($2 – 10 dollars each) to help make the material easily accessible to all. I have a dream (among many) that I will someday turn this content into video tutorials so that the material can be more hands-free for parents and easy for students to follow.
I plan to create content that is universal, not tied to any specific state standards, and presented in a way that will lead students into a solid understanding (and appreciation!) of math that they can continue to build on throughout their life.
I’ll be drawing from my experience in the classroom (teaching 6-12 grade math — mostly Algebra and Geometry), tutoring students of all ages, and homeschooling my own sons, as well as pedagogy I’ve learned through my math major and Masters in Teaching. (Not intended as a #humblebrag — just laying out some street cred here.)
If any of this sounds interesting to you, please follow along as I post ideas, stories, resources, and learning-related tips here on the blog. And I would LOVE to hear your input about what topics you (or your students, children, tutees, etc.) would find helpful.
As far as a facebook page, pinterest wonderland, instagram bandwagon, or any other social media outlet … stay tuned. ;). I may get there eventually … ?
Thank you for your interest and support as I prepare amazing math materials that will rock your world. :0)
Math Resources for Teachers, Tutors, and Homeschooling Families:
If you’d like to see my own growing library of educational resources (mostly focused on math) for pre-K through high school students, you can visit my online store at: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sandra-Balisky. You can read more about my new venture in this blog post here.
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I’ve moved to a new website: https://realworldlearners.com/. I am leaving this current blog (funschoolingadventures) intact but will not continue updating it. Please come visit me at my new website to see recent posts, find free educational printables (mostly math-related), get access to my latest learning resources, and follow stories about our ongoing funschooling adventures.