Wednesday, August 28, 2013

When math makes you cry . . .

When math makes you cry . . .

In homeschooling & teaching, there isn’t much that is more difficult to deal with than a child (or parent) who breaks down in tears when the math textbooks come out. There is even an official term coined to describe the phenomenon.  “Math anxiety” is present in many people, at least to some degree. In some, to a degree that it actually interferes with their lives. Careers are rejected and chosen based on whether or not you are “good at” math.  In that respect, math and your perception of it, can chart the course of your life.

While certainly, there are those who are born with a proclivity for it – much like some possess an extra talent for baseball – we are indeed all born with a natural ability to do math.  From a very early age, human beings reason with abstract ideas, calculate and problem solve. We don’t require a special math brain to accomplish this. It naturally occurs as toddlers begin to explore the world around them – discovering how things work, often implementing the process of elimination, weighing the options and using various other mathematical skills.

Afraid of it or not, math makes the world go around. It’s important that we help our homeschool students build a strong foundation in the principles of mathematics. 

What makes a better mathematician - repetition and practice or innate ability?

How often have you heard the statements “I’m no good in math” or “I’m great in math”?  Studies have shown that there is a tendency in the United States towards the belief that natural ability is responsible for students doing well in math, while others credit practice and hard work. [1] 

Attitude is key in helping your students conquer their math fears. Often times, they have acquired these fears from parents who state that they themselves “aren’t any good at math”, other times, from poor teaching techniques, a fear of failure, a lack of practice, or avoidance. There are endless reasons as to why people begin to believe they are no good in math, or why they become no good in math.  No matter the reason, it’s important to understand that math anxiety is an emotional response.

 It can be overcome.

Many great and successful actors continue to experience stage fright long after they achieve notoriety for their talent. The difference between the actor who overcomes this and the one who does not, isn’t in the absence of fear, but in the act of stepping out onto the stage and giving a solid performance, in spite of it. 

Making a change

If you’re already on the wrong track, emotions have escalated and your child feels they “can’t do math” - don’t be discouraged. It’s not too late to turn things around.
Because we DO all have at least some mathematical abilities, because practice and hard work is the true deciding factor in one’s success in mathematics, AND since mathematics anxiety IS an emotional response  . . . . .  you CAN change the track you (or your children) are on.

Where to start

·         Change your attitude – decide that you will succeed (your child/student will succeed)
·         Discuss openly the feelings of fear and dislike, where they originated, and decide together to overcome the challenge – implement positive affirmation after validating those feelings
·         Use positive affirmation – say together “You can do this”
·         Replace negative words with positive ones – “You are good in math”
·         Back up to where you (your child) first felt lost and relearn the techniques, review
·         Go slowly – lots of practice in smaller increments (baby steps)
·         Practice daily – show your work
·         Use relaxation techniques to overcome anxiety – stretch, breathe, walk or do jumping jacks
·         Celebrate small victories – use sticker charts or family fun time to acknowledge your child’s hard work – achievements can be marked with grades or by time spent exercising math principles
·         Implement various techniques – use visuals, audio, and hands on learning styles

1.       Tobias, Shiela, Overcoming Math Anxiety. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993), page 52

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Big Homeschool eBook sale

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August 20 - August 25 

There are 91 eBooks in the collection, valued at over $590. The authors want to bless you by offering the entire collection for only $25. That is less than 28 cents per eBook.

What eBooks will I receive? 

View the complete list of included eBooks.

These eBooks are all in PDF format. See more details on our FAQ page.

Why are you selling this collection so cheap? 

The authors are all homeschool moms like you who have just bought a multitude of school supplies and curriculum for the new academic year. They know that money can be tight at this time of the year. That’s why each of the authors wants to give back to the homeschool community with this ridiculously discounted eBook Omnibus.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The mother-load of homeschool eBooks - from our friends at iHomeschool Network

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August 20 - 25th 
The sale will last only six days. 
It begins at 12:00am ET on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 
and ends at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Coming just on the heels of our big Kindle Fire giveaway - the annual iHomeshool Network Omnibus Sale! 

What is the Homeschool eBook Omnibus? 

The Homeschool Omnibus is a digital stockpile of books to carry you through the school year with encouragement and practical how tos.

Experienced homeschool moms bringing you helpful information and tools for your homeschool - 91 different books included in this unique collection: 

  • 101 Ways to Make Spelling Fun: written by Tamara Chilver from Teaching with TLC

  • 1st Grade Summer Learning RRR: written by Beth Gorden from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

  • 2012 Worksheet Packet: written by Lauren Hill from Mama's Learning Corner

  • 31 Days to Build a Better Spouse: written by Ashley Pichea from Life by Ashley Pichea

  • 4 Easy Steps to Homeschooling Success: written by Kirsten Joy Torrado from Kirsten Joy Awake

  • 51 Frugal Father-Daughter Date Ideas: written by Ashley Pichea from Life by Ashley Pichea

  • Animal ABCs: written by Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1

  • Art for All Ages: Chalk Pastels Through the Seasons: written by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge

  • The Art of Strewing: written by Aadel Bussinger from These Temporary Tents

  • Blog at Home Mom: written by Christin Slade from Joyful Mothering

  • Boyschooling: written by Jamerrill Stewart from Free Homeschool Deals

  • Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool: written by Karen DeBeus from Simply Living...for Him

  • Cerebration Concentration: 50 Ways to Develop Concentration: written by Marianne Vanderkolk from Design Your Homeschool

  • Children's Bible Book Set: written by Janine LaTulipe from Blue Manor Academy

  • Christian Kids Explore Science Experiment Sampler : written by Maureen Spell and Bright Ideas Press

  • Complete: written by Arabah Joy from Arabah Joy

  • Comprehensive Homeschool Unit Study Planner: written by Tina Robertson from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus

  • Copywork for McGuffey's First Reader: written by Amy Maze from Classical Copywork

  • Copywork Lessons for Future Heroes: written by Ami Brainerd from Walking by the Way

  • Coupon Quick Start Guide: The Easiest and Fastest Way to Serious Savings and Free Groceries: written by Angela Newsom from Coupon Makeover

  • Create Your Own Penmanship Pages – Pentime Manuscript Font: written by Sheri Graham from Sheri Graham

  • Degas and Prokofiev Mini-Unit: written by Barbara McCoy from Harmony Fine Arts

  • Designing Your Language Arts Curriculum: written by Jimmie Lanley from Jimmie's Collage

  • The Dig for Kids: written by Patrick and Ruth Schwenk from The Better Mom

  • Discover Africa!: written by Jessica from Balancing Everything

  • Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths and What Really Works: written by Marianne Sunderland from Abundant Life

  • Early Elementary Fractions: written by A+ Interactive Math from A+ Interactive Math

  • Easy Oven-Free Dinners: written by Tabitha Philen from Meet Penny

  • Easy Peasy Penmanship: written by Diane Hurst from Gentle Shepherd

  • Encompass Preschool Curriculum: written by Kathy Gossen from Cornerstone Confessions

  • Energy Explosion: A 7 Day Guide to Jump Start Your Energy: written by Arabah Joy from Arabah Joy

  • Essay Tune Up: written by Jimmie Lanley from Jimmie's Collage

  • Family Homeschool Planner: written by Patricia Espinoza from Raising a Self-Reliant Child

  • Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places: 200+ Activities for Young Children Using Common Household Objects: written by Angie Kauffman from Many Little Blessings

  • Finding Joy in Depression: written by Amanda Pelser from The Pelsers

  • Finding Your Vision: Beginning (or Continuing) Your Homeschool Journey With the End in Mind: written by Connie Stults from the daisyhead
  • God Said So: written by Alisha Gratehouse from Flourish

  • God's Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum: written by Stacie Nelson from Motherhood on a Dime

  • God's Word in My Heart: A Scripture Learning Guide with Memory Verses: written by Jenn Thorson from The Purposeful Mom

  • The Homemaker's Guide to Creating the Perfect Schedule: written by Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows

  • Homeschooling 101: written by Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler
  • Homeschooling 101: written by Kris Bales from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler

  • Homeschooling by the Numbers: written by Angie Kauffman from The Homeschool Classroom

  • Christian Homeschooling With Netflix, Amazon, & More : written by Angela Newsom from Cross and Quill Media 

  • How the 8 Types of Learners Approach New Concepts: written by Jen Lilienstein from
  • Illustrated Keepsake Alphabet Dictionary: written by Jennifer from Mama Jenn
  • Kick Your Fears To The Curb! 10 Motivating Tips To Help You Overcome Homeschooling Fears: written by Demetria Zinga from Christian Homeschool Moms

  • Language Arts Lessons with Aesop's Fables: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse: written by Marianne Vanderkolk from Design Your Homeschool

  • Lapbooking Made Simple : written by Heidi St. John from The Busy Mom

  • Learning for the "Littles" - A Preschool Notebook: written by Sheri Graham from Sheri Graham

  • Learning is Fun! Literacy and Math Pack – 10 Centers for Back to School, All Year: written by Sallie Borrink from Sallie Borrink

  • Letter of the Week: written by Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler

  • Literature Study Guide & Lapbook: Frog and Toad are Friends: written by Beth Gorden from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

  • Literature Study Guide & Lapbook: The Door in the Wall: written by Beth Gorden from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

  • Love Your Mayhem: written by Amy Landisman from Adorable Chaos

  • Menu Planner: written by Marianne Vanderkolk from Design Your Homeschool

  • Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers: written by Maureen Spell from SpellOutloud

  • Notebooking Success: written by Jimmie Lanley from The Notebooking Fairy

  • Our Family Vision Statement : Your How To Homeschool Guide: written by Marianne Vanderkolk from Design Your Homeschool

  • Outdoor Hour Challenge - Autumn Nature Study Ebook: written by Barbara McCoy from Handbook of Nature Study

  • Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary: written by Richele McFarlin from OverwhelmedBook
  • Plan Your Own Home School Curriculum: written by Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau from Quick Start Homeschool

  • Poetry Guide: written by Valerie McClintick from The Crafty Classroom

  • Poetry Lesson : written by WriteShop

  • Prayer Cards: written by Kim Sorgius from Not Consumed

  • Praying Proverbs 31: prayers for a daughter's virtue: written by Tracy Glockle from Growing In Grace

  • The Preschool Journey: written by Angela Thayer from Teaching Mama

  • Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your Feet: written by Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace

  • Princess Training: for the King's glory: written by Richele McFarlin from Under the Golden Apple Tree

  • Recordkeeping for Unschoolers: written by Sara McGrath from Unschooling Lifestyle

  • The Relaxed Art of Eclectic Homeschooling : written by Amber Oliver from Classic Housewife

  • Return of the Routine: Six Simple Steps to Success: written by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge

  • Science for Smart Kids: Electricity and Magnetism: written by Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners

  • Sensory Bins: The What, The How & The Why: written by Sharla Kostelyk from The Chaos and The Clutter

  • Shield: A Framework of Self-Care for Foster & Adoptive Families: written by Sharla Kostelyk from The Chaos and The Clutter

  • Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool: written by Karen DeBeus from Simply Living...for Him

  • Southern Hodgepodge cookbook bundle: written by Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge

  • Spectacular Spiders: written by Cindy West from Our Journey Westward

  • The Story of Abraham Lincoln : written by Heritage History from Heritage History

  • SQUILT Volume 1: Baroque Composers: written by Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners

  • Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood: written by Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool

  • Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling: written by Kelly Crawford from Generation Cedar

  • Tiger Hunt!: written by Christy Halsell from One Fun Mom

  • Van Gogh and Handel Mini-Unit: written by Barbara McCoy from Harmony Fine Arts

  • Vermeer and Haydn Mini-Unit: written by Barbara McCoy from Harmony Fine Art

  • Weekly Homeschool Planner: written by Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations

  • Write Through the Bible: Philippians 2:1-18 (Cursive, ESV): written by Trisha Gilkerson from Intoxicated on Life

  • Write Through the Bible: Philippians 2:1-18 (Manuscript, ESV): written by Trisha Gilkerson from Intoxicated on Life

  • You Can Do It Too - 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories: written by Lorilee Lippincott from Loving Simple Living

  • You Can Read Bundle: written by Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1

  • Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase
    • From Fortuigence: Get kids ready for writing! Grab access to a short online course that supports you in setting a powerful setting for your kids to become strong writers. A $79 value -- yours free!
    • Also FREE from A+ TutorSoft: download a free ($21.99 value) math supplement that helps to build a strong foundation and close learning gaps for struggling students.
    • From Kirsten Joy Awake: Download a free copy of Bible Writer: Volume 1, an all in one Bible Memory and Copywork curriculum.

    Is there any other information I need to know before purchasing? 

    Immediately after purchase you will be presented with download links. Your download links will also come in an email to the email address associated with your PayPal email. Make sure you have access to that email before you purchase.

    The download links for the eBooks will be valid only through September 2, 2013, so you must be sure to download all files before midnight ET on Monday, September 2. Please remember to back-up your files as well. iHN and the authors cannot send you copies of eBooks that have been deleted or lost.

    Each of the eBooks in the Omnibus is copyrighted by the original author. Your purchase does not entitle you to share the files or upload them anywhere online where others can access them. See more details on iHN FAQ page.
    The iHN Contact page is here 

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Kindle Fire/Math eBooks Giveaway & A+ Interactive Math Facebook Party Winners

    We have WINNERS! 

    Thank you for celebrating our brand new A+ Interactive Math site & our back to HomeSchool  Facebook party on Friday and congrats to all the winners.

    Be on the lookout for an email from the company!

    Remember - everyone who came to support us during our Site Launch and Back to School celebration is entitled to our door prizes: Multiplication Supplement and EEME Genius Light starter kit with 1 month curriculum.  See post here and download/ register for them quick! (8/27 deadline) 

    Winner Kindle Fire & A+ Math Supplemental eBooks: 

    Congratulations - Sarah A.

    Facebook prize winners: 

    Family Time Fitness

    Platinum Package - Michelle S.
    Fitness For Homeschool Core 1 - Colette S. 
    $30 Family Time Fitness Gift Card - Lindy J.

    A+ TutorSoft

    1 year online subscription - Rachel H.

    Home Educating Family

    Family Planner -  Julia H.


    $25 Gift Card - Jordyn C.

    A Journey Through Learning

    $30 Gift Card - Kristina C.

    Unit Studies By Amanda Bennett

    USAB prize pack including Unit Studies 101, Portfolios 101, and our MP3 set - Lyn W. 

    Bright Ideas Press

    Christian Kids Explore Science - Lacey W. L.

    Creating A Masterpiece Art

    Level 1 Art DVD - Ekaterini T. 

    Brimwood Press

    Calendar Quest Book - Alexis B.


    $50 Gift Card Sara @ Embracing Destiny 

    Heritage History

    Young Readers CD and  M.B. Synge's Ebook - Michael N. O. C.

    Master Books

    Curriculum Choice from this link Melinda M.

    Founders Academy

    Economics for Boys and Girls Live Class - Melissa B. S.

    The Homegrown Preschool

    Homegrown Preschool Book - Bambie K.

    Winters Promise

    Fun Traditions from Many Lands eBook - Colleen K. 

    How to be Homeschooled

    $50 Amazon Gift Card - Alicia R.

    Math File Folder Games

    Tanagram Chess App - Tara B. M. 

    Bonus Prize

    Teach Them Diligently Family Pass - Renee /NGH.

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Ultimate Back to School Bash by 3 boys and a dog - Sponsored by A+ Interactive Math

    Ultimate Back to School Bash by 3BoysandaDog
    We are proud to Sponsor the #BTS2013 from our friends at 3 Boys and a Dog

    Not all of the participants are homeschoolers, and A+ is reaching out to support after school math practice as well. There are programs available to help for a short time, or all year long - help on specific math supplements, or a whole grade level. Let us know what you need to help your student in Math - Curriculum from K1 - Algebra!

    Back to School Bash 2013

    Prizes from the Sponsor: 

  • A+ Interactive Math - 1 year FREE Online Full Curriculum - A+ Interactive Math  - 1 winner (choice of: grades K - Algebra I) Value $124.99 . A+ Interactive Math is dedicated to making math enjoyable and learnable for all ages. A+ Interactive is perfect for homeschooling parents or parents that just want to give the child some extra math help. A + offers full curriculum books, workbooks, online education and interactive math CD's. You can purchase A+ Interactive Math or view their catalog here.
                                                  USE CODE: ADVENTUREZ  for 20% Discount! 

    Door Prize for all participants:                                                                          
    Multiplication for Elementary & Middle School - download (value $21.99)

    FREE Code: enter  3DOGSMATH  upon checkout

    Other giveaway prizes: 

  • $100 Visa Card - This fabulous gift card is being brought to you by! This is the perfect way to get a great jump start on your back to school shopping! You can use this $100 Visa gift card at any location that accepts Visa.

  • Back to School Survival Guide -  This back to school guide is brought to you by The Confident Mom. In this Back to School Survival Guide you will find everything you need to help you ensure the school year runs seamlessly. This guide is an 80 page printable that will help you keep your child safe while using the internet, help with homework, making packing school lunches easier, become a savvy back to school shopper and much more! You can read more about the Back to School Survival Guide or purchase one here.

  • Office Depot Sackpack of School Supplies -Office Depot is committed to providing affordable school supplies! You will find $25 worth of school supplies in this sack pack. The Office Depot Foundation donates over 30,000 backpacks to school children each and every year!

  • BYOU Magazine Subscription

  • Go Picnic Ready to Eat Meals  - Go Picnic makes packing lunches and snacks a breeze. They offer gluten-free, kosher, all-natural and a variety of other snacks that are perfect for back to school lunches and snacks. You can view the large variety of products they offer here.

  • Tummy Calm - Have a little one with an upset stomach? Tummy Calm is a safe option to helping your child feel better. Tummy Calm is made with all-natural FDA regulated ingredients. You can read more about Tummy Calm and place an order here.

  • BIC School Supplies - BIC offers a wide range of back to school items from pens, pencils, markers, highlighters and much more! BIC is your one stop shop for your back to school supplies.

  • Teach My Preschooler - Teach My is your one stop solution for giving babies, toddlers and preschoolers a jump start on education. You will find interactive learning products that promote learning in a fun manner. You can order a Teach My learning program here.

  • Texas Instruments - Texas Instruments should be your go to supplies when it comes to tools for math and science calculators. One lucky winner will be receiving this This is a colorful and engaging way for to learn math and science!

  • Wild Planet Foods - Wild Planet Foods has tuna like you have never tasted before. This tuna is the perfect ingredient for a healthy and delicious school lunch. Wild Planet offers tuna that has 6 times the Omega 3 and 1/2 the mercury other brands have. Order up your own supply of Wild Planet Foods here.

  • GHCretors - GHCretors offers all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free popcorn in a variety of flavors! You will love that a healthy snack can taste so good. This might just be the best popcorn you have ever tasted. Get your order placed here.

  • ListPlanIt - Are you ready to get your life organized? If so then ListPlanIt is the place to visit! Any kind of list you can imagine you will find on ListPlanIt. The winner is going to receive 2 ePlanners (Student ePlanner and Home Education ePlanner, value $10) + a coupon code for a 3-month trial to ListPlanIt! This is a fantastic prize to get the school year started off. You can also sign up for ListPlanIt here.

  • Online Math program choices available at A+Interactive Math : 

    Exciting! Right? 
    If you have any questions about our Math programs - please just let us know
    Entering is simple - just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter located on the main host site: 

    Go to 3BoysandaDog

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Back To Homeschool Facebook Party - Giveaway Wrap Up & Door Prizes

    Thank you again for attending our website launch & Back to Homeschool Facebook party! 

    We hope you had a good time and gained valuable insight for your homeschool journey. If you have any questions about homeschooling math, please don't hesitate to contact us. Visit the blog often to find freebies and information to help with all your homeschool needs.

    Remember A+ Interactive Math (by TutorSoft) offers a 1 month FREE trial, FREE placement tests and FREE worksheets. We are working hard to meet the needs of the homeschool community by providing top-of-the-line, interactive math and a program which will give your child a strong foundation in math, they can build on.

    Visit our NEW and improved website to learn more!

    Door prize #1:     

    So may students have particular areas in math where they struggle. We have had so many requests for these supplemental plans, and are happy to offer you a FREE Multiplication download. It will help you teach the principles of multiplication and provide visuals to help your child gain an understanding. It also gives multiplication practice for those who need it.             

    Total Value: $21.95   Use code: APLUSMATH  to get your FREE Multiplication curriculum supplement. 

    Door prize #2: 

    EEME provides electronic project kits that kids love! All attendees of our site launch/back to homeschool party get a FREE base kit with 1 month curriculum included. Get your's here  - scroll to the bottom of the screen and click where it says "your friend referred you so your first month is free" and subscribe to the Builder Basic plan. 

    EEME will ship you a basic kit and you can log in to view detailed video curriculum which will walk your children through building their own electronic genius light kit. Each month you will receive an addition to the base kit - unless you 'unsubscribe' to their plan. EEME guarantee's satisfaction - unsubscribe at any time. 
    (See review here) Deadline for FREE deal - 8/27

    Bonus Giveaway: 

    Our friends at Teach Them Diligently are giving away a family pass to one of the conventions in 2014! 
    (Value approx. $70) Visit their site with the link provided & come back to comment (at the bottom of this post) about which 2014 TTD Convention you would pick if you won! 

    A+ Interactive Math- Kindle Fire giveaway - Go HERE

    1) Creating A Masterpiece
    2) Founders Academy
    3) A+ TutorSoft
    4) Bright Ideas Press
    5) The Homegrown Preschooler
    6) Heritage History
    7) BrimWood Press
    8) CurrClick
    9) Master Books
    10) Unit Studies By Amanda Bennett
    11) Math File Folder Games
    12) Home Educating Family
    13) A Journey Through Learning
    14) Family Time Fitness
    15) How To Be Homeschooled
    16) Educents
    17) Winter Promise