• Math How to Teach Your Wiggly Preschooler Math Preschoolers are a ton of fun. They’re energetic, curious, and immensely proud of their new skills and abilities. But their short attention spans and high energy levels can make it difficult to get these sweet wiggly little people to sit and focus. That doesn’t mean that you can’t give your preschooler a...

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  • Math Subtraction: More Than Just Taking Away Can you tell what these three word problems have in common?    I had 8 cookies, and then I ate 5. How many cookies did I have left? I have 8 cookies. 5 are chocolate, and the rest are oatmeal raisin. How many are oatmeal raisin?  There are 8 chocolate...

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  • Math How to Teach Addition and Subtraction with Play Money Hands-on math materials help children understand math concepts better and become more fluent at solving problems. Plus, they make math time a lot more engaging and more fun. Making your math lessons more hands-on doesn’t mean you have go out and buy a lot of specialized math manipulatives, though. In...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Well-Trained Mind Academy The Well-Trained Mind Academy is based on the classical model described in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published in 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its fourth edition). Offering a full range of middle school (logic stage) and high school (rhetoric stage) classes across the...

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  • Subjects Online Math Courses The Well-Trained Mind Academy offers a variety of courses in Math. Our small class sizes allow for plenty of interaction with instructors and other students, and our experienced instructors combine passion for their subjects with classical rigor.
  • Math How to Drill the Math Facts Imagine trying to make spaghetti sauce if you didn’t know how to chop an onion, brown ground beef, or measure spices. Even with a recipe, you would find yourself puzzling over every single step: “Do I need to take the skin off the onion first? How high should the heat...

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  • Math Conceptual & Procedural Math: What’s the Difference? As soon as you start reviewing math curricula, you’ll run across the phrase “conceptual math.” What is conceptual math (and why should you care)? “Conceptual math” is shorthand for mathematics instruction that clearly explains the reasons why operations work as they do. It is often contrasted with “procedural math,” which...

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