Math Help: Illuminations

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I just discovered this math site tonight http://illuminations.nctm.org/ that is an absolute treasure trove of resources.

It’s divided into four major sections: activities, lessons, standards and web links, and covers grades pre-K to 2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

The standards are number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability. The online activities are a lot of fun, though I did have one page freeze up on me using my Firefox browser.

I can’t wait to do some of these activities with Brhiannon when she comes home. She is more of a hands on and visual learner, and using more than one approach, utilizing as many of her senses work best for her. I anticipate her really enjoying this site. Brhiannon has not had a positive experience with math, and has developed a…oh, shall I say, dread, for doing math?

I have to be honest and say part of the reason for this is because of the inconsistency of academic practice between her two homes. It’s one of my greatest frustrations. Another part is because she is very right brained and she operates on her own time table. I must confess that I have periodically succumbed to pressure to “keep her up to state standards”, pushing her into abstract learning before she was psychologically or neurologically ready. 🙄

Between the two, she has developed a lack of confidence and self esteem in all things mathematical…except when she doesn’t know they’re mathematical. Which is another reason why I love another site so much. I’ll post on that one later.

For now, I want to say I think http://illuminations.nctm.org/ is a valuable resource and I’m very pleased to have discovered it. Rather than go through most of the site myself before posting, I want to post it now and give you the opportunity to explore it yourself!

I’d love to hear what you think – what you like best or recommend from this site. I’ll revisit this site and make further posts concerning which activities we like or find most helpful.

Happy learning!


About Demian E Yumei

Demian is a singer/songwriter, author, activist and lifelong learner. She is the administrator and writer of Inclusive Homeschool and is currently working on a book about covert abuse.
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