Homeschool Math Newsletter, Vol. 37, February 2010
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In this month's newsletter:
1. Multiply & divide decimals by 10, 100, 1000 (powers of ten)
The video below shows, first of all, the common shortcut: you move the decimal point in the decimal number as many steps as there are zeros in the number 10, 100, 1000 etc. Then, I also show where this shortcut originates, using place value charts. In reality, it's not the decimal point moving (it's sort of an illusion), but the digits of the number move within the place value chart. This explanation can really help students to understand the reason behind the "trick" of moving the decimal point.
2. Free math worksheets at HomeschoolMath.net
If you're a new subscriber (or even an older one), you may not have noticed the vast amount of FREE worksheets you can make at HomeschoolMath.net. Currently, there are long lists of worksheets ready to make for grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5. (Grade 6 will be coming soon!)
And if those worksheets aren't enough, in the bottom of the worksheets page are links to other useful math worksheet sites.
3. Language arts resourcesYou might wonder what is that kind of title all about? Well, while this is definitely a math newsletter, and I do not claim to be an expert on language arts, I just keep having people ask me about language arts resources, if I have any, or if I can recommend any. So, I want to answer this question here once and for all. Maybe it can at least satisfy some curious minds.
I have been doing an "eclectic" mix of various language arts resources with my kids.
1. Learning to read.
I definitely am an advocate of teaching children to read as early as they are able. This is not so much for the purpose of them being able to do school work, but to increase their "horizons" of everything via books.
Till next month,
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