Hello again!
I had FUN putting together this newsletter! This time you get to hear a testimonial from Lisa, get free worksheets for area & perimeter, consider the answer to the (often asked!) question, 'Where do you need algebra?', and check out a neat game for order of operations.
Oh, and the tidbits have interesting stuff, too. Hopefully something for everybody!
~Maria
1. Math Mammoth news
2. Worksheets for area & perimeter
3. Where do you need square roots? Or algebra?
4. My Dear Aunt Sally  game for order of operations
5. Tidbits
1. Math Mammoth news
 Educents is a fairly new site that runs special deals for educational products. You can now get certain Math Mammoth bundles on Educents for 30% off! This deal runs till Monday, May 13. The bundles included in the deal (as downloads) are the Light Blue Series, Blue Series, and All Inclusive.
 May sale! I will run a sale at Kagi store for ALL Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning products for 25% off from May 15 till May 31. I'll send another notice about it when the time is near.
 Testimonial: Filling in the gaps with Math Mammoth
I just wanted to share this testimonial that Lisa K. sent in a few days ago. I find this situation is fairly common among children who come from public school and start Math Mammoth  they are behind in math, sometimes very much so (many grade levels). Yet, it's not a time to despair, because it IS possible to catch up!
It is often necessary to go back and make sure all the basics are mastered. Then, the child often progresses at a much faster pace, and within a few years they usually attain grade level.
The idea is not to have a race to keep up with public school, but to gain a solid understanding of math for life.
Here's Lisa's comment. Her daughter still has some more catching up to do, but she's progressing at a good pace!
Maria,
I just have to thank you for your wonderful math program. I emailed you late last summer about my 6th grade daughter who was terribly behind in math. You suggested I start her back in the grade 1 book to give her a fresh and solid start. I did and she has done great! She has completed both first grade books, both second grade books and has now started the multiplication "theme" books (I decided to just do multiplication because most of the other things in the 3rd grade book she already knows). I can't believe she's flown through 2 grade levels and is starting a third in less than one school year. She still does not love math, but she is doing well and has built some confidence. Your method for learning multiplication tables is terrific. She's learned 2, 4, 3, 5, 10, 11 in about 3 weeks!
I love that you focus, not just on learning the facts, but on understanding the concepts. Not just "this works", but "this is why this works". Many programs don't do that; it's just rote memorization which is partly why Grace got so behind. She never understood why she was carrying (for instance), she just did it. Now that it makes sense, it's really sticking with her.
I'm using your program with my other younger children, too, and am just as happy. Also, it's so easy for me to use. Almost no prep time and free worksheets when they need a little extra help or some review!
Thank you again and again for your wonderful program!
Blessings,
Lisa
2. Worksheets for area & perimeter
Here is the newest worksheet generator that I have added to HomeschoolMath.net:
Area and perimeter of rectangles/squares
It is very versatile and makes many different kinds of problems related to the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares.
You can make:
 problems for the area and perimeter of rectangles and squares, with grid images or normal images
 word problems, including ones asking for a side length when area or perimeter is given
 problems with irregular rectangular shapes
 problems to practice distributive property with twopart rectangular areas (required by Common Core Standards in 3rd grade).
I anticipate this worksheet generator to become very popular and sought out for by teachers AND parents alike.
You can make worksheets with just one type of problems from that list, or mix them up however you want. For example:
(in your browser options, make sure
background colors get printed)
I especially wanted to include the topic of area and distributive property because I feel many children may have some difficulty with the new CCS requirement for 3rd grade, that is 3.MD.7.c
"Use tiling to show in a concrete case that the area of a rectangle with wholenumber side lengths a and b + c is the sum of a × b and a × c. Use area models to represent the distributive property in mathematical reasoning."
You can generate worksheets for this exact standard! They can look like this:
(in your browser options, make sure
background colors get printed)
Here are some quick links for you to try the generator:
 Draw a rectangle with given area, or find the area of a given rectangle (grid image; about 2nd grade)
 Draw a rectangle with given area, or find the area of a given rectangle (grid image; 3rd grade)
 Find the area and perimeter of the given rectangle (grid image)
 Find area, perimeter, or the missing side length (rectangle image; 3rd  4th grade)
 Find area, perimeter, or the missing side length (word problem or rectangle image; 3rd  4th grade)
 Fill in a number sentence for the twopart rectangle, thinking of one rectangle or two (distributive property) (3rd grade Common Core standards; in your browser options, make sure background colors get printed)

Draw a twopart rectangle to match the given number sentence for its total area (distributive property) (3rd grade Common Core standards; in your browser options, make sure background colors get printed)
 Draw a rectangle OR write its area using distributive property (3rd grade Common Core standards, mixed practice)
 Find the area and perimeter of irregular rectangular shapes (grades 45)
 A variety of problems about area and perimeter (grades 45; in your browser options, make sure background colors get printed)
3. Where do you need square roots? Or algebra?
If you have taught math any length of time, I'm sure you have encountered the question, "Where do I ever need this?"
I've updated an article of mine on this topic. It specifically uses the example of where students might need the idea or concept of square root.
Where do you need math, square roots, or algebra?
The article also lists several resources that are designed to help students understand where math is needed in reallife.
Enjoy!
4. My Dear Aunt Sally  game for order of operations
You've surely heard of the acronym
PEMDAS for the order of operations (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally)  standing for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, Addition & Subtraction.
There's a new game for order of operations called
My Dear Aunt Sally. You can play it free online, or purchase an inexpensive app for your tablet.
It's a very good game, and takes some thinking! You need to place the given numbers into two expressions so that the operations make the two expressions have the same value.
You can see some screenshots
at my blog.
5. Tidbits

Mathematically "correct" bagel
Some 3d geometry and knife, and your breakfast bagel will turn into a twotwist Möbius strip!

Remembering Leonhard Euler
Google's logo for April 15 was a tribute to Leonhard Euler  a very famous mathematician from the 1700s.
You'll hear about him when you study calculus. The constant e bears his name. He's the father of many famous formulas, and on, and on, and on... he wrote volumes and volumes of works in mathematics, and is a fellow worth knowing something about, I feel!
 Skipbo Addition Game (or The Funnestest Bestest Math Game Ever!)
A fun review game for single digit addition facts.
 Polynomial Puzzler
These students were practicing multiplying polynomials using a puzzle, and the teacher did it well! I thought this was a BEAUTIFUL example of a strategy I often employ in my books as well: When students have learned a procedure, ask them to do it "backwards" before they have been taught formally how.
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Till next time,
Maria Miller