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Tracey
08-07-2009, 06:09 PM
How many of you ladies use a math journal technique with your kids and how do you like it?

Heather W
08-07-2009, 06:18 PM
:hi::hi:I do...up until now I've added it on with Horizons. This year I'm ditching Horizons and I'm going with Math on the Level. I hope to order it this week. In the meantime, I'm using the living math approach with the journals as our math program.

I want to do lessons with my kids on the same topic and spend time at the table with everyone. Then they do the problems at their level.

It's too difficult to do Horizons lessons with all the bells and whistles three time to cover all those levels.

I'm getting out of the rat race of just having kids do problems to check them off. I'm done with that approach.

I'm out.

So, math journaling (http://blogshewrote.blogspot.com/2009/04/commenter-asked-to-hear-more-about-our.html) is the thing.

(Tracey you knew I'd have a link;))

Tracey
08-07-2009, 06:28 PM
Oh Heather, next time I have a question I will just search your blog first. :group::group::group::group::group::group::

Heather W
08-07-2009, 06:34 PM
Oh Heather, next time I have a question I will just search your blog first. :group::group::group::group::group::group::group:

See I thought you'd probably have seen it and were looking for OTHER stuff;)

Tracey
08-07-2009, 06:40 PM
See I thought you'd probably have seen it and were looking for OTHER stuff;)

:yes::yes::yes::yes:

Gail in NY
08-07-2009, 08:42 PM
Heather - can I come to your house to see you and Math on the Level "in action"? :hi:

Heather W
08-07-2009, 08:49 PM
Heather - can I come to your house to see you and Math on the Level "in action"? :hi:

Sure can! That would actually be reasonable and by the time you get to NY, I might actually OWN it! We have to throw down $315 including shipping to get it all at once.;)

Heather W
08-08-2009, 08:04 AM
What?! NO ONE else is doing math journals?

bummer...

Tracey
08-08-2009, 08:06 AM
What?! NO ONE else is doing math journals?

bummer...

I told my friend about it and she went to your blog and likes the idea a lot. :)

Trudy
08-08-2009, 09:06 AM
Heather, I loved looking at your blog on math journaling. I always learn something new when I go there.

CINDY LB OH
08-08-2009, 10:39 AM
I haven't used the math journal idea yet, but thanks to Heather and her blog, I am planning to use one this year with my ds.

We have the Get A Grip Math lab which I will use for journaling as well as living math books I pick up from the library. We are also using Miquon Math which I think will lend itself well to the math journal idea. You can see my plans here http://perfectlybrowned.blogspot.com/search/label/math

I found this page (http://www.calicocookie.com/mathjournal.html) as well about using journals with K and early elementary. I like this idea off that page: Keep two clear plastic estimation jars. Use one as a reference that always contains ten or twenty of an item. Some types of objects that work well are counters, erasers, little toy cars for a unit on transportation, dolls, little plastic farm or zoo animals, acorns for fall, marbles, little pinecones, conversation hearts for February, candy bars for Halloween, etc.

You can relate the jars to whatever FIAR or Beyond book being studied,and put it on a shelf throughout the week.

Lori D
08-08-2009, 11:23 AM
http://letsplaymath.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/writing-to-learn-math-ii/

http://letsplaymath.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/writing-to-learn-math/

I was just looking through these ideas yesterday. Lots of inspiration here too!--although, Heather's blog makes the whole idea very understandable .

shonda in ca
08-08-2009, 11:55 AM
I haven't actually started the Math Journal per se, but that's what I plan on doing this year! :thumb:
I haven't used a math curriculum with my boys or youngest. We do math manipulatives, games and I follow the What Your Blank Grader Needs to Know guidelines. Also, for my 7 yo, I have done math stories a la Waldorf like, Roman Numerals story (http://hollyhock-hill.blogspot.com/2008/12/sheep-and-beeswax.html)
I'm going to have a lot of fun with Math Journal this school year!

Heather W
08-08-2009, 12:23 PM
I haven't actually started the Math Journal per se, but that's what I plan on doing this year! :thumb:
I haven't used a math curriculum with my boys or youngest. We do math manipulatives, games and I follow the What Your Blank Grader Needs to Know guidelines. Also, for my 7 yo, I have done math stories a la Waldorf like, Roman Numerals story (http://hollyhock-hill.blogspot.com/2008/12/sheep-and-beeswax.html)
I'm going to have a lot of fun with Math Journal this school year!

Shonda you're so cool!:cool:

This website (http://mathwire.com/) I found this morning and it looks like a lot of fun...

Tracey
08-08-2009, 12:27 PM
Great link! Thanks! Your blog looks fantastic! :clap::clap:

Tracey
08-08-2009, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the blog link! :clap:

Tracey
08-08-2009, 12:31 PM
Shonda, that is cool that you have never used a math curriculum yet. I would love to dump it and be free but sometimes I get scared. I thought about using the What Your ___Grader Needs to Know this year and a math journal but I am getting nervous about it. Heather, if you read this chime in and give me your thoughts on this idea.

Heather W
08-08-2009, 12:35 PM
Good books...I think it's a reasonable thing to do. That series is pretty steep in its expectations so I would think anyone would be good to go if they had those skills under their belt. We looked at the one for grade 6 recently to see how E10 was doing. It was all good.

I'm interested in MOTL because I don't want to be totally on my own and it gives me a way to track what skills each child has mastered. Plus, it has some really fun resources.

Lisa in the UP of MI
08-08-2009, 02:30 PM
I haven't used the math journal idea yet, but thanks to Heather and her blog, I am planning to use one this year with my ds.

We have the Get A Grip Math lab which I will use for journaling as well as living math books I pick up from the library. We are also using Miquon Math which I think will lend itself well to the math journal idea. You can see my plans here http://perfectlybrowned.blogspot.com/search/label/math

I found this page (http://www.calicocookie.com/mathjournal.html) as well about using journals with K and early elementary. I like this idea off that page: Keep two clear plastic estimation jars. Use one as a reference that always contains ten or twenty of an item. Some types of objects that work well are counters, erasers, little toy cars for a unit on transportation, dolls, little plastic farm or zoo animals, acorns for fall, marbles, little pinecones, conversation hearts for February, candy bars for Halloween, etc.

You can relate the jars to whatever FIAR or Beyond book being studied,and put it on a shelf throughout the week.

Can you tell me more about Get a Grip math? I asked a question about a similar math lab and was convinced not to get it. I think there was a lot of teacher prep and the moms didn't think it was worth the work. Thanks for any info you can give. :)

shonda in ca
08-08-2009, 02:56 PM
While I'm thinking of it, I'll add that I also like to read lots of math books/stories to the kids to inspire them to want to learn math.

Some I like are:
Mathmeticians Are People, Too- Stories From the Lives of Great Mathmeticians Vol. 1 & 2
The Librarian That Measured the Earth
The Adventures of Penrose the Mathmetical Cat (after I read the first 2 page story from this book, my ds, who was probably about 10 at the time, spent hours playing with bianary numbers!
All of the Sir Cumference books

All of these books would make great Math Journal narrations, in my opinion. :)

Tracey
08-08-2009, 03:11 PM
Thanks Heather! I am glad E is doing well. :clap:

Kendall in GA
08-08-2009, 05:00 PM
What?! NO ONE else is doing math journals?

bummer...

I'm far too lazy! :lol: Besides, I don't have time for journaling (or is it that I'm too impatient :eyes: :blush: )...I'm more of the I-need-you-to-know-how-to-compute/solve-and-how-to-apply-it school of thought. I don't need you to tell me or write about it...I just wanna see the results. :lol:

In any event, here's a GREAT book for Roman numerals: Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler. :thumb: (I used it to teach Reese to read & write Roman numerals. It was a hit and effective. :thumb: )

Tracey
08-08-2009, 06:00 PM
Kendall, that is really funny because I just checked that out from the library. It is a really nice book. :clap:

Heather W
08-08-2009, 07:21 PM
I'm far too lazy! :lol: Besides, I don't have time for journaling (or is it that I'm too impatient :eyes: :blush: )...I'm more of the I-need-you-to-know-how-to-compute/solve-and-how-to-apply-it school of thought. I don't need you to tell me or write about it...I just wanna see the results. :lol:

In any event, here's a GREAT book for Roman numerals: Fun with Roman Numerals by David A. Adler. :thumb: (I used it to teach Reese to read & write Roman numerals. It was a hit and effective. :thumb: )

Oh I get it, but the journals are about WAY more than writing about math actually. It's about problem solving and thinking skills and living math rather than problem sets.

Kendall in GA
08-08-2009, 08:38 PM
Oh I get it, but the journals are about WAY more than writing about math actually. It's about problem solving and thinking skills and living math rather than problem sets.

You didn't get it...I'm way too lazy to have my dc keep any kind of math journal! We discuss math all of the time as it applies to us IRL and do problem solving w/ games, puzzles (Math Perplexors is a fave) etc. I guess you can say that we journal orally and through play. :lol: Those have to count for something! ;)

molly in cr
08-08-2009, 09:57 PM
Here is a great Squidoo page (http://www.squidoo.com/math-notebooking) on Math journaling.

CINDY LB OH
08-09-2009, 01:34 PM
Can you tell me more about Get a Grip math? I asked a question about a similar math lab and was convinced not to get it. I think there was a lot of teacher prep and the moms didn't think it was worth the work. Thanks for any info you can give. :)

Lisa-- here is the link for Get A Grip math lab (http://topscience.org/books/grip73.html). It comes as a complete workstation with everything put together for you. You just take it out and set it up. All the containers are marked and ready to go. Pouring the lentils in the box is about all the teacher prep there is. :clap:

Tops has a Lentil Science curriculum also-but that requires more prep work to make copies and find some of your own containers. But I had the math lab first and it uses basically the same vials/jars. The additional vials I needed I ordered from TOPS because it would be way to much to have to find my own and cut them to size. We love the Lentil Science too, BTW. These are fun hands-on programs.

Kendra AU
08-10-2009, 02:16 AM
We do math journals (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/06/living-math-update.html). I leave the kids a variety of math problems in their journals. They might be simple (draw a.....) or they might be harder.. No one knows what Super Math Bea (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/07/super-math-bear-strikes-again.html)r will do.. ;) When they answer the problems Super Math Bear leaves a golden footprint and a note behind.

Problems left behind tend to dwell on what we ARE learning what we HAVE learned, and SOMETHING they STRUGGLE with (particular math fact.. ie 8+8, 4x3, etc.) We've been doing math journals for some time now and enjoy them. They are part of our normal math days...

Kendra

Heather W
08-10-2009, 06:53 AM
Oh Kendra! Now I need a math mascot too! Hmmm....love that paw print.

Lisa in the UP of MI
08-10-2009, 09:43 AM
We do math journals (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/06/living-math-update.html). I leave the kids a variety of math problems in their journals. They might be simple (draw a.....) or they might be harder.. No one knows what Super Math Bea (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/07/super-math-bear-strikes-again.html)r will do.. ;) When they answer the problems Super Math Bear leaves a golden footprint and a note behind.

Problems left behind tend to dwell on what we ARE learning what we HAVE learned, and SOMETHING they STRUGGLE with (particular math fact.. ie 8+8, 4x3, etc.) We've been doing math journals for some time now and enjoy them. They are part of our normal math days...

Kendra

How fun! My kids would love this, especially oldest dd.

Lisa in the UP of MI
08-10-2009, 09:48 AM
Lisa-- here is the link for Get A Grip math lab (http://topscience.org/books/grip73.html). It comes as a complete workstation with everything put together for you. You just take it out and set it up. All the containers are marked and ready to go. Pouring the lentils in the box is about all the teacher prep there is. :clap:

Tops has a Lentil Science curriculum also-but that requires more prep work to make copies and find some of your own containers. But I had the math lab first and it uses basically the same vials/jars. The additional vials I needed I ordered from TOPS because it would be way to much to have to find my own and cut them to size. We love the Lentil Science too, BTW. These are fun hands-on programs.


Thanks, Cindy! I'll be making a Rainbow Resource purchase soon and am now considering buying this.

Lori D
08-10-2009, 02:11 PM
While I'm thinking of it, I'll add that I also like to read lots of math books/stories to the kids to inspire them to want to learn math.


There are also really good book lists on the Living Math! (http://www.livingmath.net/ReaderLists/tabid/268/language/en-US/Default.aspx) blog. I matched the books listed with concepts on this scope and sequence (http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students?curriculum)to help plan next years math for my 1st grader.

Kendra AU
08-10-2009, 07:51 PM
To be honest, Super Math Bear is a bit of a legend in these parts.. ;) His golden footprint (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/07/super-math-bear-strikes-again.html) was just the cherry on top.

Lori D
08-10-2009, 10:08 PM
To be honest, Super Math Bear is a bit of a legend in these parts.. ;) His golden footprint (http://aussiepumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2009/07/super-math-bear-strikes-again.html) was just the cherry on top.

I love your "Super Math Bear" and your math games and your book recommendations!

I was able to get some books from the library that I first saw on your blog-- in our neck of the woods, they go under the series title "Math Adventures" instead of "Using Maths". My son loves them!