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I had a fantastic time at the FPEA Homeschool Convention, there is nothing like rubbing elbows with other moms with the same goal as you, or seeing tons of curriculum, first hand, or listening to homeschool veterans speak. After visiting a couple dozen booths I was able to decide on our curriculum for the upcoming school year (post to come soon!) and pick up some things for summer enrichment as well as just grabbing some fun finds. One of the great things that I found was Cheryl Bastian’s booth, Cheryl is a homeschool veteran who has wonderful wisdom to share. She does so through many ways, and has a great selection of available resources for homeschoolers- from manipulatives to books. Math adventures is a great way to incorporate nature into math.
Incorporating Nature Into Math
If you remember my post about Blaze New Trails and loved the idea of a nature based program that you can make your own you are going to love Cheryl Bastian’s Math Adventures! Math Adventures was created to follow along with the Units in Blaze New Trails but is also able to stand alone. It is full of simple math concepts like shapes, patterns, addition, counting by 10’s, and much more. We used it throughout the summer a bit and are now using it as a supplement for my Kindergartener this year and as a nature lover she is thrilled! My 8 year old is also able to do many of the activities in the book and it helps to build his confidence.
You don’t need any special equipment or supplies to use the book, just a 15-minute walk in your backyard, at the beach, or at the state park. You may find yourself counting sea seashells, pinecones, or looking for patterns in nature. The most reluctant math student from preschool age to about 8 years old will be happy to learn or reinforce math concepts.
I love the gentle living textbook style of this math book, perfect for any Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling and we are excited to continue on with it.