Posted by Dad on November 24th, 2014 in WorksheetsAdd Your Thoughts!

There’s been some issues of late with the printable graph paper, notably some browsers didn’t like the way I specified the width of the lines that make up the grid. As a result some of the lines didn’t show up, so many of the pages looked blank. This has been fixed up and hopefully everybody’s browser is happy now. If you experience any trouble printing any of the graph paper pages, please drop a notes in the comments here and be sure to mention which browser and operating system you’re using.

As before, the printable graph paper pages can be found at this link…

Printable Graph Paper

I also tried to tune the margins a bit so that the pages would print on a wider range of printers without spilling onto additional pages. If you experience this with the graph paper, or even any of the regular math worksheet pages, remember you can often adjust your printing settings directly in the browser’s print dialog or via the “Page Setup” command. Turning off headers and footers or setting the printer margins to values like “Minimal” often give you more printable area on a page.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted by Dad on November 16th, 2014 in Math News, ParentingAdd Your Thoughts!

The adoption of Common Core standards across schools is a topic that has a lot of people jumping to one side of the fence or another. It’s difficult to find a balanced view of this controversial topic, but this recent article from LifeHacker hit both sides of the debate and is definitely worth a read if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about…

The Parent’s Guide to Common Core

The math component of Common Core has drawn more perhaps more criticism than others, and Marina Ratner in the Wall Street Journal definitely wasn’t shy about pointing out some of the larger concerns…

Making Math Education Even Worse

Dad’s perspective? There’s definite value in assessing how well individual schools are doing with their math curriculum, and standardized testing is probably the most effective way to make these comparisons. And a renewed focus on true problem solving (not just the mechanics of symbol manipulation) is a positive step in teaching math concepts. But will Common Core be the final word on this? Probably not.

The larger problem in my mind remains one of inspiration, not creating the one sanctified list of what to teach and how (of which there’s certainly no single “correct” way), or even assessment (which is necessary, but will always imperfect, no matter how many tax dollars we throw at it). Rather, if we approached math the way that we did many other topics, like art, music or literature, where there was a a great story or beauty to be unfolded, I suspect much of the gap in STEM competency that everybody worries about would melt away. This inspiration is only going to come at the hands of talented teachers and engaged parents, like Seven Strogatz…

Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It

What are your thoughts? Has your school fully embraced Common Core math and how is that working out for your kids?

Posted by Dad on November 10th, 2014 in Puzzles, Worksheets2 Comments

Multiplication drills aren’t everything, and sometimes a good puzzle is a great way to reinforce those math facts we enjoy practicing so much.

These math puzzle worksheets are a great way to work out your basic operator skills, and provide a way to develop number sense as well.

There are basic worksheets that cover the fundamental arithmetic operations…

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

Multiplication and Division Puzzles

…as well as more advanced worksheets that mix all four operators…

All Operations Puzzles

Each series of worksheets includes variations with missing operations, missing numbers, and both. They also increase in difficulty from simple math facts all the way through four digit numbers, and there are variants with negative numbers. The puzzle sample shown here is an answer key for one of the harder multiplication and division puzzle problems.

Did you find these puzzles useful? Have any ideas for other puzzle problem worksheets? Drop a note in the comments section below and maybe your worksheet ideas will wind up here in the future…

Thanks as always and happy problem solving!

Posted by Dad on May 7th, 2012 in Worksheets23 Comments

Some of the problems in the More Subtraction on the Number Line worksheets were outside the range of the number line shown to work out each problem. Got those fixed this morning, just end time for some end-of-the year subtraction review…

Posted by admin on March 27th, 2012 in Worksheets5 Comments

It’s been a little slow on the worksheet front here, but I’m getting back in the swing of things. To get things started, I’ve added a few more topics to the series of investing word problem worksheets that you can find at the links below…

Earnings Per Share Worksheets

Price-to-Earnings Ratio Worksheets

We’ve been having fun learning more about some stock market math and I’ll keep expanding this section in conjunction with traditional topics…

More math worksheets to come soon!