Add Some Personality to Your Homeschool Math Curriculum

Since math is the most likely of all your homeschool subjects to be taught and learned in an abstract way, you may very well see a corresponding lack of liveliness, interest, and enthusiasm for the subject. But you can make it more agreeable and inviting by infusing and enlivening it with a bit of character and personality. This enhancement, beyond being merely utilitarian, also touches on the true nature and deeper qualities of math.

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Laying a strong and positive foundation in your homeschool math first grade curriculum is essential. Regrouping or recouping interest and confidence in math later, once it’s been lost, is challenging to downright impossible. It’s so much wiser and better to establish a warm, friendly relationship from the start. This shouldn’t be fuzzy or unfocused however There is much to be found in the heart and at the roots of math that can naturally arouse interest and even affection!

Introduce each of the numbers in the first grade, attending to each one individually by using stories and images that capture its unique essence. Devote a full teaching block of three to four weeks to the numbers 1-12 by telling and illustrating classic stories about such relevant subjects as the sun for the number 1, or bees and a beehive for the number 6. This is an investment that will yield a lasting and positive relationship with math for all of your students, while insuring the overall success of your homeschool math curriculum.

After introducing the numbers, the next step is to bring them together so they can interrelate. Teaching all 4 processes at once using simple and straightforward equations promotes greater student understanding. Seeing the big picture in this way is reassuring, because there won’t be any daunting, hidden surprises with multiplication and division if addition and subtraction are taught first. Personalize the 4 processes by applying and relating the 4 temperaments to them.

The 4 temperaments were first discovered and used for medical and philosophical purposes some 2,500 years ago by Hippocrates and Plato, respectively. This concept resurfaced in the Middle Ages, and though the causal links between them and health and personality have not stood the test of time, more recent personality analysis via the 4 temperaments is effectively and widely used. They can be successfully applied to your homeschool math curriculum as well.

Attributing temperament personalities to the 4 processes helps a great deal toward a greater understanding as well as proper, successful use. Colorful costumes, along with stories and plays, characterize and illustrate each one’s unique traits and the way they all interact. This can also be a first look at how math intersects and interconnects on a deep and vital level, while giving it a dynamic and interesting face that will easily hold any student’s attention and interest.

Here are the personality characteristics most often attributed to the 4 temperaments, and how they can be related to the 4 processes. Colors can be used for personality and costuming.

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