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What the Previewers thought of The Lion, the Witch and the Mathematician

home made math Intermediate Measurement Narnia Ratio

Leading up to the release of The Lion, the Witch and the Mathematician I approached several homeschool families to try and review the unit. Here is what they said... 


{Homemade Math + GIVEAWAY} When you are a hands-on, artistic, nose in a storybook kind of kiddo then you may find sheets of mathfacts and figures can be a bit tedious (sometimes tortuous). This month our 6th grader delved into a brand new math unit created by @homemademath based on one of Felicity's favorite books ever! The Lion, The Witch, and the Mathematician is a brilliant combination of hands-on activities based on questions found right in the pages of The C.S. Lewis classic and practice for building real life problem solving skills appropriate for 5th to 8th grades. . At one point Felicity asked, "Is this actually math!!??" And let me tell you she is all for a math program that has us drawing pictures from the book, making desserts, and taking a hike to find a creek (all mixed with rates and ratio figuring along the way). . This is the kind of project that gets me so excited to help my kids understand why math is truly important and pertinent in every day life. "You WILL use it, kids." It just probably won't look like a sheet of 100 problems to answer and show your work! It may look like calculating ingredients, resizing a graphic to scale, or reading something in your favorite book and thinking "Hmmmm, I wonder how much that would be?" And knowing how to come up with a plausible answer!  (I was given a copy of the course to sample but all opinions are honest and based on our personal experience)

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I am so excited to finally share this with you! We were asked to take part in @homemademath launch of The Lion, The Witch and The Mathematician. It is an amazing math curriculum for grades 5th-8th that goes with one of our favorite books The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Amaya is in the 6th grade but from the very beginning she has had a love for books and a struggle with all things math 😳 I am sure many of you can relate to this. At times I have to ask her to put a book down that she is reading so that we can get some other school things done. When Becky shared this curriculum with me I was so excited. This was just what we needed for Amaya to finally enjoy math. It takes her love for reading and allows her to use the book to understand math. I can't say enough about how great it was to see her excited about math. There were even times when she ask if she could do the project again 😳 can I get an amen from all the moms who struggle to get through math each day like me! This picture is of her castle she made while working on understanding how to make just the right size cones and cylinders to recreate one of the castles from the book. 

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This house is full of a bunch of Narnia loving kiddos, but I can't say the same about math 😜 Often times I have wished that I was creative and clever enough (in the math department) to come up with my own hands-on activities to help them truly grasp a new mathematical concept. Thankfully, Becky over at @homemademath has come to the rescue! She did much of the work for us. She created, and recently released, a fun and brand new math unit that goes along with the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's brilliant I tell ya! I'm certain they wouldn't have understood measurements and ratios as well as they do now! And they certainly wouldn't have had as much fun learning it!! It's for 5th - 8th grade, but our younger children were able to join in! I love that. If this sounds like something you and your kids would enjoy head on over to her page to learn more! 

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I'm sharing something a little different today... Becky @homemademath contacted me about previewing her 'The Lion, The Witch and The Mathematician' math activities. I have been following her for some time and was excited to check it out. Math is one subject that I struggle helping my children learn at home. I prefer engaging them in as many hands on activities as possible to enrich their learning. This proved to be just the sort of thing I have been looking for! I found each of the activities to be engaging, hands-on, applicable to real life situations and easily generalizable to other scenarios. Becky also provides plenty of support and ideas for extending the learning. I also really like that I could incorporate nature in to some of the activities. 😉💚 We pulled out our collection of rocks for the stone statue activity (which my kids got a huge kick out of). Do you know how much you'd weigh if you were turned into a statue? We're really looking forward to the beaver dam activity next... Pop by her sight to see more activities from this package and to read about others' experiences. 

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Narnia lovers — remember the treat that lured Edmond into the spell of the White Witch: Turkish Delight? Have you ever wondered how to make Turkish Delight and what it tastes like? Thanks to inspiration from Becky @homemademath we made a batch of this mysterious pink treat — and then calculated how much more we would need to fill our entire living room! This is just one of the hands-on math activities in Becky's new fantastic math unit on rates and ratios. The activities, which are all based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, are designed for grades 5-8, but both of our girls (grades 2 and 5) loved them. This is creative, hands-on math at its best: measuring, estimating, multiplying, dividing, calculating scale and ratio — all while making scale model characters, pink Turkish Delight, paper castles, and a map of Narnia! 78 pages of information, images, and detailed instructions titled, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Hands On Activities in Rates and Ratios for Grades 5-8.

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Reading about all families enjoying these Narnia based activities was a dream come true! So a big THANK YOU to my previewers. Have you tried the unit yet? If not you can grab it here. If you have I would LOVE to hear your feedback, email me at xx


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