April 26, 2017

Great Math Resource in CalculatorSoup.com Website

I came across a website this evening that has proven to be a very helpful resource as a dad responsible for teaching and supporting my two kids with their math education as we homeschool. I’ve been working on a bit of a review for my kids and have been using the SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator to dynamically create practice worksheets for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tasks.

One of the practice sheets I created was for long division work, but also using answers to problems with remainder values specified. This is obviously a much easier method of division in that the kids didn’t have to work through the entire problem out to a certain number of decimal places. Instead, you just specify how many times the divisor will go into the dividend evenly, then specify the remainder left over.

The challenge was that I didn’t create an answer key when I created these worksheets and I didn’t want to have work through all the problems myself to get the correct answer. I came across the CalculatorSoup.com website with a quick Google search. It allows me to specify the divisor and the dividend for each problem. It then tells me the answer, including the remainder value. It also provides step-by-step solution for that problem so I can check and verify where my kids may have been having problems in their own work.

Calculator Soup website

In the screenshot above I’ve highlighted the area where you enter the values of the problems you’re checking, and displays each line of the answer as you work towards the solution. The other highlighted area illustrates the instructions for the mathematical concept as it’s shared on the website.

I encourage you to add CalculatorSoup.com to your list of resources for your own math needs and efforts for your family.

Homeschool Daddy Joins the Teach Them Diligently Blogger Team

Homeschool Daddy Joins Teach Them Diligently Blogger Team

Since the announcement made its way into the online universe, I guessing it’s all official and I can also talk about it. I’ll be joining the folks over Teach Them Diligently by participating as a member of their Blogger Team. I was combing through my spam email account and noticed that I’d received an email from Rebecca who heads up the social media efforts for the TTD organization.

In her email she said that through the conversation in a recent Twitter party, they had identified the need to get more dads involved in the community and would like to invite me to be the first dad to participate. Whether it’s a combination of excitement or my inability to say “No” to anything related to social media, I’m super excited to be considered and offered this opportunity from the group.

I was able to attend the inaugural Teach Them Diligently conference that took place last year in Spartanburg, SC. It was a very good conference and one that went very smoothly for it being the 1st conference. From my experience and exposure to the folks behind this organization, I can tell you that I’ve been very impressed with efforts and dedication to equipping parents and families to disciple their children.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut. 6:6-7).

I’m not sure what all will be happening with my involvement yet, but you can be sure you’ll be hearing more about it here on my blog, on Twitter, Facebook and even Google+. So be sure and connect with me in all of those places, whichever one you prefer or all of them. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Teach Them Diligently crew online as well at these location:

Monitogo Studios – LEGO Feature Film Animators

Monitogo Studios

This past weekend I was at SHEM Homeschool Convention in Springfield, MO. I was there working at the A+ TutorSoft Multi-Sensory Math Curriculum booth. Across from us was a vendor called Monitogo Studios and they were continuously busy with people stopping by their booth. The reason?… LEGOS and high-tech equipment.

You see, Monitogo Studios as I found out is a little company that jumped out of a homeschooling family, The Tulls. They’ve ventured into making clean, family-friendly movies using LEGO’s and stop-animation. Greg and his two sisters were at the booth and were very impressive as they represented their company, worked with all the kids who were intrigued with what they were doing and sharing their story with homeschoolers and their parents.

I kept waiting to find a time when they weren’t busy, any time they weren’t we seemed to be and vice-versa. So, hopefully this blog post will help me gather some more information and present it to everyone else.

I was looking for a video clip of what they’ve done so far, but couldn’t find anything on their website or YouTube channel, but I did find this video that talks about the effort after one of their shoots. 8 hours of work for 10 secs of finished animation.

They were there to try and recruit some interns to help them finish their feature length movie “Zathen and Nathan” that’s currently in production. So if you’re in the Springfield, MO area have a love for LEGO’s and a desire to get into film-making, check them out.