The Talking Stick Blog

News, Updates, Program Recaps, and Homeschooling Information

How can you help children learn math?

It’s no secret that many kids say they hate math. Perhaps what they are saying is that they hate the way math is taught in the classroom. For many years now, Talking Stick Learning Center has offered a Math Circle to the local community as one of our supplementary programs. Our Math Circle has been recognized nationwide and continues to…

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2017 Spring Fundraising Campaign

We Appreciate Your Support Hello Talking Stick Families and Friends! We’re pleased as punch to be writing our annual fundraising letter from a place of financial stability unlike we’ve ever had! In 2016-2017 enough families enrolled and paid tuition in full that the budget was basically in balance all year. This is great news for those of us in charge…

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USING MAPPING DIAGRAMS TO DEFINE FUNCTIONS

(April 18 and 25, 2017) We spent most of our third session creating mapping diagrams, which are a visual way to present and evaluate functions. The students were surprised, after several weeks of numerical function machines, that functions do not have to involve words. They can involve words and more. We mapped students to their drivers, students to their ages,…

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Open Registration: Homeschooling Programs for Next Year

No Registration Fee ($100) Before June 1 Open Registration for our 2017-2018 homeschooling programs has begun. We’ve crafted several new offerings for our older participants, including a wider mix of ages in our Intermediate Program and our Teen Program. Of course, our original, self-directed, and inter-disciplinary Day Program, designed for ages 4 to 10, remains at the heart of what we do….

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Bill Cipher, Racamán, and Lightning (Functions 1)

(April 18, 2017) The goal of today’s session was to get everyone familiar with what typical functions look like. Over the weeks we’ll be ramping this up. Today, though, was the first session of a six-week “Picnie Math” course on functions designed for students approximately age 10-13. We had a circle of 13 students ages 9-14 picnicking on the grounds…

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Homeschooling High School: Yes You Can!

“Homeschooling is okay for young kids, but high school is too important to miss.” “My kids need to learn how to go to school in order to be successful in college.” “How does anyone get into a good college without a high school diploma?” “I don’t know how to teach my child [algebra/calculus/physics/etc], so s/he needs to go to high…

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Pushin’ Too Hard? (Problem Solving 4 and 5)

(March 30 and April 6, 2017) I’ve had the song “Pushin’ Too Hard” in my head for the past two weeks. Math Circle is to blame. (Or to credit – I like that song!) The students seem to want to really challenge themselves. Especially since they’ve been acknowledging their feelings about problems and said (several weeks ago) that the Balance…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #3: Domains, Ranges, Sheep, and Apples

(March 23, 2017) “What’s that,” asked L, the first student to arrive for math circle. It was a balance scale. I showed him how to calibrate it, then, as the others trickled in, showed everyone how to use it to weigh things. Once our group was assembled, people wanted to get right to work on function machines. A went first,…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #2: Progress on the Ogre Problem

(March 9, 2017) “The math circle teacher is here!” announced S to the other students who were playing outside, as I walked onto the Talking Stick grounds. I was early, but before I even had my bag open and the whiteboards set up in the classroom, everyone was sitting on the floor waiting to start. So we started. Immediately everyone…

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PROBLEM SOLVING #1: A New Group of Students

March 2, 2017 As I prepare for today’s math circle, I realize that I am in a privileged position of utmost responsibility: only one person in this group of six has ever been to a math circle before. For years, the majority of students in our circles have participated for years. I hope I am up to the task. FUNCTION…

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