Make Math Meaningful (& FUN)

Math phobic? Math stressed? Behind in Math? Need a new approach to Math this year?

The easiest way to make math more meaningful and fun is to do the following:

  1. Change your math mindset and attitude
  2. Change your math expectations
  3. Readjust your math schedule
  4. Change the way you teach math
  5. Incorporate more real life lessons, hands on manipulative, and math picture books and
  6. Use games as much as possible.

In this week’s Coffee With Carrie Homeschool Podcast Episode #90: “Make Math Meaningful (& FUN),” I go into detail and give ideas on how to change your mindset, schedule, and methods and how to incorporate more games, picture books, and real-life lessons.


Listed below are resources mentioned in the episode and some of my other favorite math resources.

Bed Time Math App and Website

Life of Fred Math Curriculum

Tangram Puzzle and Books

Pattern Blocks and Books

Geoboards and Resource Books

Cusienaire Rods and Books & Fractions

Base Ten Blocks and Books

Brick Math (using Legos to teach math)

Sir Cumference Series by Cindy Neushwander 

Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod

Charles Bridge Math Adventure Series

Count Your Way Around the World Series by Jim Haskins

Math Games and Activities from Around the World by Claudia Zaslavsk

Math Art Projects and Activities by Carolyn Ford Brunetto

Sequence Addition Game

Tensies Dice Game

Zeus on the Loose Game

Totally Tut Multiplication (and order of operations) Game

24 Card Game

Sushi Go Game

Swamp Sum Game

Dino Tracks Place Value Game

Pizza Fraction Game

Absolute Zero Card Game

Monopoly (any version)

Coffee With Carrie IGTV Math Game Series

Coffee With Carrie Episode #19 “Math Story Time” and BLOG with Literature Book lists

Homeschool Basics: The 4 R’s

Through homeschooling, we are given the gift of time to teach the 4 basics: reading, writing, arithmetic, AND relationships. We have the freedom and flexibility to focus on building and restoring relationships and we have the freedom and flexibility to learning reading, writing and arithmetic in ways that make sense to our child and at our child’s pace.

Make sure you listen to last week’s CWC Carrie. I share the blessings of building 3 relationships while homeschooling our children:

  • Relationship with God and helping our children build their relationships with God
  • Relationships with our children and with our spouse
  • Relationships with siblings


In this week’s CWC Part 2 Podcast, I share simple ways to focus on the basics and simple ways to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic to all ages. As promised, the resources mentioned in this week’s podcast are listed below.

click here to listen to part 2


but god…

NEW PODCAST! “But God….” Calling all moms! This week’s coffee date is 100% pure encouragement from God’s Word!

  • Got challenges?
  • Homeschooling off to a rough start?
  • Is life getting messier each day?
  • Are the excuses and feelings of guilt piling up?
  • Feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or under-qualified?

If so, then it sounds like you need God to but into your life! Give yourself a break. Extend grace to yourself. Put the pity party favors away and then join me for a much-needed coffee break and time in God’s Word. (I think this week’s episode is more for me than you but I hope you can join me!)

In this week’s Coffee With Carrie episode, I share how to have a positive “But God…” attitude this school year. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, open your Bible, get a bunch of post its and a big red sharpie pen. You will need all of it for this week’s little coffee break.



Don’t forget to share with a friend who might need a little encouragement this week!


NEW PODCAST is up! “What’s in Your Basket?: Begin Your Day with Morning Time”


  • Looking for ways to save time and money?
  • Do you want to learn more as family?
  • Are you tired of everyone going to separate rooms to learn during the day?
  • Is your pile of “We will get to that when we have time” growing?
  • Are you trying to figure out how to start school at breakfast and be done by lunch?
  • Did you want your homeschooling day to be more family-centered and less “school-like”?

If you are mumbling these questions at the end of each day or grumbling in your heart some of these exact feelings, then I suggest you start a morning time routine!

Cindy Rollins, the author of A Handbook to Morning Time and the book Mere Motherhood: Morning Times, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification, is the go-to person on this precious morning time practice.  Pam Barnhill calls it Morning Basket Time and has created some wonderful resources you can purchase at her website. In our home, we called it “Mom Time.”

No matter what you call it, all you need is a basket full of things you want to read, do and learn as a family. Yep, it really is that simple!

LISTEN to this week’s Coffee With Carrie episode, “What’s in Your Basket?”

In this episode, I share a sample of what we did during our morning time or “Mom Time” when the kids were younger. In the episode, I focused on PreK-8th grade ideas. As promised in the podcast, I have listed below the resources mentioned with links.

I didn’t want my homeschooling moms with teens to feel left out, so below I also listed resources with links you can add to your basket if you have older students or if all of your kids are in high school. Just because your kids are older doesn’t mean you can’t begin or continue this precious morning “Mom Time” routine. To prove it to you, I listed some recourses just for teens too.

I pray this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast blesses you, inspires you, and encourages you!

God bless,

Carrie De

resources mentioned in podcast

DK Illustrated Family Bible

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science by Louie Giglio

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman

Tales from the Odyssey Part 1 and 2 by Mary Pope Osborne

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections) by Fiona Waters 

Draw Write Now Book 6: Animals and Habitats: On Land, Ponds and Rivers, Oceans by Marie Hablitzel 

Mad Libs

Story Starter Website and Writing Prompt Ideas

Michelangelo: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Venezia

Sir Cumference Series by Cindy Neuschwander 

Multiplication Slat and Multiplication War

MORNING BASKET TIME FOR TEENS to supplement younger basket(SAMPLE)

Elements of Faith Devotional by Richard Duncan (use this instead of Indescribable Devotional) or have teen read this on his own for personal quiet time)

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (read this instead if everyone is 7th grade and older)

Absolute Zero Card Game (play this game too if you have 7th-12th graders)

How To Draw Animals by Polly Pinder (give this to teen to use when younger students are drawing animals)

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year (Poetry Collections) by Fiona Waters (full of classic poets too for high schoolers)

Mad Libs (great way to review grammar)

Story Starter Website and Writing Prompt Ideas (use same prompts but require longer entries in writing journal)

Michelangelo: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Venezia

Sir Cumference Series by Cindy Neuschwander (your teen will appreciate the puns and have a few “ah ha” moments as you read it as a family)

Day of Dedication

NEW PODCAST!  “Day of Dedication:  What Is It and Why Should You Do It”.

Welcome to Season Three of CWC! Let’s kick off this new season and our new school year with a Day of Dedication! 

Before you buy one box of curriculum, before you sign up for any classes, and before you crack open one book, we should spend time on our knees dedicating our hearts, our homes, and our homeschooling to the Lord. 

What is a Day of Dedication?

It is a day to spend on your knees seeking God’s face, His guidance and His plans for your school year.  If you are want to learn more or plan a Day of Dedication, then listen to this week’s CWC Podcast. In this week’s episode, I share one of my favorite homeschooling traditions:  A Day of Dedication. 

I explain how to:

  • use this day to plan your year,
  • select a yearly Bible verse for your family
  • set goals for your children
  • pray over your curriculum
  • seek God’s plan for your homeschooling year, and
  • dedicate your school year to Lord. 

Before you finalize your plans and crack open those books, join me for this special little coffee.


If you want a copy of the Day of Dedication Prayer I shared in this week’s podcast, subscribe to Coffee With Carrie Newsletter.  As a gift, I will send you my Day of Dedication Prayer, the template for our First Day of School Dedication Prayer and a Daily Prayer I pray most mornings before starting lessons.

CLICK HERE TO get your copy