The Homeschool Glossary
A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
for the Totally Confused
See "Charlotte Mason" entry.
Math manipulatives refers to hands-on educational tools that help students
build concrete models of abstract math concepts so they can better understand
them. Manipulatives include pattern blocks,
Manipulatives help students connect math terminology and symbols to practical
application. With manipulatives students can test their theories and reasoning
to solve math problems. They make learning math more tangible and fun. You can
make your own math manipulatives out of items you find around the house (like
pennies, pebbles, or dried beans) or you can purchase them from
Based on the life's work of Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method has
a broad vision of education and follows the natural development of the individual
child and their innate directive that freely guides them toward growth and
The children's innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them
opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the
specific materials under the guidance of a trained adult. Within a framework
of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to
their individual capabilities. Montessori recognizes a developmental order
from birth to adulthood and activities and environment are adjusted to suit
developmental needs. To Learn More:
Moore, Dr. Raymond & Dorothy
Known as the "grandparents of the homeschooling movement" they
were involved with homeschooling for over 55 years. They are the authors
of The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
that included their "Moore Formula" for successful homeschooling
and they are the founders of The Moore Foundation that
assists homeschool parents.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner, a
psychologist and prolific author, who proposed that every person possesses
at least 8 kinds of intelligences to different degrees that include: linguistic,
logical-mathematical, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, musical, spatial,
naturalist, and intrapersonal.
Since schools typically gear their curriculum toward linguistic and
logical-mathematical learners, it is not the best place for everyone to learn.
He suggests that curriculum should be custom-tailored to address and emphasize
an individual's strengths and manage the weaknesses. To learn more:
Math U See — This popular math curriculum for grades K-12 includes an
emphasis on working with manipulatives to build concepts, viewing a video to
hear and see how the process works, and then using workbooks to practice the
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