Does your kid hate math?
Or are you looking for a way to make math a little more fun in your homeschool.
I know I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for ways to keep the subjects we teach interesting, engaging, and fun.
Which is why I hit the jackpot when I found the Murderous Maths series.
After reading a few reviews, I took the plunge and bought the entire series. And they did NOT disappoint.
We’ve used them in our homeschool for years … and my 12 year old is reading them again this summer for fun!
And this week, I’m going to tell you all about them.
Hello, my name's ToriAnn Perkey, and from my homeschool to your homeschool, today I want to talk about what happens when you take math, add it to murder and you get some kind of magical mathematical learning. It is all because of a series of math books that are a real hit in my family.
They are called Murderous Maths, and yes, it is not a typo. It's maths because they come from Great Britain, which is where they say maths instead of math. Now why do I love these books? Well first of all, there's a lot of them. I'm just going to show you some of the covers --Guaranteed to Bend Your Brain and Guaranteed to Mash Your Mind are the first two. These are general books.
These books are kind of a combination of comic book with a really funny sense of humor. Think Monty Python combined with some really excellent deep math learning. Not a curriculum, but for any kid, whether they love math or not, this is going to be a fun read. We've actually sat down and read them as part of our morning reading time and my kids love them.
Okay, so let me show you a little bit in here what they look like ... give you a good idea. These first couple are just general math, and they cover a lot of different topics. When the author Poskit started to make them, he didn't know he was going to make as many. So he just covered some topics.
And let me give you-- let me give you an idea of how this book is put together. You can see that it's got lots of pictures and texts. This part is how our 10 system works in the invention of nothing, which of course is going to be about the invention of zero. You've got funny characters that are saying things throughout the book. Here's an example of talking about time actually in comic book format and then moving along.
There's definitely some excellent math diagrams. Here's about right angles. I love it because it's written at a middle ... middle grade -- so sixth, seventh, eighth grade reading level. And it's got humor that's just a little bit quirky. It's gross, but it's not yucky gross. It's just kind of like "Ooh, gross" sort of things. So Guaranteed to Mash Your Mind and Guaranteed to Bend Your Brain are the first two.
And then they get into more subject specific. So for example, here's one on Savage Shapes. This one's going to be all about geometry. Here's another one on Do You Feel Lucky? This one is about probability. Here's one called The Phantom X. Phantom X is going to be about algebra. And again, all of these are books where they talk about tricks and tips and how to think about math in new and different ways.
And I would love to show you the rest of the series. There's actually a whole bunch more, but my son loves them so much. They are kind of scattered and hidden around the house, and I couldn't track them all down. So if this sounds like a book that you'd be interested in, go ahead and check up the link up above or down below. You can see what the whole series is. You can read all about them.
I'm here to tell you that these books have been in our homeschool for a really long time. We've read them for years. Like I said, my one son is actually reading them multiple times on his own. Really appeals to that ... to his sense of humor with ...while it's still the kind of clean, smart, funny humor that I love to put in his brain. Plus it's math. He's laughing about math. What gets better than that?
So this is a series that you think would be interested, go ahead and check out the link up above, down below. It's gonna really work out well for you I think. I'm ToriAnn Perkey, and I make these videos every week so that you can be a successful and confident homeschool mom.