Math Inspirations helps parents become great mentors and students become great thinkers. We believe math is the tool to train our brains to create, to observe and conjecture, to think and discover.
I just wanted to let you know how invigorating your parent course has been for me and your games and logic training have been for our whole family.
I began exploring Math Inspirations after being introduced this summer to Paul Lockhart’s “Mathematicians Lament.” It resonated with me, and I began looking for something to revitalize our math approach of my last four years of homeschool. Your curriculum offers my family and me such an exciting opportunity to discover the music and artistry, the elegance and playfulness, the frustration and supreme satisfaction that can be REAL math.
My boys and I LOVE playing together in our game book. I love our logic training puzzles! My eight-year-old son inevitably beats me, but I won’t let him give me any hints until I have struggled, taken breaks, come back, and finally broken through to my own discovery. The experience intoxicates me and keeps me coming back for more. My relationship with my boys is growing stronger as we play more together. And I am growing so much through the parent course readings! If it appears that I am moving sluggishly through my class, it is only because I have read Stuart Brown’s Play and I am listening to Liz Wiseman’s Multipliers. What a fantastic stretch this is offering me to lay down my diminished habits and develop the practices of one who creates and multiplies genius! Our family councils, I hope, will never be the same! I have the other readings on order at our library, and I can’t wait to juice them for everything they’re worth.
I went into this anticipating an improvement to our math curriculum. But what I am receiving is a personal metamorphosis in my ability to parent! Now I am pursuing this course as a means to develop my personal ability to embrace life’s challenges, rather than run from them; to define and seed the opportunity in my difficulties and to logically, creatively reason and test solutions. Who knew a math class could teach parenting, leadership, and self reliance?! I just couldn’t be more thrilled. And then your personal touch yesterday, hand written card and everything, just iced this scrumptious cake for me.”
– Sheralee, Alberta, Canada
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Math Inspirations Authors
Math Inspirations is brought to you by Joe and Emily Dyke:
Math Inspirations vs. Traditional Math:
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Traditional math programs (such as Saxon, Right Start, Math U See, Khan, Life Of Fred, Teaching Textbooks) directly teach the student via video, book, online program vocabulary definitions, math concepts and procedures. Students memorize the program’s definitions, conceptual modeling, solving steps and rules for each math principle. After repetitive practice, students regurgitate what they have memorized on a quiz or test and then move on.
With Math Inspirations, students experience the exact opposite. There are no examples, no videos and no given definitions. Instead, students are given the tools and training to literally discover each definition, concept and mathematical procedure on their own. There is no memorization of someone else’s methods or understanding. Instead, students use the scientific method to create their own definitions and steps through problem solving and observations and then test their ideas to prove them true.
Mathematics is an innately creative and discovery-based process. All math understanding is founded upon very simple laws and truths. This means that all of math can be discovered and created using our unique individual ability to think logically and problem solve. All mathematical truths have been discovered. No one sat down with Newton and taught him: “here’s how you do calculus.” He studied. He observed. He struggled. He hypothesized. He experimented. He failed. And then he discovered. All of our students can, and will, if given the opportunity, discover, on their own and in their own way, every mathematical truth, rule and procedure. No longer is the textbook or the online program or the teacher or the parent the “all-knowing math authority,” that the student is 100% dependent upon, the student can now become their own authority.
We’ve created the Discovery Method, which is based on the principles of the scientific method: students observe patterns, hypothesize rules, test their working-hypothesis, prove their own theorems, and record their findings in their own math journal. When they need help or forget a rule later on, they look to their own record as the authority. Now, they own their knowledge! They are their own math authority. They have become self-reliant.
The Math Inspirations Program includes:
Creating Mathematical Minds parent training course:
Simply put, we want parents to become amazing mentors for their students. Our Creating Mathematical Minds parent course will help you become a powerful mentor, learn how to use the curriculum and know how to get started with your student.
Unit 2: Basic Operations:
Our K-8 student curriculum has one purpose: build your student into a confident, powerful thinker and problem-solver. You’ll have forever, unlimited access and use of Unit 2: Basic Operations which uses our Discovery Method to train your student to think and to discover addition, subtraction, multiplication, factoring and division on their own.
All families who use Math Inspirations will have unlimited, forever access to the parent training course and any and all the curriculum you purchase. Once you purchase a curriculum unit, you own it and you can print and use the PDF’s for all the children in your family.
Our brains are like our muscles, strength comes from consistent, focused effort that pushes you to your limits. You’ll get access to our Logic Puzzle Starter Pack for you and your kids to help grow their confidence and thinking. You’ll also get access to purchase additional logic puzzle books.
Join Math Inspirations on their weekly, live online office hours called Jam Sessions and access all past recordings. Each week Emily gives a 5-10 minute training and then opens the time up for Q&A to help you through your specific family’s needs and questions.
You’ll receive our online “Hands On Math” which includes over 40+ games that are simple to play and are focused entirely on logical thinking. These games are great for your pre-K students and can be made challenging enough for even your oldest student.
You’ll have access to the Math Inspirations private Facebook parent community to share your struggles and successes and get insights and help from other families who use Math Inspirations in their homes.
When you use Math Inspirations, you’ll have access to direct email and phone support. We’ll support you the whole journey.
Independent Use Option:
- Families and learning communities enjoy using the Math Inspirations program on their own.
- All parent training, program resources and support provided directly from Math Inspirations
- No assignment submissions or feedback provided by Ensign Peak Academy.
- No application required
- A 35% discount on all Math Inspirations products and services is provided for families using any non-math Ensign Peak Academy program. Access to this discount is provided in the Elementary Independent Student Center. (Password provided upon purchase of, or enrollment in any non-math program.)
Enrolled Student Option:
- Student enrolls in specific units.
- Parent training, program resources and support purchased and provided directly from Math Inspirations
- A 35% discount on all Math Inspirations products and services is provided for families using any non-math Ensign Peak Academy program. Access to this discount is provided in the Elementary Enrolled Student Center. (Password provided upon purchase of, or enrollment in any non-math program.)
- Parents serve as the primary mentor for their own children. Students submit their work via Canvas, for assessment, feedback and celebration (!) by Ensign Peak Academy Mentors.
- Unit completion is reflected on elementary school grade level certificates. Students are not required to complete a whole unit for each year of school, but are encouraged to progress through the program at a rate that works best for their individual learning needs. The certificate for a specific school year simply reflects what was completed during that school year.
- One-time application and $35 fee required for each student. (One application covers all Elementary School program enrollment, which including math, language arts and all unit studies.) Visit our Admissions Process page to apply.
- An elementary school student is defined as a student who is at least 5 years old, but who has not yet turned 12 years old, prior to September 1, 2020.
Enrolled Student Tuition
Note: Tuition is paid to Ensign Peak Academy and is only for submission, assessment, feedback and certification purposes. Families must purchase the corresponding Math Inspirations Unit directly from Math Inspirations, which is an additional per-family cost.
- Unit 1: $55 per student
- Unit 2: $95 per student
- Unit 3: $95 per student
- Unit 4: $95 per student
- Unit 5: $95 per student
- Unit 6: $95 per student
K-8 Student Curriculum
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Our curriculum is topic based and though it was not designed for any national standards, it exceeds all national and state standards.
Unit 1: Number Sense – Numbers, shapes, measurement and data, place value and comparisons
Unit 2: Basic Operations – Addition, subtraction, multiplication, factoring and division of whole numbers
Unit 3: Fractions – Understanding fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions
Unit 4: Advanced Numbers – Decimal numbers, operations with decimal numbers, percents, integers, operations with integers
Unit 5: Geometry – Fundamentals of geometry, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, visual perceptibility, coordinate plane, transformations
Unit 6: Measurement – Estimating amounts, units, ratios and proportions, time
Unit 7: Advanced Operations – Order of operations, variables, exponents, scientific notation, factorials
Unit 8: Statistics And Probability – Sampling and experiments, probability, data analysis, displaying data, pre-algebra
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included?
Math Inspirations independent users and enrolled students receive unlimited, forever access to the parent training course Creating Mathematical Minds, Unit 2: Basic Operations, our Hands On Math games, Starter Pack of logic puzzles, jam sessions and email support. Logic puzzles and additional curriculum units are purchased separately.
Is this a parent training course or a student curriculum?
Yes and yes. Creating Mathematical Minds is a parent training course designed to help homeschool parents make the shift away from traditional mathematical teaching to a student-focused, student-driven, and student-created math experience focused on true problem solving and discovery. Math Inspirations has also created a Discovery Method based curriculum (including video tutorials and student workbooks) for students k-8 that is available to alumni of the Creating Mathematical Minds parent training course.
Is the parent training required?
Yes. The Math Inspirations Discovery Method is so different from our experiences with traditional math that we all need some guidance in how to become the best mentor we can for our children and how to use the curriculum successfully. A great curriculum demands a great mentor in order for it to be a great student experience. In other words, it starts with you!
What ages of kids is the curriculum for?
We’ve created a curriculum that will take students from the very beginnings of number sense and counting all the way through what is traditionally called beginning algebra, corresponding roughly to a pre-kindergarten through grade 8 education. The curriculum is not designed for but does exceed all national and state standards.
Why is Unit 2 included and not the other units?
First, the parent training course Creating Mathematical Minds uses Unit 2: Basic Operations to train you in using the curriculum. Second, most families will start with Unit 2 with their students. Unit 1: Number Sense is designed for beginning math students and includes activities and tasks to learn counting, number sense, place value and comparisons of values. If you plan to start with Unit 1, you can purchase it once you sign up for a membership.
Human Calculators or Creative Problem Solvers?
Is your homeschool math program just making calculators out of your kids? If so, why are they memorizing math rules and procedures or even studying math at all if they have actual calculators that can do everything they’re being taught?
The hard truth is, we don’t need human calculators any more, We need thinkers, observers, creative problem solvers, people who confidently discover truth and can communicate with clarity. We believe math can be used as a tool to do all of that. It can be a playing field to train our students to think independent of an instructor, discover truth and communicate their reasoning in clear and original ways.
Joe and Emily Dyke have worked with hundreds of families across the world who are thriving in this new approach to math. For them, math has become an engaging and powerful part of their homeschooling. They’ve learned to unlock the potential that mathematics has to teach their children how to think and communicate and become confident, self-reliant problem solvers. So if you think to yourself:
- I am worried that my kids are behind in math.
- I’m not sure I know math, so how am I supposed to teach it?
- I am sick of sending my kids off with workbooks.
- I wish my kids didn’t dread doing math.
- I wish I didn’t dread math time.
- My kids are doing the work, but are they really learning to think?
Then this program is for you. Come learn how you can do this in your home. It’s time to create the math program you really want.