“As a homeschool mom who loves math, I want to help other homeschoolers see the variety and richness of the subject. Math is not just rules and rote memory. Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine — and if all your children ever do is textbook math, that’s like feeding them broccoli-flavored ice cream.”
Denise has taught or tutored mathematics at every level from pre-K to undergraduate physics — which she describes as “Just one story problem after another. What fun!” Now she writes the popular blog Let’s Play Math and manages the Math Teachers at Play monthly math education blog carnival.
Homeschooling for more than a quarter century, Denise and her husband have raised five children (and a veritable zoo of critters) at their home in the rural countryside of central Illinois. Her hobbies are Bible study, recreational math, and “reading anything I can get my hands on.”
“Homeschooling, creating stories, and loving cats are things I’ve been doing since forever. I enjoy most fiction but my favorites (both to read and to write) are fantasy and science-fiction. I also enjoy horse riding, programming, and making videos. I hope you enjoy my books!”
Teresa Gaskins is
13 14 15 16 17 years old and has been homeschooled all her life. While she enjoys a wide variety of fiction, fantasy has always been her favorite genre. She was creating stories before she could write, and has completed NaNoWriMo every year (so far) since 2009. She started Banished in the 2011 edition of NaNo, and it was her second finished novel, though the first one published. She finished the sequel, Hunted, at age 15, and she’s hoping to finish the series by the time she leaves for college.
Teresa lives with her cat Cimorene (and the rest of her family) in rural Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybean fields.
Visit Teresa’s blog: Kitten’s Purring — Stories for a Cozy Lap.
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