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Kim Culbertson

Kim Culbertson is the author of the young adult novels Songs for a Teenage Nomad (Sourcebooks 2010) and Instructions for a Broken Heart (Sourcebooks 2011). She has taught high school English, drama and creative writing for 13 years but homeschooling her daughter is the best teaching gig she’s ever had. Visit her at

The Language of Math

by Kim Culbertson

Because I’m an author, some people often wonder if it was ever a challenge to grow up with a mom who loved numbers the way I loved words. My mom taught high school math for thirty years but, the truth was, my mother loved language as much as she loved math. One of the great gifts of my childhood was that she taught me to see math as another language — one of nuance and beauty, of games, of wonderful problem solving, of questions and answers, of getting logically from point A to point B. Now, I’m homeschooling my six year old daughter (with help from my mom!) and we’re both enjoying sharing the language of math with her. Continue reading »