Teen Homeschoolers Shoot Math Books


My teen homeschoolers had fun shooting their math books yesterday at the shooting range, culminating in exploding the math books to smithereens. My oldest son said the following quotes before being the first to shoot his math book:

  • “Pre-calculus took away one year of my life.”
  • “Pre-calculus is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
  • “Pre-calculus ruined my life.”

Even though the aforementioned teen got A’s on his pre-calculus, it took him an inordinate amount of time to finish his math each day, cutting into his free time. “Today is payback,” I said, looking in his direction. He grinned as he saw his math book fly up into the air while being shot.


I do need to say that I have been pleased with the homeschooling math books that we’ve used, just in case you figure out what brand of book was exploded by my family. It’s a course that my kids did on the computer, with explanations for higher math that I would never have been able to teach myself, seeing as how I never took pre-calculus in school. My husband thought it would be a good idea to teach our kids to think, hence they were required to go all the way through pre-calculus before they graduated high school.


Obviously my oldest son didn’t appreciate being taught to think in this way, hence his glee at seeing the utter destruction and annihilation of his math book, along with his brothers’ and sister’s math books, which were also demolished.

This was the destruction after the shooting and before the explosions:


Teen Homeschoolers Shoot Math Books (Video)

In this short 1-minute video, you will see the shooting and exploding of math books. We also show the book carnarge: first of the shooting, then of the explosions. Enjoy.

A good time was had by all. For those who have never heard of tennerite, it’s an explosive target that combines oxidizers and a fuel (aluminum powder) that are combined together and mixed right before setting up the target. The two components are stored separately until you are ready to use it. This is what we used for the explosions.

Here is a close-up photo of the utterly demolished homeschool math books after being shot and exploded.


Hope you enjoyed joining us for the demolition of our math books!

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22 Responses to “Teen Homeschoolers Shoot Math Books”

  1. Tara Adams says:

    The joys of homeschooling. That sounds like a fun summer experience to remember.

    • Susan says:

      Sometimes kids get frustrated with math, and this is one way to diffuse some of those negative feelings and help kids to enjoy math again. So many teens wonder why they have to do upper math, but it really does help teens to develop logical thinking skills.

  2. Lisa says:

    Haha, this was awesome! Both of my boys watched…the one who does NOT like math would definitely like to do this, and the one who loves math was saying, “NOOOOOOO!”

    • Susan says:

      Oh, how funny! Well, I’m glad that one of your sons got enjoyment out of it. I’m glad the other loves math–it really does come in handy in real life to be good at math.

  3. Jodi says:

    What a fun way to blow off steam!

  4. I bet they had so much fun celebrating their end of the year. Joy’s of homeschooling.

  5. Melissa says:

    I love this idea. Sounds like your son loved shooting math, lol

  6. Keke says:

    Just know Your doing excellent at what your doing. It takes a lot of patience.. everything does take time and some things more than others.

  7. Kim says:

    How fun is that!!!

  8. This is awesome! You always come up with the greatest ideas. I will do this with my girls next year. What a way to wrap up the year.

  9. my husband watched this with me and was like “see, tannerite is always fun!” lol

  10. Arrica Hess says:

    Hilarious! I have a teenage boy who would feel the same way!

  11. tharini says:


    This is a list of some ways to make lessons fun. You can do a themed Halloween math lesson, topics include pumpkins, bats etc. You can calculate the size and price of pumpkins, work out the number of ghosts, add up the number of vampires, estimate the total area of a small orange pumpkin and so on. You can even try division, multiplication, addition, taking away, rounding etc. On top of that you can factor in skills like reading, comprehension, grammar, spelling, writing, listening and speaking. Other easy to do educational activities include finding out information online, reviewing books and movies, baking cupcakes, stewing pumpkin, making up scary stories and the like. I hope this is useful.

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