More Skip Counting to School

I was wondering how to build on the mathy moment the 6-year-old and I had last week, when the moment presented itself. As he packed his backpack for school, I noticed that the kid was singing the 2's to himself...2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. I asked him if he'd ever be able to get... Continue Reading →

Skip Counting To School

It's getting harder to create spontaneous mathy moments with my kids. Most of the time, they are in school. When they come home, I'd rather they run around outside. So, I have to pay attention and seek opportunities. The 6-year-old and I were walking to school yesterday, when he started to count his steps. So... Continue Reading →

Colors and Markers and Math!

Memorizing multiplication tables is one of those walls in math. Kids either scale it or struggle with it, and if you're a kid who struggles with it, it will become the thing that holds you back even though you may understand the higher order math processes that you learn later. Some people brush this struggle... Continue Reading →

Remembering 10

I sometimes think that great mathy moments with my kids must require a certain amount of planning and preparation. But they don't. Not always. The following version of the simple game Memory is familiar but with a twist to reinforce your child's recall of 10 addition facts. Here's what to do: Get a deck of... Continue Reading →

Math Talk on the Way to School

This morning there was a lull in the minutes before we walked out the door to head to school. With a 9-year-old and 6-year-old, it's rare to have any kind of lull, so I took advantage of it. "Hey guys, how can you make 3?" The 6-year-old lifted his pointer finger and drew the numerical... Continue Reading →

Baby Math

No. Don't teach your baby math. Seriously. But do expose your baby to interesting things that spark her curiosity and allow you to observe her explore. And if you can do that with mathy things, why not? Luckily for me, I have an 18-month-old niece to play with. While her mother was absorbed in a... Continue Reading →

Mathy Bowling

Are you wondering what to do with the kids now that they are home for more than a week for the holidays? Yes, Christmas occupied you for a bit. And maybe you've got something fun going on for New Year's Eve. But what are you going to do with them in between? Something fun...something educational...something... Continue Reading →

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