Infinity is such a fun, crazy, mind-expanding, mind-boggling concept. It's a topic that some kids will gleefully try wrapping their thoughts around. I've been noodling on how to play with it in a rich and interesting way with pre-schoolers. (If you have ideas, please share.) In the meantime, though, I'm finding ways to touch on … Continue reading Peering at Infinity
A limited view of education is that students are receptacles for knowledge. We give it to them. They take it. Deal done. A further limiting view of education is that each student has a fixed capacity for learning and understanding and it is the job of schooling to identify who has got what, and send … Continue reading I observe. I wonder.
I've got a crush on a math guy. I don't even know him. But his bio is on the instructions to the game CodeMaster. He invented the game. I am in love with this game. I am so impressed with the brilliance of creating a game that encourages the type of logical thinking a coder … Continue reading Coding Without a Computer?
I got rid of our blocks the other day. I sent them over to my sister's house so that they could clutter her space rather than mine. Oops. What I mean to say, really, is that I sent them over to her house so that her nearly one-year-old child could enjoy them as much as … Continue reading Don’t Get Rid of the Blocks Just Yet
It's April Vacation here in Massachusetts. Parents all over the state are excitedly or frantically looking for activities for their kids. Lots of us are heading to the local library for...well...books. And maybe a DVD or two. Or four. The other day, I took the kids to the Amesbury Pubic Library. What I thought would … Continue reading Gettin’ Mathy at the Library
Literacy is important. Numeracy is important. So...why not combine literacy and numeracy while learning about real people and real events? I get giddy when I enter the children's section of the library or bookstore these days because there are SO many wonderful books to discover. Here are two books I recommend reading to your child. … Continue reading Reading Math – 2 books to enjoy
"Mom. Can I do another 24?" This request was music my math mom ears. It could be that the 9-year-old was only asking as a ruse to prolong bedtime. Frankly, if he was, then I will take that bait every time. Who can say no to a kid who wants to do more math?? 24 … Continue reading 24 – The Game, not the TV Show
"In math the technique we use is logic. We only want to use sheer logical reasoning. Not experiments, not physical evidence, not blind faith or hope or democracy or violence. Just logic. So what are the things we study? We study anything that obeys the rules of logic." -Eugenia Cheng, How to Bake Pi The … Continue reading Be Logical, Part 2
Do you have a lawyer in your house? No, not the kind that actually has a degree, earns a salary, and is an adult. I'm talking about the free-lance, unschooled, and relentless child legal expert who calls you out on every breach of fairness or word choice. I have one. He's 9. One day, if … Continue reading Be Logical, Part 1
It is Pi Day. March 14. 3/14. Sigh. I am not into it, honestly. I feel like it's contrived. Maybe you can convince me otherwise. In the meantime... If you, like me, are not planning to bake OR eat pie today, why not bake something. Even if it's cake from a box. Or brownies. Or … Continue reading Pi Day