Keep Score

I grew up playing ping-pong in my family's basement. And in the garage. And, on nice days, in the driveway. My father would roll the table out for picnic and grill parties and challenge anyone willing to take him on. He was good. I could talk about how my eye-hand coordination strengthened from playing often... Continue Reading →

Back to School

Ugh. I am so sorry. That is a terrible title for anything. Overused. Though accurate. It is always surprising to me how quickly we adjust back to the school schedule and how soon we lose that full but flexible feeling of summer. It's not necessarily a smooth transition, but within a week or so, we... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of Yahtzee!

I keep saying that games are a great way to build and reinforce math concepts, but even so, I am pleasantly surprised when I see it actually happening in action. I saw it happening again last week...not quite a year after I first introduced Yahtzee! to my younger son. We brought Yahtzee! with us on... Continue Reading →

Re-purposing Rack-O

I loved playing the game Rack-O as a kid. And, darn it, my kids are going to love it, too. The concept of Rack-O, a classic Milton-Bradley game, is simple; get a set of 10 cards in ascending order before your opponent does. Strategy and patience are necessary, though, as you decide whether to draw... Continue Reading →

How Much is One Million?

Remember that scene in the movie Austin Powers where Dr. Evil plans to hold Earth ransom for "one million dollars!" The rest of the bad guys in the room are unimpressed. Isn't one millions dollars a little low? So Dr. Evil ups it to one hundred billion dollars! You can tell, though, that he's not... Continue Reading →

Lazy Math

I love lazy math. Not the kind of lazy math that students do when they don't show their work or document their reasoning, but the kind of lazy math parents do when we inspire our children's curiosity without having to do a lot of planning or instruction. It is one of those unwritten rules of... Continue Reading →

Don’t Sweat the Summer Math

It's time for summer. The real summer. The one where there's no school, the kids are free to do their own thing, and everybody relaxes and recharges. Did you just snort your coffee through your nose? Are you rolling your eyes at me while you puzzle-piece your calendar together so the kids are fully enrolled... Continue Reading →

Chalk It Up

Got some sidewalk chalk lying around? Tired of watching your kids draw the same old flowers and rainbows and such? Get mathy with that chalk! Recently I drew a timeline on the ground. Not the usual kind of timeline, though. I drew 5 long lines parallel to each other on the ground and labelled them... Continue Reading →

Problems That Matter

The kids no longer believe that the ice cream truck is a music truck. That was a cute idea for a while, but they've wised up to the ruse. They want their ice cream novelty item, and they want it NOW. On my way home the other day I passed the ice cream truck as... Continue Reading →

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