Usually when my family goes on vacation, I pack lots of games and activities. I often think I'll use this "downtime" to slip in some math or something else equally "educationally important." So I bring card games, board games, art supplies, and whatever else I can think of. All with the goal of enrichment. There's … Continue reading Vacation Math
If you haven't already, break into your child's piggy bank. It's a great way to get mathy. Okay. Don't really break the bank. And certainly not without permission. But you can easily fill a few quiet moments with your young child playing with money, and in doing so, set the foundations for understanding many mathy … Continue reading Money Math
It was a quiet rainy morning with the 4-year-old. His brother was at school, he was playing quietly by himself (this is true!), and I was sneaking downstairs to tidy the house. Yes. I was really excited about tidying the house. This is what has become of me. I look forward to quiet moments so … Continue reading Wanna Play Checkers?
"Hey, Kid. What's the biggest number you can think of?" "Infinity." "Oh. What does infinity look like?" "It's a 1 with a hundred 0's after it." "Really?" "Yes." "I don't think infinity is a number." "Huh?" "It's a concept." "It's a number." "I disagree." "You are wrong, Mom." "Maybe. It happens. What do you want … Continue reading A short conversation about infinity
A recent 2nd grade homework assignment became the opportunity to delve deeper into math as well as to connect to family (again!). And it all started with the need for a ruler. "Mom, do you have a ruler?" "Oh yes. I'm sure I do...let me go find it..." "Never mind. I'll ask Dad. He'll have … Continue reading Math Rule(r)s!
Over April school vacation, we traveled to visit family. This was special for many reasons, not the least of which is that we have a relatively small family. (Catch the pun there? Ha!) The children no longer have grandparents from my husband's side, and the uncle we were visiting does not have grandchildren. I was thinking about … Continue reading Planting Seeds With Trees
This morning the 4-year-old woke early and asked if we could play cards. What I really wanted to do was put him in front of the computer (Spanish language cartoons...everyone's happy!) so I could stay in my peaceful morning zone, but instead I took a moment to breathe, poured myself a cup of coffee, and … Continue reading More War!
Wall Ball is currently THE game to play at recess if you are a 2nd grade boy. Or maybe just if you're my 2nd grade boy. It is a welcome change from the Pokemon card trading that was popular at the beginning of the school year. Surprisingly, both wall ball and Pokemon trading can connect to … Continue reading Screens and Wall Ball
No! Of course not. Well...maybe. It depends. Here was the situation: The 8-year-old, a.k.a the-second-grader, came home with an assignment. He was supposed to read two books by the same author, then DO something of his choosing related to that author. He could make a poster or draw a picture or write a letter or anything … Continue reading Should You Do Your Kid’s Homework?
This activity is awesome because you can do it with any kid who can color...your 4-year-old or your 14-year-old. Heck, a 44-year-old will love this activity, too. At it's basic level, your child will need to use some logical thinking to complete the activity. At a deeper level, this activity introduces the Four Color Theorem, … Continue reading Get Your Crayons Out