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 →

Last Minute Mathy Gifts

Each year I expect this will be the year that I feel organized and composed for the holiday season. I will have gifts bought and wrapped without feeling time pressure or financial lunacy. I will have cards sent, menus chosen, and guests invited at the appropriate times (i.e. not the week before Christmas.) Of course,... Continue Reading →

Two! Four! Six! Eight!

C'mon, you can't help it. You HAVE to say "who do we appreciate?!" It's one of those automatic things that just happens. (I am willing to concede that perhaps this only happens if you've grown up the U.S. and have had some exposure to cheering for a team.) You might roll your eyes at it,... Continue Reading →

Puzzling Things

I am holding on to the belief that it is possible to take my kids somewhere - out to dinner, on a car trip -- without having to hand over an electronic device to keep them occupied. To that end, I am always on the lookout for little things to have at the ready in... Continue Reading →

Simple. Fun. Whiteboards.

My favorite mathy moments are the ones I didn't expect. SeveralĀ  months ago, I decided to make a whiteboard mandala for my kids to color. They had fallen in love with an adhesive one that was stuck to a table at the children's library in town, but I didn't want to pay $100 to buy... Continue Reading →

Nighttime Math Talk #5

Bed time has become more difficult for the 6-year-old since school has started. I think it has to do with adjusting to first grade. It's a big transition year, and he's got a lot of concerns that come up just as I'm about to turn out the lights. He's no dummy. He knows how to... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Standardized Test Results

The 9-year-old took the MCAS (the Massachusetts school standardized tests) for the first time last year as a 3rd grader. The results are in. I didn't show them to him immediately, though, because I wanted to be thoughtful about how I communicated my interpretation of the results and how I hope he will interpret them.... Continue Reading →

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