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
Here's another way to reinforce multiplication concepts with your elementary school kids. You just need a hundreds table and some markers. You can present it like a puzzle. Or you can be fancy and tell your kids that they're going to make the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Yes, that will get their attention. Here's the quickie … Continue reading More Multiplication Mastery
It's the type of question young children are always asked: "How many animals do you see?" "How many cars are there?" "How many children are in your class?" "How many sheep are in this picture?" These are good questions. They usually have a clear and correct answer. That's nice. What if they didn't? What if, … Continue reading How Many?
In an earlier episode...the 5-year-old told his father that I had said there was no 15 when skip-counting by 5's. I laughed and let it go, figuring this would be a self-correcting issue. And it was! Here's how it happened... The 5-year-old has a 7-month-old cousin. He loves her. He holds her. He snuggles her. … Continue reading He Finally Found 15! Sort of.
What can you do instead of flash cards to practice multiplication facts with your kids? Multiplication and division fluency is a cornerstone of developing a strong mathematical foundation. The middle and high school students I tutor often struggle with the time and effort it takes to retrieve a calculation fact they were assumed to have … Continue reading Ditch The Flash Cards