Intrepid Math

My 5th grade son is not interested in his on-line math assignments from school. How about your kids? (Insert the ubiquitous laughing-so-hard-I'm-crying-emoji-here. Or maybe I'm crying so hard, I'm laughing?) The following is what we tried last week, and it worked very well. My son enjoys and succeeds in "school" math in general, and he... Continue Reading →

Risky Math

Don't read this if your children are happily following their regular school math curriculum at home. Do read this if you need to be reassured that the activities your children prefer to do may actually have educational value. Right now, my children prefer to play board games.** And not the board games I like. Today... Continue Reading →

Of Birds and Stars

Recently, some hometown friends and I were reminiscing about a favorite 8th grade science teacher. I'm sure we learned chemistry well that year, but what we really recall and appreciate were the constellations and the birds. Each week, we were required to accurately color a black and white drawing of a bird and to identify... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Things

"Look! Look what I made! It's a snowflake!" cried out one child. "See what I'm doing! There are so many of me!" exclaimed another. "Mine looks like a flower...no!...now it looks like the sun!" These were the sounds of a wonderful day with my preschool Math Explorers class. Ten 4-year-olds excitedly investigating and playing with... Continue Reading →

Math Facts Without Drills

Now that both my children are school-aged, I am challenged to find mathy moments that will support their "school math" while also being interesting, engaging, and creative. I want to help them with the curriculum they are learning at school, AND I want them to enjoy playing with math. As they get older, I can... Continue Reading →

Colors and Markers and Math!

Memorizing multiplication tables is one of those walls in math. Kids either scale it or struggle with it, and if you're a kid who struggles with it, it will become the thing that holds you back even though you may understand the higher order math processes that you learn later. Some people brush this struggle... Continue Reading →

Remembering 10

I sometimes think that great mathy moments with my kids must require a certain amount of planning and preparation. But they don't. Not always. The following version of the simple game Memory is familiar but with a twist to reinforce your child's recall of 10 addition facts. Here's what to do: Get a deck of... Continue Reading →

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