# Cutting and Pasting Gets Mathy…and Moebiusy

This activity starts out feeling crafty, and then gets a little unexpected. Prep ahead of time by cutting out long strips of paper. Colored construction paper would probably be best in terms of flexibility and fun. I started with some extra pieces of water color paper that I had lying around. They worked, but … Continue reading Cutting and Pasting Gets Mathy…and Moebiusy

# Allowing Time for the Gears to Turn

This post is about patience, trust, and discomfort. It's about having patience with your child's learning process and trusting their innate curiosity and unique ways of thinking. And it's about dealing with your (our) own discomfort as parents with not having all the answers and not getting them quickly. The other day I pushed this … Continue reading Allowing Time for the Gears to Turn

# Clean Math (a.k.a Tubby Time)

A few posts ago, I commented on the brilliance of using car time, when your kids are locked down and not going anywhere, to talk about math. Well, bath time is like that, too! While your kid is not locked down (right? right), he is doing something he has to do anyway. Use that time … Continue reading Clean Math (a.k.a Tubby Time)

# Board Games, Not Bored Games

I can't believe I haven't written about board games yet. If there is one and only one thing you do to promote mathematical thinking in your home, make it board games. Start with any board game. Yes, that means you may have to start with Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Ugh. My childhood memories of … Continue reading Board Games, Not Bored Games

# Mod Clocks

Sometimes math sneaks up on my kids and me while we are playing (like when we made potholders), and sometimes I force it a little. This is a time when I forced it a little. Because who would ever think of making a clock with only 2 or 3 or 5 numbers on it? … Continue reading Mod Clocks

# Weaving Patterns

The 7-year-old caught the norovirus the other day. After a rough night and a weak day following, he stayed home from school today "just to be sure." Which means I had a seemingly healthy child sitting around the house wondering how to occupy himself. A few months ago I bought two weaving loom toys in anticipation of … Continue reading Weaving Patterns

# Nighttime Math Talk #3

My husband tucked the 4-year-old into bed tonight and relayed this story: "Oh, you're going to like this, Pam. He asked if twenty-ten was a real number." "Well, what  did you say?" (Do you sense the wariness in my question? No doubt Husband did.) "I told him it was, of course. Twenty-ten is a … Continue reading Nighttime Math Talk #3

# Coffee Shop Math

Sometimes it's nice to manipulate “quality time” with your kid to also be “happy time” for yourself. So I periodically suggest to the kids that we ride our bikes or walk or, yes, even ski to a local coffee shop (okay, the ski option does not present itself often, but it did happen once, so I can … Continue reading Coffee Shop Math

# More Nighttime Math Talk

Another bedtime math conversation with the 4-year old: “Good night, kid. I love you.” “I love you.” “Hmm, who do you think loves whom more?” “I love you two.” “I love you four.” Pause. Pause. There appeared to be thinking going on. I was expecting a 6, but then... “Mom. Why does 4 not come … Continue reading More Nighttime Math Talk

# Screens and Exponents

Last night the 7-year-old asked me what 3^7 equals. Seriously??? How does he even know this math language? Did I try to teach him exponents one day, and now I can't remember? (That might actually be the case...) Then he says, "Is it 2,187?" Hmm. This is strange. I check it on my calculator (thank you, ever-present … Continue reading Screens and Exponents