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
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!
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
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
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
As a parent, I just didn't understand why that card game had to be called War (you know the one: split the deck in half, then flip cards off the top. Player with the high card takes both cards. If it's a tie, players each lay 3 cards face down, then the 4th determines who … Continue reading War!
The car is a great place to talk to your kids, because they can't get away from you. I have definitely used it for many challenging topics (“So tell me again where you think babies come from?”) Yesterday as we were driving home from school, I decided to try out the idea of mathematical functions … Continue reading Function Machine Game
Tonight while putting the 4-year-old to bed, he told me that he didn't think he knew math. He said that he thought his 7-year-old brother was very good at math, but that he was not. Oh my. We need to nip this kind of thinking in the bud. But best to be careful about how … Continue reading I am not good at math, Mom.