“I am not a math person.”

  If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that comment...well, I'd have a pile of dollars, and we could get mathy with it. But if I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone say "I'm not a reading person," I wouldn't have many dollars at all. It is decidedly uncool and socially... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Function Machine Game

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 →

I am not good at math, Mom.

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 →

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