I was wondering how to build on the mathy moment the 6-year-old and I had last week, when the moment presented itself. As he packed his backpack for school, I noticed that the kid was singing the 2's to himself...2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. I asked him if he'd ever be able to get... Continue Reading →
Two! Four! Six! Eight!
C'mon, you can't help it. You HAVE to say "who do we appreciate?!" It's one of those automatic things that just happens. (I am willing to concede that perhaps this only happens if you've grown up the U.S. and have had some exposure to cheering for a team.) You might roll your eyes at it,... Continue Reading →
The Evolution of Yahtzee!
I keep saying that games are a great way to build and reinforce math concepts, but even so, I am pleasantly surprised when I see it actually happening in action. I saw it happening again last week...not quite a year after I first introduced Yahtzee! to my younger son. We brought Yahtzee! with us on... Continue Reading →
More Multiplication Mastery
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 →
It’s About Time
Summer vacation is over. School is underway. And it's time to get back on schedule. So, what better mathy topic to talk about than time? Actually, this one is about clocks. Time will have to wait for another...uh...time. And if you'd like to save time and cut to the chase, the point of this post... Continue Reading →