A short conversation about infinity

"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 →

Math Rule(r)s!

A recent 2nd grade homework assignment became the opportunity to delve deeper into math as well as to connect to family (again!). And it all started with the need for a ruler. "Mom, do you have a ruler?" "Oh yes. I'm sure I do...let me go find it..." "Never mind. I'll ask Dad. He'll have... Continue Reading →

Planting Seeds With Trees

Over April school vacation, we traveled to visit family. This was special for many reasons, not the least of which is that we have a relatively small family. (Catch the pun there? Ha!) The children no longer have grandparents from my husband's side, and the uncle we were visiting does not have grandchildren. I was thinking about... Continue Reading →

More War!

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 →

Get Your Crayons Out

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 →

“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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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