Number

Counting, skip counting, fractions, negative numbers, and more.
Pistachios

Pistachios

My father buys things in bulk. Not the bulk bin, dispense-a-little-bit-into-a-plastic-bag bulk. Costco bulk. Sam's Club bulk. The children and I spent some time with my father and stepmother (who are wonderful, loving people) at the Wisconsin Dells recently. We...

Dots!

Dots!

The New York Times published an article about Common Core homework this week. As is going to be the case with a news article (in contrast to say, a post on a blog dedicated to children's mathematical ideas), one can't really learn any mathematics from the...

Hints at Holiday

Hints at Holiday

I told an abbreviated version of the following story on my math-teacher blog, where I used it to drive home a point to my colleagues. This version is for parents. --- My wife had been out of town for several days. I was tired of doing all the cooking and dishes. It...

Tens again

Tens again

Slowing down at the end of a long, active spring day. Stormy clouds are rolling in. Tabitha and I watch them together for a couple of minutes from the west-facing window at the top of our stairs. I ask Tabitha if I can ask her a quick math question. She consents....

10-minute reading time

10-minute reading time

A while back, bedtime was spiraling out of control. The kids share a room; they would be wound up at bedtime and the transition to sleep was not happening smoothly. We had a big, big problem on our hands. We solved the problem with 10-minute reading time. The...

Twister

Twister

Tabitha received a Twister game for her recent birthday (7 years old!) She enjoys a version of the game in which one person spins and the other follows instructions until, as Tabitha puts it with much delight, the cookie crumbles. The players switch roles for...