# multiplication

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...

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...

Multiplication and rectangles

## Multiplication and rectangles

I want to suggest a lovely post by somebody else. It is written by a math teacher who converses with his niece (who is 7 years old) about rectangles and multiplication. As an example, the rectangle below shows that 6x3 is 18. Or is it that 3x6 is 18? That...

A short waffles conversation

## A short waffles conversation

Those Eggo mini-waffles are paying off. We had this conversation the other day... Me: There you are, Tabitha. Two sets of waffles. Tabitha (six years old): That's 7. No...8!Me: [washing dishes with my back turned to her] Right. Two sets of four is eight.T:...