Math is everywhere, including on the road! On your road trip this summer, take a break from the movies and sing-a-longs to build some math skills. Here are some tips and ideas to bring out the math while you drive for hours and hours and hours. Play a Math Game Playing games on the road … Continue reading Math on the Road

# Summer Math Talk: Snack Time

Research shows that talking about math with your child impacts their academic achievement in school (Berkowitz et al., 2015). One of the best things you can do as a parent to support your child's math learning is to simply ask them math questions. This builds and reinforces important pathways in their brain, encourages math vocabulary, … Continue reading Summer Math Talk: Snack Time

# Summer Math Games: Number Path Picnic

Looking for an activity you can play indoors to get out of the summer heat? This post is for you! The Number Path Picnic Game is fun and educational. Research shows that playing linear board games (like this one) can help children develop a mental number line. Experience shows that kids will want to play … Continue reading Summer Math Games: Number Path Picnic

# Summer Math Talk: At the Grill

There's just something about grilling in the summer. I love the warm evening air, the smell of delicious food, and the comfort of being with friends and family. Whether you realize it or not, there's a lot of math that goes into a successful barbeque! When it comes to feeding people, amounts and quantities are … Continue reading Summer Math Talk: At the Grill

# Adding Math to the Summer Routine

Here in Nashville, we're quickly heading towards, and the end of school is in sight. With the newfound freedom comes the question of what to do with all of the hours in the day and how to get rid of some of the energy. Perhaps your child will attend a summer camp or two and … Continue reading Adding Math to the Summer Routine

# Early Measurement Part 3: Unit Size Matters

Which row of flowers is longer? If you're wondering if this is a trick question, you're right. The three rows are all the same length. However, many children will say that the top row is the longest because it has the most flowers. While incorrect, this mistake makes sense. Children have spent a lot of … Continue reading Early Measurement Part 3: Unit Size Matters

# Early Measurement Part 2: Length Measurement as Distance

What is the length of the crayon below? The answer is 3 inches, but many children will say 4 inches. We tend to teach measurement as a procedure: Line up the object with the zero on the ruler and find where the end of object is. This approach skips over the underlying concepts of measurement, … Continue reading Early Measurement Part 2: Length Measurement as Distance

# Early Measurement Part 1: Unit

Measurement is part of our daily lives. When we hang a picture frame, we measure the length of the wall to find the middle (or we learn the hard way to do this next time!). When we bake cookies, we place them an inch apart on the cookie sheet. Because measuring is something we do … Continue reading Early Measurement Part 1: Unit