Halloween Math Talk

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it, from the scary movies to the candy to the trick-or-treaters. While Halloween is supposed to be scary, incorporating math into the Halloween fun doesn't have to be! Just take an activity that you're already doing and ask a few a questions that get … Continue reading Halloween Math Talk

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

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

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Subitizing

Take 5 seconds and look at the image below. How many dots are there? Now, take a moment to reflect on how you counted the dots. Chances are you didn't count each dot. Instead, your brain probably grouped the dots by twos, threes, or fours without counting them. That's right - our brains can count … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Subitizing

Valentine’s Day Math Talk

Valentine's Day is all about letting loved ones know that you love and care for them. One of the best things you can do to show your child you care about them is to spend some quality time together. Take advantage of the extra family time and Valentine's Day goodies to support your child's math … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Math Talk

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Comparing Quantities

This post is part of the Little Brains, Big Concepts series. Check out the previous posts: Introduction, Number, Counting Strategies, Part-Whole Relationships, Understanding 10, Place Value Children naturally compare quantities starting at a young age. Does "hey, they got more than me!" sound familiar? Finding the relationship between amounts and groups is at the heart … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Comparing Quantities