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

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Place Value

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. Take a moment and add the following numbers in your head: 266 + 146. Don't worry about getting the right answer, think about how you do it. Did you stack the … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Place Value

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Understanding 10

This post is part of the Little Brains, Big Concepts series. Check out the previous posts: Introduction, Number, Counting Strategies, Part-Whole Relationships. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is help your child develop an understanding of ten. Ten is the foundation of our number system, so a deep and … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Understanding 10

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Part-Whole Relationships

This post is part of the Little Brains, Big Concepts series. Check out the previous posts: Introduction, Number, Counting Strategies. I find it difficult to describe the power and awe-inspiring nature of part-whole relationships. So, this haiku will have to do: Knitted into the Fabric of the universe Building blocks of math Part-whole relationships extend … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Part-Whole Relationships

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Counting Strategies

This post is part of the Little Brains, Big Concepts series. Check out the previous posts: Introduction, Number. Counting plays a critical role in understanding number. Once children begin to understand the concept of number, they start to develop counting strategies that utilize deeper understandings of the number-word sequence. Counting strategies are the foundation for … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Counting Strategies

‘Tis the Season to…Play Holiday Math Games!

The Christmas holiday is rooted in math. Don't believe me? Here's some indisputable evidence: We have the "12 Days of Christmas"Santa has 8 reindeer (+ Rudolph of course!)We countdown to ChristmasThere were 3 Wise Men As I said, indisputable. With the holidays comes additional family time. Build relationships and early math skills by playing games … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to…Play Holiday Math Games!

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Number

This post is part of the Little Brains, Big Concepts series. Read the introduction to this series here. Define the number 4 by following these rules: You can't define it by its surrounding numbers, and you can't use the words "number" or "four." Harder than you think, right? I mean, what is a number, and … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Number

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Introduction

Early math skills - number, counting, identifying shapes - are the most basic elements of mathematics. Yet basic does not equate to simple. It's easy to mistake these skills as simple because we clearly know what a number is or what a shape is. However, the reality is that these skills are fantastically complex, and … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Introduction