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

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

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: 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

Bring out the Math in Thanksgiving: Math Talk

You might be surprised at how much math goes into pulling off a Thanksgiving meal! Build early math skills and get some help by involving your child in the preparation process. All you have to do is ask a few intentional questions while you work. Here are some tips for how you can bring out … Continue reading Bring out the Math in Thanksgiving: Math Talk

Math Talk for Early Learning

All children are born with the ability to learn math. As children experience rich and stimulating environments, their brains build pathways and connections (Boaler, 2016). Rich and stimulating environments may sound fancy, but it's not - no snazzy toys or doctorate required. All you need to do is talk about math with your child! Talking … Continue reading Math Talk for Early Learning

Burying the term “I’m not a math person”

Helping your child love math starts with being aware of the words you use. Children latch on to and internalize the messages they hear their parents say. Consider these small yet powerful messages: I've never been good at math. I'm not a math person. Math is so hard for me. Do any of these sound … Continue reading Burying the term “I’m not a math person”