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 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 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

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Progression of Number Concepts Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

By the end of second grade, children have developed the foundation for their future math learning. They know that numbers tell how many, they have explored our base ten number system, and they understand that numbers can be put together and taken apart to create new numbers. In fact, with a handful of exceptions, children … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Progression of Number Concepts Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Little Brains, Big Concepts: Progression of Number Concepts Ages 3-6

The journey to understanding number is one of wonder and exploration, and I continue to be amazed by how children's brains build these concepts from the ground up. The fact that all brains tend to follow a similar path is equally astounding. This common journey provides a road map for how we can best support … Continue reading Little Brains, Big Concepts: Progression of Number Concepts Ages 3-6

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: 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