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

Parents’ Guide to Math Games: Setting the Foundation

Math games are a great way to build foundational math skills and math confidence. Children develop an intuitive sense of mathematics on their own. Through games, children have the opportunity to formalize their ideas as they make connections, communicate with others, and represent their ideas in multiple ways. Playing games also builds important problem solving … Continue reading Parents’ Guide to Math Games: Setting the Foundation

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

Homework Help Part 2: Strategies to Add Confidence and Subtract Anxiety

Math homework has been known to cause tears, frustration, and headaches for parents and children alike. Unfortunately, something that is intended to help children get better at math tends to turn them against it. Regardless of what you believe about homework (more on that in another post), you can't control what your child's math homework … Continue reading Homework Help Part 2: Strategies to Add Confidence and Subtract Anxiety

Counting Fingers and Toes

In my more-often-than-normal conversations about math, I have found that many adults use the following phrase as evidence that they're not math people: I still use my fingers to do math problems. The underlying assumption is one that has been passed down from one math classroom to the next: using your fingers to help you … Continue reading Counting Fingers and Toes

Subtracting speed from the equation

At some regrettable point in time, math and speed became intertwined: The faster you can do math, the better you are at it. This common belief contains two key misconceptions about math: Math is about calculations (the actual addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) How fast you can do the calculations matters Unfortunately, these misconceptions create … Continue reading Subtracting speed from the equation

We are all born with math brains

Math, more than any other subject, is associated with innate ability. I just didn't get the math gene. I have always struggled with numbers. These phrases suggest that the sacred "math brain" is a gift that a small percentage of children receive at birth. However, research over the past few decades has revealed that our … Continue reading We are all born with math brains

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”