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 2: Length Measurement as Distance

What is the length of the crayon below? The answer is 3 inches, but many children will say 4 inches. We tend to teach measurement as a procedure: Line up the object with the zero on the ruler and find where the end of object is. This approach skips over the underlying concepts of measurement, … Continue reading Early Measurement Part 2: Length Measurement as Distance

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

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