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 Math Card Games

Playing math games is a great way to build math skills and make math learning fun. What's even better, though, is that math games have other benefits as well. Children learn important collaboration skills as they take turns and play fair, and the act of sitting down together strengthens parent-child relationships. In this post, you'll … Continue reading Early Math Card Games

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 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 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

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