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Kids Origami and Math - Whale geometry origami Jun 03, 2024

Origami is a great tool for helping children develop focus and concentration.  Each design takes a bit of time and children need to focus on each step to get the outcome they desire.  In...

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What does it really mean to square a number? multiplication parenting for success May 07, 2024

 

One day when I was teaching second grade, the math coach suggested that we should do a lesson with the students on square numbers. 

“Are you kidding?  These students are only...

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Books About Explaining Your Ideas and Listening to Others math picture books math practices parenting for success Mar 22, 2024

I met with a group of librarians this week and we talked about Math Practice #3 – “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.”  We had such a...

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Books About Persevering and Trying Multiple Methods math picture books math practices parenting for success Jan 04, 2024

This started out as a post about picture books that include Math Practice #1 (Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.) but it turned out that it is also a post about books that...

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Perseverance-Step by Step math practices parenting for success Sep 05, 2023

When my daughter was 8 years old. We hiked 23 miles in one day.  Two years later we did it again.

 One of her teachers had created this hike as a fundraiser.  Each year she invited...

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Attend to Precision Examples Apr 19, 2023

 Math Practice #6 “Attend to Precision” feels familiar to most of us because it feels like the math goal of a generation ago of finding the correct answer and showing our work....

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Measurement in the Rain math skills measurement Apr 04, 2023

California has been inundated with rain this winter.  The rain has got me thinking about rain gauges and measurement.  I have a very informal system in my backyard.  It’s just...

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Creating Connections With Math Feb 08, 2023

I keep reading that one of the secrets to a long life is deep connections with other people.  Sure, eating well helps and lots of exercise too, but connection wasn’t one of the secrets...

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Using Tape Diagrams for Math addition division math skills multiplication subtraction Jan 11, 2023

Whenever a student is trying to make sense of a problem I like to ask, “Can you make a picture of it?”  Using a tape diagram for math can help children model lots of different...

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5 of the Best Math Picture Books for Early Elementary Children parenting for success Dec 08, 2022

Young children love to snuggle up with an adult and listen to a story. These books are some of the best math picture books to read with children and they teach math at the same time. If you are...

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5 Great Math Picture Books for Upper Elementary Children math picture books parenting for success Nov 30, 2022

Older elementary children still love listening to stories.  Reading together helps reduce stress and creates a great feeling of connection between the reader and the...

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Subtraction Strategies -Constant Difference Strategy math skills subtraction Nov 15, 2022

Powerful mathematicians have many different strategies at their fingertips that they can use to solve problems.  They can choose which strategy will be the most efficient for...

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