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Keep Math Skills Sharp Over the Summer


As the school year winds down, parents are faced with the question of what to do in regards to keeping math thinking alive during the summer.

As the school year winds down, parents are faced with the question of what to do in regards to keeping math thinking alive during the summer. Some kind of creative bridge between your accomplishments of this year to the next will provide opportunity for a successful transition in those early back to school weeks. 4…
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You Don’t Need to Be a Math Expert to Teach Math to Your Children


Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math.

Who is a “math expert?” Certainly not me. At best, I have an adversarial relationship with math. At worst, I have been known to cry – the ugly cry; the snotty, tearful, “I HATE THIS STUFF” cry that comes from the soul. How on earth does someone who feels the way I do about math…
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What is the Order of Operations?


The order of operations is a convention that really began to take shape during the sixteenth century as algebraic notation developed.

My very educated mother just served us nachos. Every good boy deserves fudge. Roy G. Biv Mnemonics. Be it the planets in our solar system, the lines of the treble clef, or the order of the colors in a rainbow, most of us have relied on mnemonics to remember information at some point. We use…
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Math Journals: Questions Answered


Having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching in a math journal can help reinforce his mathematical understanding.

Whether you call it a notebook or journal, having your student record his math activities through writing and sketching can help reinforce his mathematical understanding. Writing about math processes and creating diagrams and pictures stimulates different pathways of the brain, more than computation in isolation will do. A math journal provides students of all abilities…
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Real-World Math: Fulfillment and Facilities


Accountants are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in their jobs.

Ask most people what person in a company uses math, and they will generally answer, “The accountant.” That is true, of course. Finance or accounting departments work with numbers and do calculations constantly to do payroll, pay bills, and balance the books. They are not the only ones in business to use math regularly in…
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What is the Sequence in Math?


Is there a sequence to helping students develop mathematical thinking skills?

Children tend to follow a developmental sequence in their learning as they grow and develop. As a very basic example, most children first begin to crawl (while some may scoot), which is then followed by learning to walk, run, skip, and jump, with increased speed and agility over time. As children gain more experience and…
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Should Your Preschooler Use Math-U-See Blocks?


You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance.

You can prepare your preschooler for Math-U-See by providing her with purposeful activity and play in advance. Perhaps it’s happened in your house. It’s time for Math-U-See, and your older children are getting out their workbooks and manipulatives. In the meantime, your preschooler, drawn to the colorful blocks, asks, “Can I use the blocks, too?”…
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Going Deep in Math


Encouraging our children to "go deep" in math can increase motivation, help them learn how to think and reason, and yes, can even make math fun!

Encouraging our children to “go deep” in math can increase motivation, help them learn how to think and reason, and yes, even make math fun! “Why do I need to learn this?” “Math is SO boring!” “I hate math!” Have you ever heard any of these from your children (or perhaps even thought them yourself)?…
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Word Problem Examples and Graphic Organizer Download


A graphic organizer can help develop the habit of visualizing a word problem in smaller chunks. Download yours and learn more about it in the blog post.

A graphic organizer can help develop the habit of visualizing a word problem in smaller chunks. Download yours and learn more about it in the blog post. Many students love to read stories, play with puzzles, and creatively approach problems in their everyday life, so why do they have such an aversion to math word…
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Make Math Fun with a Math Selfie


A math selfie can help improve problem solving skills, increase self-confidence, and showcase student work while learning math.

A math selfie can help improve problem solving skills, increase self-confidence, and showcase student work while learning math. Whether showing a quizzical look or a wide-eyed, cheerful smile, selfies are a mainstay among today’s youth. Selfies (short for self-portraits), serve as a way for pre-teens and teens to express their mood and share important experiences.…
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