Author Archives: aofradkin

About aofradkin

I enjoy thinking about presenting mathematical concepts to young children in exciting and engaging ways.

Dots in a Square from Math Without Words

Recently, my third grade class and I have fallen in love with Math Without Words by James Tanton. This is a delightful collection of math puzzles, ranging in difficulty from fairly easy to quite hard, but all mathematically beautiful. Occasionally, … Continue reading

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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Lots of fun with Tiny Polka Dot

For a week in our kindergarten class we have been playing with Tiny Polka Dot!  I had been excited about these cards arriving for a while, and I was not disappointed.  They are colorful, sturdy and creative, and my students … Continue reading

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Avoid Hard Work! – A book for problem-solvers of all levels (toddler to mathematician)

It is the beginning of winter break and the family is off to a vacation.  The car ride ahead is many hours.  Ten minutes into the drive, Katie (8 years old) realizes that she forgot her book.  In desperation, she … Continue reading

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Functions in Kindergarten – A favorite

A few weeks ago I did a series of lessons with the kindergartners about one of my favorite topics to do with this age group: functions!  I recall being quite surprised when I introduced the concept to my daughter when … Continue reading

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Our Second Fun Math Festival

We had another wonderful math festival, hosted jointly by Golden Key Russian School and Main Line Classical Academy.  Here is an account of it, written by Yulia Shpilman. We did it, we did it, we did it again! Last Sunday, … Continue reading

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Measuring everything in sight!

Last week, our second grade math class was filled with fun measurement activities, more specifically, measuring length.  Here are some highlights.  A number of the activities were adapted from the Georgia Mathematics Standards of Excellence. For the first activity, I … Continue reading

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