Author Archives: aofradkin

About aofradkin

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

Logical Fun, Part II

Here is the long overdue follow-up post to Logical Fun, Part I. The previous post left off with the following logic problem being posed to the students: A man is looking at a portrait.  A passerby asks him whose picture … Continue reading

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Get ready for Funville Adventures!

Funville Adventures, our book with Allison Bishop, will be starting its crowdfunding campaign later this month and the plan is for it to be published by Natural Math this summer! Here is a sneak preview of our awesome book cover: … Continue reading

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Games with the multiplication table

The following was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  Translation and translator’s notes are by Yulia Shpilman. (Translator’s note: I taught a lesson inspired by this post to my math circle for 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday and … Continue reading

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Logical Fun, Part I

Once a week, I teach a joint math class at my school which combines children of ages 6-10.  For these lessons, I generally try to pick an activity that I can present as a series of “problems” of increasing difficulty … Continue reading

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Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

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Playing with symmetry in kindergarten

In our kindergarten classroom, there is a big mirror that is usually covered by a giant map.  And for good reason!  As soon as the students find themselves anywhere near the mirror, it attracts them like a magnet.  They make … Continue reading

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The joys of peas and toothpicks for all ages!

Translation of this post by Jane Kats. A building set from peas and toothpicks is a simple and winning proposition. I can keep building from it myself again and again, inventing new structures every time. You can make platonic solids, … Continue reading

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