Tag Archives: 4 years old

Counting crocodile legs

Katie, at nine years old, rarely asks me to give her math problems.  She always has a lot on her mind and gets plenty of problems from school and other math-related activities (interesting problems do sometimes come up spontaneously in … Continue reading

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Counting beads

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. Recently, at our math lessons with 5-6 year olds, we were … threading beads. Actually, we were making very simple abacuses. We were putting 5 light beads and 5 dark beads on a … Continue reading

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Protecting against magic

Yesterday, Zoe and I were playing a game of Bingo.  In this version, there are cards with the pictures and names of the items (all related to the ocean) and you flip them over one by one to figure out … Continue reading

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Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … 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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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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Kids are like marbles

In addition to teaching Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and partially 3rd-4th grades at the Main Line Classical Academy, I am also continuing to teach enrichment math at the Golden Key Russian School.  There, I have two groups of Kindergartners, one group … Continue reading

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Story Math in Kindergarten: Two of Everything

Friday is story day in our Kindergarten math class.  For our first book we read Two of Everything, a Chinese folktale.  We then had a wonderful discussion and the kids asked some very insightful questions. Here is a brief synopsis of … Continue reading

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What is a number? – First week of Kindergarten Math

My first week of teaching has been a lot of fun!  This post is about some of the things we did with the Kindergartners. On the first day, after introductions and getting to know each other, I asked them what … Continue reading

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Some functions are not friends

Following the suggestion of one of the commenters, I introduced Katie to the concept of inverse functions.  I started by saying that I want to tell her about two functions that are not friends with each other.  She seemed interested, … Continue reading

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