# Tag Archives: 5 years old

## How Many? – A book and a math adventure

It was a rainy day in the middle of summer vacation. Ben and Zoe (6 and 5 yo) were home together because they were too young to join their older siblings on their adventure. They were a little sad and … Continue reading

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## Naming Numbers at Bedtime

Setting: I am putting Zoe (5 yo) to bed. Z: Mom, what comes after one hundred? Me: One hundred and one. Z: No, I mean when you’re counting by tens. Me: One hundred and ten. Z: But then what comes … Continue reading

## The mathematical boundary between a joke and a lie

Like all siblings, my children occasionally quarrel. I generally try not to get involved unless it gets loud or one of them complains to me. Sometimes, however, I hear something that amuses me and I tune in or even join … Continue reading

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

## Time, symmetry, and unexpected turns

This is a story of how a kindergarten lesson on telling time turned into a lesson on symmetry.  It all started with a fun, colorful clock, with numbers 1 through 12 made out of shapes (some related to the number, … Continue reading

## 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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## As many opinions as there are shapes: fun with “Which one doesn’t belong – A shapes book”

Last week, the main theme of both my Kindergarten and my second grade math classes was geometry.  We did a number of activities that explored various shapes and their properties, but the biggest hit in both classes was Which one … Continue reading

## 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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## Who’s the Oldest: Conversation with Kindergartners

Yesterday, I overheard a wonderful conversation between our Kindergarten teacher and the Kindergartners.  The kids needed to line up to exit the classroom and the teacher told them to line up by age, oldest to youngest.  Immediately, one of the … Continue reading

## 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