Tag Archives: 5 years old

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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The function of 2048

Yesterday Katie caught me playing the recent popular game 2048.  When I confessed to playing a game, she looked at it and asked me whether she could have a turn.  I didn’t see why not – the rules are certainly … Continue reading

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Two Katies and a Zoe

This morning: Katie: Can we have more light? Me: Sure, you know how to turn on the light. Katie goes over to the light switch and flicks it. Katie: It’s just the right height for me.  For a tall person … Continue reading

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Fair Sharing?

Katie: Mom, can I have a whole doughnut with my milk? Me: I think there is only one left in the bag.  How about a piece for daddy and me? Katie: I can give you a quarter (aka, one fourth … Continue reading

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Building Towers

The first half of today’s lesson consisted of building towers out of colorful blocks.  It began with me building a tower and asking the girls some questions about the order in which the blocks could be placed.  Could I have … Continue reading

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How to Draw It

This week’s lesson with Katie and Varya started off with some drawing exercises.  I would show them a figure and they had to draw it without lifting the pencil from the paper and without going over any line twice.  The … Continue reading

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It all depends on how you look at it.

Objects often looked different when viewed from different angles.  A fun, and often non-trivial, activity is to draw an object as viewed from the front, side, top, etc.  This week in class, we used cubes from the puzzle game Q-bits … Continue reading

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Single-sided and Double-sided worlds

What happens when you take a strip of paper and glue its ends together?  You get an object that is similar in size and shape to a bracelet.  Now lets suppose that this object is a world with tiny people … Continue reading

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Pentaminoes

Last Sunday at the Golden Key Russian School, we did a fun and engaging activity involving pentaminoes.  Pentaminoes are shapes made out of five squares connected along edges.  There are 12 of them up to rotations and reflections: These shapes … Continue reading

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Romantic Puzzles

As I have mentioned in the past, Katie is a Girl – she likes playing with dolls, getting dressed up, listening to stories about fairies and princesses…  At the same time she also likes math and puzzles.  So when for … Continue reading

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