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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
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Tagged #tmwyk, 5 years old, 9 years old, amusing conversation, philosophical
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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 mathrelated activities (interesting problems do sometimes come up spontaneously in … Continue reading
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Tagged #tmwyk, 4 years old, amusing conversation, arithmetic, word problems
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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
M&Ms: Munch and Math
It all started with a bag of peanut M&Ms. There were three of us and we would take the M&Ms out of the bag three at a time; Zoe would pick her favorite color out of the three, then Katie … Continue reading
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Tagged #tmwyk, 7 years old, amusing conversation, arithmetic, division, fractions
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Gruesome Math
Zoe has a recent fascination with blood – not the real kind (luckily), but the kind that appears in stories when someone gets hurt. Here is an example of how an innocent math problem turned into a gruesome tale. I was … Continue reading
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Tagged #tmwyk, 2 years old, addition, amusing conversation, amusing story, arithmetic, subtraction
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What makes a pattern?
Last year, a large fraction of the small amount of math that Katie did in Kindergarten consisted of basic patterns. “Red, blue, red, blue, red” what comes next? And the more advanced version of that with three repeating colors or … Continue reading
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Counting to a Million
This evening Katie was entertaining herself by counting to 100 by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc. After counting by 9s, Katie exclaimed, “That was easy; but you know what’s even easier? Counting by 10s – I can count by 10s to … Continue reading
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Tagged #tmwyk, 6 years old, amusing conversation, big numbers, counting, skip counting
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