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Why not count on our fingers?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I would love to know the source of the very prevalent idea that counting on your fingers is bad. Our school is currently teaching counting and basic arithmetic using a ruler, i.e., a … 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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Little Kids and Big Numbers: Reading How Many Jelly Beans?

I have noticed on a number of occasions that little kids are fascinated by big numbers.   They like to hear them said, they like to see them written, they like to have them visualized.  So it was not surprising … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Estimation in Kindergarten

One of the games we played in class with the kindergartners consists of two decks of cards.  The game is called Turbo-count and I will write about the it separately, as it is a great one for this age group, … 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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Nonstandard Division

The game Labyrinth has been a recent favorite at our house.  However, this post isn’t so much about the game itself, but rather about Zoe dealing with a certain aspect of the setup: dividing a pile of cards evenly between … Continue reading

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Counting Geese

Zoe, grandma, and grandpa were walking in the park.  They noticed a flock of geese by the pond.  “There are so many geese!” Zoe exclaimed.  “How many geese are there?” asked grandma.  Zoe began counting, carefully pointing to each goose … Continue reading

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