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Isometric graph paper and 3D pictures

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. At our math festivals and during Mousematics lessons we actively use isometric graph paper, aka “triangular grid paper”.  Sheets with a triangular grid can be downloaded on our site here in the free downloads … 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

Playing Broken Telephone

What follows was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  The game described was played by children ages 5-6, but I feel that a variation of it could be fun for older kids, or even adults.  Ideas? When I was … Continue reading

Numicon – combining geometry and arithmetic

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. This year, we are actively using the Numicon tool in our classes.  We have two sets like this one – and it’s plenty for a group of 12. (Translator’s note – here is … Continue reading

Games with the multiplication table

The following was translated from this post by Jane Kats.  Translation and translator’s notes are by Yulia Shpilman. (Translator’s note: I taught a lesson inspired by this post to my math circle for 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday and … Continue reading

Arithmetic games – is that boring?

Translated from this post by Jane Kats.  I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners.  As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading

The joys of peas and toothpicks for all ages!

Translation of this post by Jane Kats. A building set from peas and toothpicks is a simple and winning proposition. I can keep building from it myself again and again, inventing new structures every time. You can make platonic solids, … Continue reading

Games with tanks and mirror books

Translated from this post by Jane Kats. In our childhood, there was a popular simple game: take a piece of paper, fold it in half and on one half of it draw a dozen small tanks (*translator’s note: drawing balloons … Continue reading

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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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The Piaget Phenomenon

I am very excited to let you know that I am now collaborating with the amazing Jane Kats and that translations of her insightful and inspirational posts will now regularly appear on my blog under the tag “Jane Kats”.  Among … Continue reading

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