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Inspired by Mastermind

A few months ago we introduced Katie to the game Mastermind, a fun classic that both my husband and I played when we were close to her age.  In this two-person game, one player makes up a “code” consisting of … 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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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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Chips for All Seasons

Yesterday’s lesson with Katie and Varya consisted of exploring various ways of using colorful game chips for doing fun math.  The first activity involved dividing the chips between the doll Nina and the bear Stanford according to specified rules (I … Continue reading

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Routes, Colorful Shapes, and Tournaments

This week’s lesson with the girls began with some basic combinatorics.  I told them that I needed their help in solving a ‘real life’ problem.  This seemed to catch their attention a bit quicker than usual. Problem: On some days … Continue reading

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Adding Up

After a two-month break, we resumed Katie’s joint lessons with Varya.  I decided to start with something simple: addition.  I asked the girls to compute the sum 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9.  This turned out to be a harder task than I envisioned.  Varya … Continue reading

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