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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 twoperson 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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Singlesided and Doublesided 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
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
Adding Up
After a twomonth 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
numbers and NUMBERS
Yesterday was probably the calmest lesson I’ve had with the girls to date. I gave each of them a task, and watched them peacefully plugging away. Varya was supposed to write down numbers that could be made using rods with … Continue reading
Evens and Odds
Today’s lesson started with a game of catch. The goal was for the girls to figure out who would have the ball after some number of throws. (Actually, throwing turned out to be a terrible idea because their coordination isn’t … Continue reading
Cutting Corners
What happens when you take a figure with 4 angles and cut off one angle? You get a figure with 3 angles, right? The girls’ answer was natural and not at all surprising. Luckily, I had prepared some paper quadrilaterals … Continue reading