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“The Purpose of Education is to Have an Interesting Life. Now.”: conversation with Maria Droujkova

Maria Droujkova is the founder of Natural Math, a curriculum developer and a mathematics education consultant. When asked what she thinks should be the main goals of an elementary school curriculum, Maria answers with a quote from a favorite book, … Continue reading

How is this math anyway?

At what point do kids start forming opinions about what math is and what it is not?  Recently, I have noticed a trend that somewhat upsets me.  Whereas my 1st and 2nd graders may say things like “This is not … Continue reading

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My very own Beautiful Oops!

Katie really likes crepes, but she hasn’t had them in a while. I used to like making crepes, but I haven’t done it in quite a longer while. Earlier this week, Katie complained about #1, which reminded me of #2. … Continue reading

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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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Role Reversal

As a typical 2.5 year old, Zoe really likes the word “myself”.  This gets applied to everything, from opening doors to putting on clothes to riding her bike.  In particular, I get to hear it multiple times in quick succession … Continue reading

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Math on the Go

My memories of math being fun go way back to early childhood.  I don’t recall the exact age at which I started begging my dad for math problems, but it was definitely years before I started school.  Perhaps not surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Backfiring Incentives

I don’t know many kids that enjoy washing dishes, vacuuming, or doing laundry.  Most parents get their kids to do these things by providing incentives, which can take many forms.  Some parents give their kids an allowance, others threaten to … Continue reading

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Math is …

On our last class of the academic year, we asked nineteen 5-10 year olds (majority 6-7 yo) to continue the sentence “Math is…” in as many ways as they could come up with.  The results are in!  But first, a … Continue reading

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A one-legged teacher

This is a follow-up post to Fingers are not like Hands.  My husband suggested that Zoe was able to tell me how many hands everyone had because I asked her only about people she knew.  The thinking was that she just … Continue reading

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Fingers are not like hands

Zoe (2y. 3mo.) has recently gotten pretty good at counting up to 10 objects.  Today, as we were out on a walk, I decided that it was time to start taking advantage of this and chatting math with her.  Here … Continue reading

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