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Avoid Hard Work! – A book for problem-solvers of all levels (toddler to mathematician)

It is the beginning of winter break and the family is off to a vacation.  The car ride ahead is many hours.  Ten minutes into the drive, Katie (8 years old) realizes that she forgot her book.  In desperation, she … Continue reading

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Playing Math Detectives: First Week of Second Grade Math

The first week in our second grade class we did lots of time traveling.  We played the role of math detectives and helped people from different time periods solve problems.  We also learned about some ancient number systems. On the … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids’ Curiosities Alive: Conversation with James Tanton

What associations do words like “meaningful, joyful, relevant, human, with thinking” invoke in your mind? Of all the possibilities, I bet one of the least likely associations is “mathematics”.  And yet, if you ask James Tanton, the Mathematician-at-Large for the … Continue reading

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First of many?

When I first told Katie (6 y/o) that I signed her up for the Math Kangaroo competition, she got very excited and immediately started bombarding me with questions.  Will I win?  What if I don’t win?  What if I can’t solve … Continue reading

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