Tag Archives: #tmwyk

Naming Numbers at Bedtime

Setting: I am putting Zoe (5 yo) to bed. Z: Mom, what comes after one hundred? Me: One hundred and one. Z: No, I mean when you’re counting by tens. Me: One hundred and ten. Z: But then what comes … Continue reading

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The mathematical boundary between a joke and a lie

Like all siblings, my children occasionally quarrel. I generally try not to get involved unless it gets loud or one of them complains to me. Sometimes, however, I hear something that amuses me and I tune in or even join … Continue reading

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Counting crocodile legs

Katie, at nine years old, rarely asks me to give her math problems.  She always has a lot on her mind and gets plenty of problems from school and other math-related activities (interesting problems do sometimes come up spontaneously in … Continue reading

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Skip counting or word skipping?

We like games at our house, but there are rules that one has to follow when using them.  And the rules are not just for playing the games (those we actually often modify at will), but there are also rules … Continue reading

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Discussing the meaning of “almost” with an 8 year old

I had previously mentioned that my children are very picky and slow eaters.  This creates much frustration for me, but at the same time has been on multiple occasions inspiration for interesting math conversations. Yesterday, Katie was eating a cutlet … Continue reading

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Double perfect squares

We have recently done a unit on perfect squares in school. The following conversation with Katie (8yo) happened completely spontaneously on a peaceful, evening ride home. K: 10,000 is a double perfect square. Me: What do you mean? K: Well, … Continue reading

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Conservation of fingers and toes

Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading

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