# Tag Archives: #tmwyk

## M&Ms: Munch and Math

It all started with a bag of peanut M&Ms. There were three of us and we would take the M&Ms out of the bag three at a time; Zoe would pick her favorite color out of the three, then Katie … Continue reading

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## Diagonal is not straight

Zoe and I often play games where one of us makes a figure with some objects (stones, chips, snap-cubes, etc.) and the other one has to make an identical figure.  Today, for this purpose, we were using an old Russian … Continue reading

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## Nonstandard Division

The game Labyrinth has been a recent favorite at our house.  However, this post isn’t so much about the game itself, but rather about Zoe dealing with a certain aspect of the setup: dividing a pile of cards evenly between … Continue reading

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## Gruesome Math

Zoe has a recent fascination with blood – not the real kind (luckily), but the kind that appears in stories when someone gets hurt.  Here is an example of how an innocent math problem turned into a gruesome tale.  I was … Continue reading

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## Color Counts

Zoe really likes playing with Mathlink cubes, but until a few days ago, the only thing she really liked doing with them was take apart structures that I would build for her (and she would not be satisfied until all … Continue reading

## Counting to a Million

This evening Katie was entertaining herself by counting to 100 by 2s, 3s, 4s, etc.  After counting by 9s, Katie exclaimed, “That was easy; but you know what’s even easier? Counting by 10s – I can count by 10s to … Continue reading

## Who’s the oldest?

Katie’s birthday is on October 2.  Our school district’s policy for going to first grade is “6 years old by October 1”, and they are very strict about it.  Katie knows this fact, and fortunately, she is very happy about … Continue reading

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## String theory and practice

Part I: Zoe Zoe really liked her aquamarine pants with two strings. She liked playing with the strings, and she liked counting them: one, two.  Then, one day, she pulled a little too hard on one of the strings, and … 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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## Measuring Distance in Time

When was the last time you used an actual unit of distance when answering a question of the type “How far is …”?  For example, Katie knows that her school is 5 minutes away, mom’s work is 10 minutes away, … Continue reading

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