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Pizza Pie Assembly Line: Fraction Action!

November 7, 2013 10:00 am


The larger a family gets, the harder it is to find a meal that everyone actually likes. Fortunately, a family can always agree on pizza. Pizza is the great peacemaker, and it can also be a great piece-maker, a delicious way for kids to practice fractions (and learn some valuable cooking skills). Of course, if you’re crunched for time you can pick one up from your favorite spot, but baking your own is sure to create more fun, and more memories, with your kids.

Five Thoughts about Math with Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone

November 1, 2013 8:00 am


Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, Ed.D. Founder and President of Storefront Science in New York City, shares Five Thoughts about Math. As creative and seasoned science educator, she has solid ideas for all parents as well as food for thought for those raising girls.

Fort-ified Mathematics

October 29, 2013 8:00 am


My kids love to make forts out of anything they can find around the house–pillows, boxes, chairs, tables, and bed sheets. It causes a bit of mess as they grab materials and move around the furniture but I don’t mind! They’re having a great time and even learning about math as they play.

Doo-Wap with Your Didgeridoo

October 24, 2013 8:00 am


We listened to a lot of Tom Chapin music when my boys were young. From “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (I just saw the real one in Utah and sadly it’s all rock, no candy) to songs about crazy cousins whipping through and destroying the house on a quick visit, his music captivated us. One song in particular moved us to action. After listening to, “What is a Didgeridoo?” we decided to make some of our own.

Playing with Pumpkin Guts

October 22, 2013 8:00 am


I can still picture the faces on my children the first time we allowed them to help us to pick out pumpkins for Halloween. They had plans for these big orange spheres and could visualize just what they wanted their jack o’ lanterns to look like. They plotted out the shapes they wanted the eyes and other parts to be carved. Then a funny thing happened, we sliced into the pumpkins and their facial expressions changed. My boys were simultaneously fascinated and a bit horrified with what they saw.

Five Thoughts about Math with Bon Crowder

October 18, 2013 8:00 am


Bon Crowder, Math Mom and Education Advocate, publishes MathFour and That’s Math to support teachers and parents in their quest to build better math learners. Our most enthusiastic interviewee to date, Bon shared six thoughts about math, suggesting that perhaps the 5 Thoughts about Math could be +/- 1 due to rounding.

Pumpkin Pi and Other Math Treats for Halloween

October 15, 2013 8:00 am


It’s the most bo-tiful time of the year with fun parties and tasty treats. However, there’s no need to leave math fun behind as you embark on Halloween hijinks. It’s easy to incorporate your love of math into this crazy holiday. Want some help? Here are some exciting ideas for Halloween costumes and goodies:

More Grocery Store Math: A Cornucopia of Calculations

October 11, 2013 8:00 am


When my children were babies they loved to sit in the shopping cart and just marvel at the bright colors, shapes and smells at our local grocery store. That phase of wonderment can turn into a shopping nightmare as children age out of wanting to quietly gaze and absorb their surroundings. You can keep little kids and big ones from becoming frustrated bystanders in the produce aisle with these fun grocery store math activities. Turn your weekly grocery store trip into a math scavenger hunt!

Math Tricks with Exponential Halloween Treats

October 9, 2013 8:00 am


We are big “Halloweenies” and love to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, but here’s the trick: I’m not a big fan of the treats! After allowing the kids to bargain to keep some of the less offensive sweets, I hide, donate, trade-in, and perform kooky science experiments on the rest of it.
You can also take a bite out of math on Halloween, counting that candy, dividing it into piles and figuring out your average haul per house. Bigger bats and ghouls can explore exponential growth, too!

Googol Makes Kids Giggle

October 7, 2013 8:00 am


Before there was Google, there was googol. And, no, a googol is not another incredibly popular search engine. A googol is a number—a really, really big number. Don’t ever expect to count to it or ask your child to do so. Why not? For starters, it would take forever to get there. It’s typically expressed as 10100, but to write it out on paper, you would start with 10 and then write another 100 zeros! Here’s what it looks like: 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.