## Tasty Math Homework

I just finished making brownies (from a box) with my granddaughter Charlotte who is in Junior Kindergarten.  I was reminded about all of the ways both math and literacy can be injected into a fun time.  I baked with my own children when they were young but I know … More Tasty Math Homework »

## Money Race Games

I love games that require very little preparation and materials but really focus on important math concepts and skills. Here is one that will allow students to identify different coins and understand their value.  In addition they are developing an understanding of equal groups and unitizing … More Money Race Games »

## What does = mean?

How often do we make assumptions about students’ mathematical understanding in the younger grades because they are able to compute equations such as 5+7 or 12-7?  In a Gr 2-3 class we asked the students to independently solve the following question: 8 + 4 = _ + 5 Just … More What does = mean? »

## Understanding Equality Using Pattern Blocks

Recently a primary teacher asked me for suggestions for hands-on activities for balance and equality.  As I mentioned in a previous post we have a tendency to focus more on patterning and less on algebra, but here is a Grade 1 teacher understanding the importance of moving beyond.  In … More Understanding Equality Using Pattern Blocks »

## Ten “Tens” You Say!

One of the highlights of my work is that I get to interact in depth with small groups of students for longer periods of time than may be available to a classroom teacher.  I view these opportunities as a window into understanding challenges and misconceptions that other students may be … More Ten “Tens” You Say! »

## Play-based Learning at Home

As a grandparent I have so much fun playing with my grandchildren in a way that I do not remember doing so with my own children. Maybe this is because I approach play from a perspective of observing and wondering much like my work in classrooms. I think being less … More Play-based Learning at Home »