BEAUTIFUL CONNECTIONS

Our children’s brains grow and change.  Don’t lose sight of the fact that experiencing both mistakes and challenges are  important for brain growth.  Mathematics is about depth not speed. Engaging with  mathematics – visually, in words, numbers, algorithms, tables, graphs and other forms  encourages brain connections and brain growth.   *****************************   Leo the Rabbit wants… Read More

EVEN THE SMALLEST AMONG US

Every Little Letter shows how even the smallest among us can make a big impact, and how a single act of friendship can inspire whole communities to come together. “How do you tear down walls? With words, at first. Then brick by brick.”  Unity and division are themes rich for exploration in this story of alphabet… Read More

FLEXIBLE THINKING

If learning mathematics is going to be an exciting adventure for our young learners, then we need to ensure that they experience sufficient opportunities to enjoy working flexibly across the mathematics curriculum. Being flexible enables them to appreciate that problems may have more than one possible answer and become more willing to consider alternative strategies when… Read More

MARVELOUS MASKS

Families will find this book  helpful in explaining why we all need to wear masks sometimes — from cowboys, to doctors, baseball catchers, astronauts, chemists…and even superheroes and witches! Inspired by her own young children, the author hopes that this lighthearted story helps reduce some of our children’s stress about wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic…. Read More

DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS

This delightful picture book is about sharing and being a good friend. The enduring lesson is that sharing is a type of generosity that shows you care.  Learning to share can be a challenge for our young children, but sharing is a skill they need for play and learning throughout childhood.  *********************************** DOZENS of DOUGHNUTS Carrie… Read More

PLAYFUL MATH

Games give children opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies.  Providing repeated opportunities for your children to play math games fosters mathematical ideas to emerge as they notice new patterns, relationships, and strategies. ******************************* EN-COUNTERS for TWO Here’s a game to play with an adult. ADULT’S DIRECTIONS: … Read More

THE SUITCASE

“The Suitcase” is full of heart and humanity.  It is about friendship, and how it can blossom when we least expect it. It’s about recognizing that when someone is in need and we are in a position to help, then that’s what we should do.  Something wonderful just might happen. The story of this peculiar stranger… Read More

CURIOSITY – A MATHEMATICAL HABIT OF THE MIND

Engaging our children in the problem-solving process provides an opportunity to explore and work from their own level of understanding.  The goal is to offer opportunities for rich, embedded learning, building towards new understandings. ******************************** LADYBUG COUNT Some children were playing a game. They collected cards with ladybugs on them. Here are the cards they had… Read More

EXPLORING DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS

One of the ways we can help our children become better problem solvers is by repeatedly and explicitly giving them opportunities to develop key problem-solving skills. Today’s activities provide opportunities to explore different solutions. In both the Chain of Changes and Coloring Triangles, learners are encouraged to look carefully at each problem, ask questions and utilize… Read More

IT’S YOUR MOVE!

One of the essential mathematical problem-solving skills that we want our children to develop is that of logical thinking: ‘if this … then that’.  Strategy games are a great way to offer children the opportunity to develop this skill in a stimulating environment. These seemingly simple pencil-and-paper games were invented by mathematicians. They call for two… Read More