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Books that celebrate math

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on June 12th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

I’ve been reading Brunelleschi’s Dome (Ross King), the story of the construction of the great Duomo in Florence, Italy. The engineering puzzles that were solved during its construction are absolutely amazing, and its story form makes it a beach read. Honest!

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Rainy Day Math Games

Posted in Jane Kise, Web Connections on June 5th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My father once babysat three of his grandchildren, all under the age of five, for a Saturday morning. A former physical education teacher, he believed in organized fun, so before the children arrived he set up a whole series of games in the basement.

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Summer math = No Workbooks!!!

Posted in Jane Kise, Web Connections on May 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

I recently visited a toy store that had been a favorite when my children were preschoolers, filled with unique puzzle books and games that we couldn’t find elsewhere. Guess what? That great book collection was gone, replaced by workbooks. These may be convenient ways for parents to make sure their children move ahead on skills during the summer but be very, very careful:

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Real Math Mastery, Part 2

Posted in Jane Kise, Web Connections on May 22nd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

In my blogs this month, I’ve been trying to help parents see what matters most in math mastery: the big ideas of math. One of the biggest causes of math anxiety in this country is emphasis on memorization rather than understanding. After all, it’s easier to remember things if you understand them.

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Real Math Mastery, Part 1

Posted in Jane Kise, Web Connections on May 15th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

One of the best educators in the world of math, Marilyn Burns, has been working for years on quick ways to check whether children have grasped the big ideas of math. Her conclusion? Often, students with fantastic test scores still lack basic concepts! To see the difference between understanding and merely calculating!

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Math Play for Preschoolers

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 8th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My five-year-old grandniece is making great progress in math. How can I tell? As we played with our little toy town, I asked, “You said we have five cars waiting for gas? If these two others drive over, how many will there be?” “Six…seven…seven!” she replied. She has the major math concept of counting on! She didn’t go back to the start, touching each of them from one to seven. She knew that she could start at five and keep going.

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Math Play for Tots

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 1st, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Here’s the biggest non-secret in helping your toddler become a mathematician:

PLAY

That’s right, just play with your child. The second big non-secret:

MODEL

That’s it. No expensive electronics, no workbooks. Just the kinds of things moms and dads have been doing for centuries. If there’s any secret, it’s being a little big conscious of the three big building blocks to math knowledge that toddlers can begin to absorb.

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