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Benefits and Techniques of Teaching Children a Second Language

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on September 2nd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

One of the reasons on our very long list of why we love our son’s Montessori school is because it has Spanish interwoven into its curriculum in a very natural, everyday manner.  I have been thrilled to have my son share his Spanish with me (especially since I minored in the language in college), but his exposure to other languages has seemed to also prompt his interest in other cultures, in trying out new sounds, and has changed the way he views the world.  My younger son has picked up a few of the words as well, and both of my boys enjoying using their American Sign Language to communicate with each other and with us.

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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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