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Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

Last summer I hosted an art and math class for middle school girls. I was inspired by the work of Jo Boaler, Lang Chen, Cathy Williams & Montserrat Cordero in their paper Seeing as Understanding the Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. In the paper they present evidence from brain research to… Continue reading Visual Thinking in the Arts and Mathematics

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Learning about Place Value

Children begin to learn about place value from the time they are very young and they continue to make sense of our base ten number system through middle school. They use what they understand about numbers and place value to solve math problems. Young children will count by 1's to solve simple addition and subtraction… Continue reading Learning about Place Value

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Building Number Sense

     Hello!  This is just a quick blog post about helping your child build number sense.  People who have number sense can use numbers flexibly.  They rely on their understanding of numbers and quantities to solve computation problems.  Children can strengthen their number sense by engaging in fun games and activities that provide the opportunity… Continue reading Building Number Sense

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Building Math Fluency

     I've had a couple conversations about how kids learn math facts recently. I thought I would share how I helped my kids develop math fluency and share some resources you can use to help your child strengthen his or her math fluency.   To better understand the approach I take to learning math facts… Continue reading Building Math Fluency

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A Learning Play Date

This week in Arizona many schools are closed due to the teacher walkout.  There is a great necessity to adequately fund schools in the state. I support the teachers, administrators and support staff who have stood their ground to put pressure on the state legislature and leaders to come up with a solution. Since the… Continue reading A Learning Play Date

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Helping Your Child with Math ~ Questions to Ask

In recent days, I have had several conversations with parents about how to help their child with homework and how to gain a better understanding about what their child is learning in school.  Like most parents I also worry about my children's academic progress.  There are countless worries, right? Often we get caught up in… Continue reading Helping Your Child with Math ~ Questions to Ask

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Exploring Shapes and Making Connections

This summer we will be spending almost three weeks in Europe.  We are starting our trip in the Swiss Alps then spending time in Florence, Paris and finally Ireland. (Where we get to visit friends we miss greatly.)  I hope to prepare the kids for the art and architecture they will encounter on the trip.… Continue reading Exploring Shapes and Making Connections