When I was in fifth grade, I missed a few days of school due to sickness and when I came back, I had some trouble getting up to speed on fractions. They were hard and awful and I cried at school one day because I thought that I would never understand them. And I am pretty sure that in that moment, I decided I wasn't good at math.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments
I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again.
When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments
As mentioned on this blog before, math and I have had a rocky relationship. I try not to talk to my son about it though. He is still young enough that I want him to acquire his own likes and dislikes at school. (So far: He doesn't like music class, but all the rest are fine. That makes sense to me - my son has never been much of a singer.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 7, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments
I keep a few older videos of my son on my phone. I like to watch them and compare what he was like a few years ago to how he is today. One of the items that I notice right away is how he talks. Not necessarily how much he talks (although I notice that, too) but the way he pronounced his words. At the time I took the…Continue
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Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on July 24, 2015 at 5:32pm — No Comments
It is said that children, long before they start walking and talking, have already inherited and developed the mathematical gene within them, passed down from previous generations to the next. We are all born with the ability to logically inter-connect things and math is just a tool which enables us to carry out such complex functions. To put it plain, at around three years of age, we all naturally start to understand the simple notion that if you have one apple and you add another – you…Continue
Added by Sophie Andersen on May 25, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others. We ask a lot of specific questions about our son's day, but we find that he doesn't have a good recall for the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
I was getting some exercise with coworkers a few weeks ago when I saw a Girl Scout. She was about eight years old and with her daddy and absolutely adorable. She was also selling cookies.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 18, 2015 at 7:50am — No Comments
** This time of the year makes me so very grateful for my beloved hot glue gun.
** I may steal the dog crate from the dog -- it just looks so darn PRIVATE in there.…
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 24, 2014 at 3:07pm — No Comments
** My mind thinks I’m 21, but my body, not so much.
** There’s no such thing as…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 3, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Whenever I used to ask my mother what she wanted for a birthday or Christmas, she would always answer the same thing: "Nothing." If pressed, she would tell me that all she wanted was for us to be happy.
It's the sort of non-answer that a lot of Moms give. Yes, parents want their children to be happy,…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 8, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments
The image on the right (or at least something similar) has been circulating the web for a while now. Initially I thought it was just another silly share going around, but today as it was posted I decided to click the link included with the post. It mentioned something called Common Core Math Standards and apparently it's already "standard" in some schools. This makes me nervous!…Continue
Added by Ronda on May 19, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments
In my nightmares, I am sitting at a too-small desk, faced with a series of computations. I have to solve for x...but I have no idea how to do the work.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 16, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments
Remember that show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" Well, it turns out, I'm apparently not. You see, I happen to live with two of them, and I'm reminded of that fact nearly every friggin' night when I try to help them with their homework -- I swear we never learned ANY of this stuff until high…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 12, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments
A fabulous toddler and preschooler activity that teaches about colors, sorting, math and art!
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While the boys were out on a Home Depot run (arh! arh! arh!) Mama and baby girl got to spend some much needed quality 1:1 time. Earlier in the week, I noticed I have an…Continue
Added by Amber Poole on September 19, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments
** The lighting in fitting rooms is nothing short of cruel.
** My toes are sooooo ready for flip flops.
** A clean car is pretty awesome (even if only for five short minutes).
** I probably owe the car wash an apology note.
** The appetites of my children dramatically increase the moment school lets…Continue
Teaching children math is no feat! Knowing that my daughter would start her math curriculum this week made me anxious! Although she is only in Kindergarten, I still wanted to expose her to math. The search was on! I was determined to find the best math apps for children! Between the hundreds (maybe thousands) of math apps for kids available, I have listed the top 10 below. The final determination was based on a few different things... reviews from parents, reviews from other websites…Continue
Added by Shivani Cotter on September 17, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments
If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably been subjected to my bitching about third grade math from time to time. Call me crazy, but I'm just not a big fan of assignments that make make me feel dumber than my nine-year-old children. Cause right now, my kids think I know everything, and this math crap is totally starting to blow my cover!!!
Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 9, 2012 at 11:09am — No Comments
I don’t. I like helping others – that’s easy.
My problem lies in receiving. This does not apply to receiving support from my generous family, at that, I’m…Continue
Added by Kimberly Moore on March 19, 2012 at 4:51am — No Comments
** Bloating and cramping are God's way of saying, "Sucks to be you!!!"
** Giselle Bundchen needs to be introduced to the wonderful world of duct tape.
** A rotten bag of mushrooms makes your…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on February 10, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments