Kickstarter Countdown!

Kickstarter Countdown!

MathKit is in the final week of our Kickstarter!

Thanks to you, our awesome supporters, MathKit has raised 13K of our 30K goal. We couldn't have made it this far without you! Kickstarter is all or nothing, so we have to reach our goal of 30K by 11am on Friday, December 11 in order to receive any funding. Here are some ways to help...

4 Tips for Raising Kids Who Don't Hate Math

4 Tips for Raising Kids Who Don't Hate Math

Kids are starting to hate math SO YOUNG.  I believe the best gift we can give our children is the confidence that they can learn anything they put their mind to, and keep their futures open. Since many parents and teachers dislike math, it's tough to include it in the "you can learn anything" message. Here are some tips on improving learning by making math relaxing and playful...

Pumpkin Math!

Pumpkin Math!

Follow these tips from playdoughtoplato.com to play some math together while carving your pumpkin this year.  These math activities work well for families with children of different ages, including younger siblings.

You will get to help guide your child on estimation. Your child will get to make guesses about become a expert on their pumpkin. And then carve it up!

Break the "bad at math" cycle.

Break the "bad at math" cycle.

Are you worried about passing math struggle on to your kids?

As a math teacher and a mom, I often hear other parents’ “math stories”.  They find out I am a math teacher and open up to me. There is a remarkably strong pattern to these stories. Parents are afraid they will pass math difficulty and anxiety on to their kids. But, researchers have some good news for parents...

Protect your child's confidence during timed math facts.

Protect your child's confidence during timed math facts.

There is a lot of focus on math facts, and it is one of the areas where kids first feel "graded" in math.  A lot of kids start to associate their math ability overall with their ability to do math facts quickly. This is misguided, and harmful to self-confidence.

Learn how parents can protect their child's math confidence during timed math tests at school.

Fall math fun.

Fall math fun.

Follow these tips from lifeovercs.com to play some math together while enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.  These math activities work well for families with children of different ages, including younger siblings.

You will get to help your kids learn measurement, perimeter, area, and estimation. Your kids will get to gather sticks and play on the ground in fallen leaves.

My girl can learn math.

My girl can learn math.

I want my daughter to believe in herself, and in her own ability to do math.

I’ve read a lot of research about girls in STEM, and how so many girls have low self-confidence in math. I’ve read that girls are disproportionately vulnerable to teachers’ and parents’ math anxiety.  I’ve read that the kids most likely to give up on a hard math problem are high achieving girls. I’ve read that girls are more likely to hear praise about how “smart” they are, and react by feeling afraid to try.

I don’t want that to happen to my girl.

My child wouldn't let me "teach" her.

My child wouldn't let me "teach" her.

I changed my ways. I stopped trying to directly teach, and gave her plenty of chances to listen to me think, and try ideas out when she was ready. I call it turn-taking learning.

Is your child distracted, or stressed?

Is your child distracted, or stressed?

If a child starts to feel intimidated, sometimes it's easier to get "distracted" than to deal with the fact that she feels confused. I don't have a perfect solution, but I do think it is helpful to realize that kids show signs of learning stress in unusual ways. 

When I see a child I am working with getting "distracted" during a challenging problem, I try the following...