One of the most common refrains I hear from parents and teachers is that their kids struggle most when faced with a word problem (or story problem). This is not surprising--a problem involving a single operation, with nothing to decipher or decision to make is straightforward. If the problem says to add, you add. If it is a long division expression, you divide. But a story that uses math to model the world around us takes computation to a whole Keep Reading...

## 15+ of the BEST Fall STEM Activities: Easy + Fun!

It’s almost time to go outside and enjoy the apples, pumpkins, and leaves. Yes, fall is coming! Along with the return of fall is the opportunity to give your children lots of engaging STEM activities. I’ve gathered fall science experiments, math activities, engineering projects, and nature studies and bundled them into one big list of the BEST fall STEM activities for you. If you are looking for fall STEM activities for kids, you are sure to Keep Reading...

## Math in Nature: 5 Stunning Ways We See Math in the World

Have you ever stopped to look around and notice all the amazing shapes and patterns we see in the world around us? Mathematics forms the building blocks of the natural world and can be seen in stunning ways. Here are a few of my favorite examples of math in nature, but there are many other examples as well. The Fibonacci Sequence: Named for the famous mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci, this number sequence is a simple, yet profound Keep Reading...

## I Notice, I Wonder…Helping Kids Understand Big Math Ideas & Solve Problems

One of the biggest hurdles for kids when it comes to math is word problems. Just the sight of a word problem can either send kids into a panic or cause them to number pluck: meaning they simply pull out all the numbers and guess at an operation (often just adding them up). But if we want kids to think like mathematicians and learn to be strong problem solvers, we have to help them think about and communicate big math ideas. They need to learn to Keep Reading...

## 10 Things Every Good Mathematician Should Do

Everyone can be a mathematician. Every student can succeed at math! But not every student walks into class already knowing how to think like a mathematician, problem solve and think logically. So here is a list of ten things every student can learn to do and practice as they tackle math problems to become a better mathematician (and better problem solver!). This list is not my own, it's actually from a poster I used to have hanging in my Keep Reading...

## 5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Math

For many children, learning math can be a frustrating and difficult process. As a result, some may try to separate themselves from the subject as much as possible in their day-to-day lives. This can make learning and retaining math concepts in school a struggle, and can take all the enjoyment out of a skill that has many practical, real-world uses. Luckily, if you’re a parent who wants to help your child better understand math, there are Keep Reading...

## Symmetry: Finish the Picture Pages {Drawing Mirror Images}

One beautiful math concept that is seen all over the natural world, as well as in art, music and more is symmetry. And what I love about symmetry is that even very young kids can learn about and see symmetry in the world around them, making this a great topic to explore with mixed ages. I would encourage you to start with a hands on introduction or a fun math art project when teaching symmetry. But another fun activity for kids is this set of Keep Reading...

## 30+ Amazing Candy Math Activities for Kids

Let's face it-kids love candy. And while we, as the adults, have to make sure they don't go overboard with the sweets, it can be a fun treat from time to time and can certainly make difficult math concepts more fun and engaging. Plus, doing some candy math with your kids can also be a great way to make good use of all the piles of candy at Halloween or Easter. Whatever the occasion, you will find all sorts of candy math activities in this list, Keep Reading...

## 20+ Apple Math Games, Activities & STEM for Kids

Do you and your kids like hands on math? I am always quick to pull out standard materials such as base ten blocks or play money, but sometimes I want to model math with something unique. Apples provide a simple and tasty math manipulative. Apple math games or activities are perfect at the beginning of the school year, or anytime in the fall. They're also fun during an apple unit study. And what I love is that they can be used to teach and explore Keep Reading...

## 25+ Engaging Math Tasks That Promote a Growth Mindset

In our culture, we are bombarded with messages implying that some people are good at math and some people aren't. There's this notion that some people have that elusive "math gene" and some people don't. Overcoming these negative attitudes and baggage to encourage kids that they can in fact learn and enjoy math and there is actually no such thing as a "math person," is a challenge. But more and more research is showing up that kids with a growth Keep Reading...

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