# Arithmetic

Twister

## Twister

Tabitha received a Twister game for her recent birthday (7 years old!) She enjoys a version of the game in which one person spins and the other follows instructions until, as Tabitha puts it with much delight, the cookie crumbles. The players switch roles for...

Talking Math with Other People's Kids Month rolls along... Jennifer Lawler wrote up the following conversation on her blog. --- Jennifer is in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies when her son Ian (8 years old) wanders in and observes her methods. She has put...

Milk by the gallon

## Milk by the gallon

Milk has been on sale at our local gas station/convenience store. Griffin and I walked up there the other day to buy some milk. Two percent milk for the kids and me; skim for Mommy. Me: Griff, the milk we just bought was \$5.50 for two gallons. How much was each...

Multiplication and rectangles

## Multiplication and rectangles

I want to suggest a lovely post by somebody else. It is written by a math teacher who converses with his niece (who is 7 years old) about rectangles and multiplication. As an example, the rectangle below shows that 6x3 is 18. Or is it that 3x6 is 18? That...

Canned pumpkin

## Canned pumpkin

Fall baking in our house requires canned pumpkin. We were out so I asked for Tabitha's help at the grocery store, where the pumpkin in on the bottom shelf. Me: Put four of those bright orange cans of pumpkin in our cart, please.Tabitha (6 years old): I don't know...

The Pumpkin Patch

## The Pumpkin Patch

On a family trip to a farm from which we have bought a tremendous amount of produce this year, Griffin and I were heading to the pumpkin patch. We had already taken the wagon ride to the other pumpkin patch; where the pie pumpkins were grown. We had helped with the...

A short waffles conversation

## A short waffles conversation

Those Eggo mini-waffles are paying off. We had this conversation the other day... Me: There you are, Tabitha. Two sets of waffles. Tabitha (six years old): That's 7. No...8!Me: [washing dishes with my back turned to her] Right. Two sets of four is eight.T:...

How many fives in an hour?

## How many fives in an hour?

Our local public library has a summer reading incentive program. Children keep track of the amount of time they spend reading, and when they reach 20 hours they get a prize. Some of the prizes are good, including a ticket to the State Fair. To keep track of their...