# counting

Short notes

## Short notes

I passed a lovely morning with some math teacher friends at the Museum of Math in New York City today. Sadly, I did not have Griffin or Tabitha along. We would have had a ball. I have three observations... One. There is lots for kids to do there. It is truly a...

The biggest number

## The biggest number

I do not recall the beginning of this conversation, but I do recall that we were eating pizza at the dinner table when Tabitha anticipated my turn in the dicussion. Tabitha (6 years old): I know what you're going to say, Daddy. "Counting never ends." Me: I suppose...

Counting by fives

## Counting by fives

The time I spend doing the dishes is frequently productive. Tabitha (6 years old) or Griffin (9 years old) will often linger nearby playing and talking. Sometimes they talk to me. Sometimes they talk about math, as on a recent evening. Tabitha (6 years old): 5, 10,...

Post-Halloween Math Talk

## Post-Halloween Math Talk

File this under Talking about talking math with with your kids. Waiting for the school bus this morning, the two adults and three children discussed last night's Halloween events. The neighbor girl, W (9 years old), announced that her brother, E (six years...

Counting fingers

## Counting fingers

Counting fingers A while back I met a mathematician. He is the husband of a colleague. He found my Talking Math with Your Kids project fascinating and asked repeatedly for additional examples of the conversations I have had with Griffin and Tabitha. He referred to...

An evening ride on the A train

## An evening ride on the A train

I was in New York City for a conference recently. I arrived at JFK airport on a Monday evening and took public transportation into the city. I observed the following scene. --- At about 8:30 p.m., a mother and her (roughly) 6-year old twin girls board the train and...

Holding hands at the market

## Holding hands at the market

I take both kids grocery shopping pretty much every weekend, and I have since each was an infant. It's a routine for us in which Mommy gets some quiet time around the house and I get some extended time around town with my little ones. This time of year, the...

Learning to count

## Learning to count

I am fascinated by watching children learn to count. There are many surprising twists and turns kids take along the way. Even more surprising, perhaps, is that what seem like crazy mistakes to us adults are completely sensible attempts at getting it right for kids....