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...

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....