# Tabitha

Dots!

## Dots!

The New York Times published an article about Common Core homework this week. As is going to be the case with a news article (in contrast to say, a post on a blog dedicated to children's mathematical ideas), one can't really learn any mathematics from the...

Nights of Camping

## Nights of Camping

The following conversation took place in the run-up to our annual summer camping trip recently. Rachel has no interest in camping, so this ritual is all mine. I started the little ones young with a one-night trip within an hour from home so that we could come home...

What makes a sandwich

## What makes a sandwich

The 3-year old daughter of fellow Minnesotan, fellow math teacher and friend Megan Schmidt made the following proclamation a couple weeks back. It takes three things to make a sandwich #Tmwyk— Megan Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) May 23, 2014 This simple...

Counting grapes

## Counting grapes

I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but one of my proudest achievements has been watching a "Talking Math with Your Kids" hashtag (#tmwyk) blossom on Twitter in the past few months. Now, on a nearly daily basis I (and you, if you join us over there) get...

The equal sign

## The equal sign

It has been a long, busy semester for me in my community college work. Many interesting and productive projects, lots of interesting and challenging teaching problems. But I am tired. Wiped out and exhausted. So I devised a plan the other evening when Tabitha...

[Product review] Leap Pad Paint Bucket

## [Product review] Leap Pad Paint Bucket

Tabitha's neighbor friend has a Leap Pad. Naturally it became a much hoped-for Christmas gift. She did receive one and has spent quite a bit of time with it. I have no interest in reviewing the thing itself (although I will give you a heads-up that apps on this...

More patterns on the multiplication machine

## More patterns on the multiplication machine

When we left off last week, I had challenged Tabitha to find a pattern on the multiplication machine so that there would be the same number of buttons up as down. This challenge followed up on her sophisticated argument that her down-up-down-up pattern yielded more...

Playlists

## Playlists

Parenting is a tremendous amount of work. Within that work are beautiful moments of love and joy. For Tabitha and me, these moments often involve music. We had an impromptu dance party in the kitchen the other night that began with my putting on some music to do...