Go ahead and talk to me

I keep a few older videos of my son on my phone. I like to watch them and compare what he was like a few years ago to how he is today. One of the items that I notice right away is how he talks. Not necessarily how much he talks (although I notice that, too) but the way he pronounced his words. At the time I took the videos, I was completely used to the sound of his toddler talk....more

Why are we all scared of math?

Full disclosure: Math was not my favorite subject in school. But even though I didn't care for math, I still made really great grades in it. To me, math was too finite. If I was writing an essay, I could write my way out of a corner. With math, you were either right or wrong with your answers. And my teachers usually only explained one way to solve the problem, which was hard to follow....more

Mom Math | The Outnumbered Mother Amy Hunter on MomCave LIVE!

Meet  The Outnumbered Mother, Amy Hunter, on this week’s LIVE broadcast. We go live on Thursday 7/23 at 6:30pm EST and talk “mom math.” Don’t worry, there’s no actual math involved. Just a bunch of (probably drunk) moms joking about how they have more children than sense. Tweet us your questions and comments using #MRRMCTV. Our Twitter handles: @MomCaveTV and @OutNumbMother...more

How to teach the multiplication table to mildly reluctant kids

By jove, I think I've got it.Understand: I'd been struggling for a while with my older two (who'd be going into grades 4 and 2 this fall if they had the misfortune of going to school - the third one is too young for this kind of math yet) not really wanting to put in the effort to learn their multiplication table. And I think I found the way. It's sneaky as all get out, but it might just work. So I thought I'd share with you.I'm teaching them their multiplication table by making them do division problems.Told you it was sneaky....more

Adding up the little things

Our dinnertime conversations have become quite formulaic: We talk about the events of our days and if we are close to a weekend, we share any upcoming plans. (If it is slow going, I will tell a fanciful story about my day that features a dragon just to see if anyone is paying attention.) Some nights this goes better than others....more

What Was Wrong With American Math?

I was at dinner with friends the other night, and as conversation with other parents typically does, talk shifted to our kids at the half-way point of the meal.  We discussed their extracurriculars (too many), grades (all good), and then the topic shifted to education....more

Math is My Bully

        “You don’t use this stuff in the real world, why do we gotta learn it?” If I had a nickel for every time I heard that… And if I had a nickel for every time I actually did use multivariate algebra outside of the classroom… Well, what do you think, which of the above two makes me more money? Show all your work. I’ll make it easy on you. It’s the second statement. The truth is, I use multivariate algebra multiple times every day! And guess what, so do you! ...more

There is now a happiness equation

Whenever I used to ask my mother what she wanted for a birthday or Christmas, she would always answer the same thing: "Nothing." If pressed, she would tell me that all she wanted was for us to be happy....more

Divergent Math

Many teens, preteens and an undisclosed number of adults went to see Divergent over the last few weeks. It was the crowning achievement for author Veronica Roth since this was her first book to movie adaptation and congratulations to her! The many teens and pre-teens that flocked to the movie to see Tris on the silver screen now had a visual and audio representation of their beloved story....more
CityofPerks Thanks! Trying to spread the word.more

Everything I Need To Know I Probably Didn't Learn In Third Grade

The other day, my nine-year-old daughter, Grace, sent an email to my husband and I, as well as to her grandparents. Since she is just nine, those are the ONLY people with whom she is allowed to have email contact. Still, she is so enamored with having her own account that we are often treated to her random thoughts for the sake of her being able to send a message. This was one of the most recent:...more