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Monday, April 17, 2017

Bring on the Mathematicians!

Welcome to Week 2 of exploring our fantastic new science kit collection!  Math?  What does math have to do with science?  You are kidding, right?  Math, science and technology are totally linked together.  It is so important that children develop a strong sense of numbers so they are successful in learning math concepts.  Let's face it, math has changed a lot since the days we learned it in school.  Common Core has students learning a lot more strategies to help them solve math problems but the basic concept of knowing your basic math facts automatically has not changed much.  To help them learn these skills we developed several math kits to practice math skills in a fun way.

Multiplication and division can be a hard concept for some children.  Our kit offers many ways to practice those skills with some resources to show step-by-step methods including how to use arrays to help solve problems.  The games are fun for the whole family (I know it helps me remember my facts!).

Money, money, money!  It's such an importance life skill to learn how to count money and to budget money.  We have a kit to help with coin recognition, practice counting money and even a book on the history of money.  Did you know that back in Ben Franklin's day, money was made out of cloth?  Back then if money was torn, they fixed it with a needle and thread. 

Another  life skills is telling time.  Practice telling time by matching the digital time to the analog time.  Use the Time Discovery Can to help practice those skills by drawing on clock faces, using a Judy clock and using dice as a fun way to practice time. 

Geometry is in the house with Tangrams.  A tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which you put together to form various shapes.  The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape by only being given an outline or silhouette using all seven pieces.  But watch out because the pieces cannot overlap.  It is reported to have been invented in China.  Read Grandfather Tang's Story and try to make the shapes in the book.

We also have math kits for addition/subtraction as well as fractions so please check those kits out as well. If you read closely, I gave you a hint about what next week's blog topic.  So for now, I leave you with this mathematical life thought:

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