One of the best ways we can help our children learn mathematics (or anything else) is to always be learning ourselves.
Here are a few stories to read with your morning coffee this week:
- Dan Finkel and Katherine Cook explain How to help your kids fall in love with math. For parents of preschool and elementary children (but the principles are universal). You might also enjoy Math Conversations at Home.
“The happy truth about doing math with your kids is that it’s way more fun than you’re expecting it to be. It’s not about right answers, and it’s not about speed. It’s about playing, counting, building, sorting, and studying the wonderful, colorful world around us.”
—Dan Finkel and Katherine Cook
How to help your kids fall in love with math: a guide for grown-ups
- Ivars Peterson is sharing A Mathematical Space Odyssey on his blog. What a delightful journey!
- Kate Snow tackles the frequently asked question How Do I Fill in Homeschool Math Gaps?
- Kent Haines lists The Three Best Math Questions to Ask Your Kids. Great advice!
- Sara VanDerWerf narrows it down further in What is the most important question you should ask in mathematics? It’s a long, rambling, thought-provoking post — and if you teach math, it’s well worth your time!
“I know for a lot of my career, for most questions I asked in the classroom, I was listening for the answers I wanted to hear, and as soon as I heard them I would move on. I had to change how I questioned students and ask about ideas and not answers. Then I had to listen to students and not for the answers.”
What is the most important question you should ask in mathematics?