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Writes and Wrongs #13: Supporting Math Curriculum That Scares You

I’ve discussed my math history in past posts and explained the importance of math sense .  Many of us adults can do steps without ever knowing how or why we … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Musings #35: The True Story of Santa (#ibelieveinsanta)

Seven. That’s the age I knew, through evidence analysis, that Santa wasn’t real in a singular way.   I let go of a lot of things, but that pipe-smoking, jolly, old … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

What’s Up Doc #19: Hello. Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Hello, people! I know that the blog has been hibernating for the most part, but I thought I would give you an update. What the hell have you been doing? … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Yeah Write #42: Puppy Love (Super Challenge Non-Fiction Essay Round 1) #amwriting

At only two years old, my daughter told us with a confident nod, “I want a doggie.” How adorable!   How sweet! Five years later, the statement has turned from cute … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · 11 Comments

Musings #33: Where is the Whimsy in Our Boys?

My daughter’s school is celebrating the last week  with a different dress theme every day.   This morning my silly girl happily put on a Hawaiian shirt,  big clip-on flowers in … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

Picture This Picture That #40: Because She Plays #likeagirl

May 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Article #14: How To Teach Children To Ride A Bike in Five Steps Without Tears and Concussions

In honor of my four year old son learning to ride his two wheeled bike today, I would like to share with you how you can teach children to ride … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 · 5 Comments

What’s Up Doc #17: Chores and Bikes

I am still alive despite the cobwebs all up in here! My husband was out of state for a week, we spent four days painting gazebo fencing by hand, I’ve … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Yeah Write #37: Missing the Bus (#nonfiction)

When I was in sixth grade, I had an opportunity to attend a special fall program at another school.  It would have required me to take the bus once a … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 7 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #11: Subtraction Without Borrowing – Partial Differences (Negatives and Positives)

I hated math in school.  It gave me a lot of stress and anxiety.     Dear Mrs. Morris (my first grade teacher) wrote on one of my official assessments that I … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #10: Subtraction Without Borrowing – The Nines Plus 1 (Number Sense)

My mother-in-law wanted my husband to hang up a picture.  When she couldn’t find the hammer she brought a ping-pong paddle.   We all laughed.   After a time searching, she produced … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #9: New Math Reassurance for the Parents 2 (Number Sense)

Mr. McNamarra was my seventh grade pre-Algebra teacher.   On the first day of class he went to the blackboard and wrote “3” with white chalk.    He asked us … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mad Craft #9: DIY Digit Manipulatives with Counting Angles

Are you cheap thrifty like moi?  Want math manipulatives, but can’t bring yourself to spend your bottle-return money on teaching cards you may only use for a few months?  Can’t … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Writes and Wrongs #8: New Math Reassurance For the Parents (Why We Need Hows and Whys)

Let’s face it.  If you are reading this,  you are probably old.   That’s not a bad thing.   We are experienced and wise in the ways of the world.    Experience is … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

Writes and Wrongs #7: Subtraction (Regrouping / Decomposition / Borrowing) For the Parents

I am not a math genius.   I am quite average in skill.  I know this series started with writing, but I figured why not share some basic math skills.    … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

That’s Totally Random #19: Stupid Common Core Memes and Videos (Part 2)

I guess this video got under my skin more than usual (see part 1), so I decided to explain why it is important to be able to understand why this … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

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