Teaching Philosophy

Books can be used to help teach multiple concepts for several different age groups, depending on what your child needs. To show this adaptability of books, several teachers from around the country share how they use Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes in their own classrooms to support learners of different ages.

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Importance of Math Games

August 16, 2018

Photo by WoodenEarth.com Math games are not just fun to play, they can also be a highly effective way to help your child, with a long list of benefits. Kids respond to learning when engaged, challenged, and enjoying their tasks. There is quite a difference when kids are active participants! Games create a context for […]

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Understanding STEAM

June 30, 2018

What is STEAM? Why is it important? You may have heard of STEM, a way of teaching that uses the relationship between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as a way to promote learning and innovation in the classroom. However, a big part of innovation was missing from that equation—art and design—and so, STEAM was born. […]

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As parents, you may have noticed less emphasis on algorithms and memorization in mathematics and more emphasis on “sense-making” since the time when we were kids in elementary school. A big piece of this process is using manipulatives– toys that are used as teaching tools to engage students in the hands-on learning of math– in the classroom.   […]

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Making good choices about children’s literature is key to the value of incorporating stories into mathematics learning. An appropriate story can be used to support the introduction or further development of a concept, to outline a problem to be solved, and/or to consolidate learning. This is because a problem-solving context is much more convincing when […]

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Children love stories. Parents and teachers can take advantage of this by using literature as a vehicle for teaching math and consolidating understanding. Children’s literature can highlight concepts, act as a springboard to new math learning, stimulate discussion, or provide alternate explanations of a concept. It can make mathematical concepts more accessible, as it puts […]

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