Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MathShapes: Goes Spanish!

We are so thrilled to announce MathShapes: go figure will now be available in Spanish!  The parent's resource guide will translated shortly-stay tuned for dates!

Our mission has always been to help parent's help their children become power math thinkers!!

Thanks to everyone who took time to talk "math" with us at the Successful Innovations Conference.  As per your requests, we are now having our Resource Books translated into Spanish.  Check with us shortly for availability.  Thanks also for your response to our Inservice Day offerings.  We are excited to work with you to present worthwhile sessions for your staff members.  Contact us for a list of topics.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Now that the celebrating has come to a close and we're packing up all the decorations and items for merry making, consider having your child sort them into groups.  These could be grouped by color, or material, or by how we use them, etc. There are numerous possibilities!  Some may find that somethings can fit into more than one category.  That's OK...have fun with it!!!

Sorting is an exercise that is crucial to all grade levels and all topics in math.  It can be as simple as sorting shapes and colors or as complex as sorting types of numbers and equations.  It builds the foundation for many higher level thinking problems.

Come join us at the National Title 1 Conference in Nashville, TN on January 21, 2013.  Stop by the Mathematically Speaking, Inc. booth to chat about standards based materials and staff development opportunities for your district.

For more information about the conference click this link !

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thank you Helen Gym for writing "Reformers, please listen to what parents want for schools"

Helen Gym wrote a beautiful article today about school reforms from a parents point of view!  We love seeing passionate parents find a voice and the energy to engage with schools and administrations and teachers to make the quality of education great!!  And in our hometown of Philadelphia!!  Go Helen go!

Here is a link to the article: CNN Article

CNN Editor's note: Helen Gym is a Philadelphia public school parent and writer and founder of Parents United for Public Education, which seeks classroom-centered investments in education budgets. She is a board member of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, where she contributes online commentary. She helped found the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia Chinatown and was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Citizen of the Year for 2007 for education activism.

Here's what I can tell you about my daughter's education.

I can tell you the name of the history teacher who inspired her this year, the book that she loved and couldn't stop talking about and the topic of the reflective essay she labored to write and rewrite.

I can tell you which teachers gave homework assignments that made some of our family evenings perfectly miserable and the community service projects that had our whole family out cleaning the streets or readying a garden.
I can tell you what it felt like when the principal of a school shrugged her shoulders after I complained my daughter had been pushed down the stairs (we left that school) and what it felt like when the new principal stood outside greeting children by name as they entered every morning.
I can tell you that my mother cried when my youngest daughter's school choir sang "Arirang," a traditional Korean song, and that I loved every squeak and clank of the school orchestra.
I can tell you all of these things because as a parent, the true meaning of a quality school lies in a strong child- and family-centered educational mission that recognizes education as a "process of living" and school life as "real and vital" to our children and families, as American philosopher John Dewey wrote more than half a century ago.

Friday, June 3, 2011

What is the circumference???? Today is National Doughnut Day!

National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a "donut") — an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened. Many American doughnut stores offer free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.

How about you take your kids and measure the circumference of the Donut?  Both the inner and outer rings?  Can they guess which ones weigh more?  Are more dense?

Architect helps kids connect shapes, math

See this article about architecture and teaching math in the Desmoines Register!  Thanks to our fans for alerting us to this!

Above: Students at Oak Park Elementary School got to learn a little about geometry and architecture last week when architect Mel Shivvers, top, brought his program to them. Left: Third-grader Ariel Owens, 9, shows off the structure she made.Above at right: Teontae Dock, 8, displays how he will attach two wood parts. Right: Kyleigh Smith, 8, and Andrew Makey, 9, sit with their finished projects.