Mind Matters: How to Solve Elapsed Time Problems

Heroes, if you’ve ever tried to help your child solve an elapsed time problem for math, you know how difficult that can be. The younger boys and I have tried several different methods with these problems, with varying degrees of success. Watching the video below caused me to do the classic “D’oh!!!” and slap myself […]

4 Simple Ways to Make Math Less Intimidating

Math anxiety is pretty common. In a recent nation-wide survey, it was found that a majority of Americans have difficulty applying math in every-day situations, and nearly one-third of the population would rather clean bathrooms than solve a math problem! On the other hand, nearly all Americans agreed that having good math skills was important […]

Dreambox Learning: Math Made Fun Online

Do you recall when I told you about the DreamBox Video contest? I’ve been learning more about the program and boy howdy is it neat! Dreambox is a learning site that teaches math to children in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Children play games, and the software responds to create an individualized learning path based […]

Dream Big With The DreamBox Video Contest

What do your kids want to be when they grow up? DreamBox Learning, the producers of a K-2 interactive math program, is hosting a video contest (link removed due to expired page). The prize is $1000! 5 winners also get a subscription to DreamBox. To enter, submit a short video (no more than 2 minutes […]

eCybermission – A Contest

I got an interesting new follower on Twitter yesterday…eCybermission. The more I checked out their site, the better it got. eCybermission is a math/science/technology competition sponsored by the US Army. It is open to children in 6th through 9th grades. Teams of 3 or 4 students can compete (all team members must be in the […]

Eureka! We’ve Had a Breakthrough

Thursday we had a lot of errands to run, so we zoomed through school and when it was time to leave, the older boys weren’t finished with their math assignment. Naturally we took the show on the road. As I was driving along, I heard them discussing one of the word problems, and it quickly […]