2020 Summer Game #2: Drawing Tools and Equilateral Triangles

Are you enjoying your summer? Playing some card games? We have this year’s games coming at you week by week and all of last years’ games available for you and your children to practice math skills. And did you like last week's activities with the ... Read More

2020 Summer Game #1: Math Balance Addition

So how’s your summer so far? It’s been great up here in Hazelton, North Dakota. The days are getting long – almost 17 hours of official sunlight! First light is at 5:11 am and last light is 10:07 pm, so it’s even longer when you’re outside and ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Helping Teach Math

The best way a grandparent, family member, or friend can help a child with math is valuing math and showing a positive attitude. Sadly, about 50% of Americans are afflicted with a strong distaste for math. Unfortunately, developing math anxiety ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Fractions

Fractions have a bad reputation in the world of arithmetic as being incomprehensible and unpredictable. Cartoons exploit this fear of fractions for amusement. Believe or not, it’s all a huge misunderstanding. Fractions are necessary and amazing. They ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Division

Long division used to be considered the ultimate goal of arithmetic. An earlier division algorithm was so complicated it wasn’t taught until college. Even today some students learn a mnemonic in order to remember what to do next. One example is DMSB ... Read More

Dr. Cotter on Multiplication

Multiplication has been the mathematical downfall of many children, not so much because of the algorithms, but memorizing the 100 facts. Before expecting the child to learn the facts, we need to teach the meaning of multiplication. Describing it as ... Read More