2020 Summer Game #11: Rounding War

It’s August. Mid-August, if you’re rounding. If you round up, it’s September! It’s the beginning of school!! I know there are few of you starting school already. Some of you are waiting until it’s really September. But no matter how you look at it, … [Read more...]

2020 Summer Game #9: Long Chain Solitaire

As I was contemplating games for this week, I tossed around a couple ideas. Not able to make up my mind, I asked Dr. Cotter which game was her favorite. Without hesitation, she said, “Long Chain Solitaire”. I told her we’d played Short Chain … [Read more...]

2019 Summer Game #12: Fish at the Dump

When I started using RightStart Math and we’d play the game Go to The Dump, game A3 in the Math Card Games book, I apparently didn’t read the directions well and have come to realize we were really playing Fish at The Dump, game A5 in the Math Card … [Read more...]

Dr. Cotter on RightStart and Montessori

Most people have heard of Montessori, but often they are not sure what it’s all about. The word Montessori refers both to a person, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician and educator, and the Montessori method of education she … [Read more...]

Dr. Cotter on Manipulatives

Are manipulatives necessary for teaching math? What is their purpose? Are some manipulatives better than others? These are important questions to consider when teaching math to a child. A concrete manipulative is a physical object that a child … [Read more...]

2018 Summer Game #11: Robbie’s Bead Trading

My oldest child, Robbie, wants to be a game inventor when he grows up. He’s invented quite a few games, but the majority of them aren’t really math games. They’re heavy on health and damage stats, power-ups, and battles between different cards.... … [Read more...]