Dr. Cotter on Grandparents 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...]

2018 Summer Game #13: On the Number Ten

It is one of those blazing hot, 90º summer days. No one wants to be outside but without air conditioning, inside isn’t much better. My boys’ solution to this dilemma is the nice, cool basement where the computer happens to reside. In my desire to get … [Read more...]

2018 Summer Game #12: Next Number

The great thing about nephews is that they fill some of the room in your heart and in your schedule after your own boys are grown up and away from the nest. The great thing about math games is that they can be played absolutely anytime, … [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...]

2018 Summer Game #10: Short Chain Subtraction

There are many variations of the chain games and our family has played most of them as solitaire games. Nicholas, Chiara, and Ian played Short Chain Subtraction today, game S18 in the Math Card Games book, and had a great time! This variation is a … [Read more...]

2018 Summer Game #9: Difference of Two Squares

As the temperature rises, you may be looking for a non-competitive game. The Difference of Two Squares, game P35 in the Math Card Games book, hits the spot. It's like a puzzle that two people work on together. You will need 20 basic number cards. … [Read more...]