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...]

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...]

2018 Summer Game #7: Card Exchange

If you have ever played the card game Pit, you will know the boisterous fun in store when playing this next game, Card Exchange, game P27 in the Math Card Games book. If you have not had the pleasure, just picture the comedic chaos of the Stock … [Read more...]

2018 Summer Game #4: Lowest in the Corners

We played this game, Lowest in the Corners, game P18 in the Math Card Games book, with four people ages 9 to adult. At first, I thought it may be difficult for Peter, the 9-year-old, but he had no problem catching on after we played an open-handed … [Read more...]

2017 Summer Game #20: Find the Two Factors

Are you gearing up to start school? Or have you already started? We just started school last week. Amid the hubbub of getting used to new classes and new schedules, we are doing a bit of review and preparation for learning some wonderful things this … [Read more...]

2017 Summer Game #17: Remainders Game

Summertime here in Texas means VBS. For those that may not know, VBS stands for Vacation Bible School. My children are too old to attend, so we help with the program. This year, I was the decorations coordinator. I find it a demanding position … [Read more...]