2020 Summer Game #17: Concentrating on One

Well! We had a super windy week up here in North Dakota. I picked up tree branches, twigs, and leaves from my lawn every day. I’d have it all cleaned up, then I’d look out the window again and it looked just as bad. Some friends took their camper 45 … [Read more...]

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...]

Winter Games: Sum Building

Are you looking for a game that practices addition facts and uses strategy skills? We have just the game for you! Sum Building, game A70 in the the Math Card Games book, is quite a fun puzzler. It uses the Basic Number cards and is appropriately … [Read more...]

Dr. Cotter on Development

The terms development or developmentally appropriate are frequently used, but finding good definitions is difficult. A dictionary defines develop as growing and becoming more mature or advanced. We see physical development in the young child. We know … [Read more...]

Dr. Cotter on Problem Solving

A few years ago while on a shuttle to speak on math at a convention, I started talking to a young man next to me. When he found out I was involved in math, he said he could solve story problems as long as someone told him what operation to use. The … [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...]