When we talk about math, it seems that many people have a lot of preconceived notions about this subject. I know I did. I thought math ability and understanding was inherited, and I was, sadly, missing that gene. I didn’t know that:
1. Math is a subject that everyone can learn, and can improve in their understanding.
2. There is more than one way to solve a problem.
3. I can learn math!
4. There are better ways to teach math.
My first grandchild was just born. I want his parents to know that telling stories is important. I want them to know that doing puzzles, posing open ended problems and making mistakes in solving problems is important. My grandson should love building and playing with things like: blocks, shapes, puzzles, lego, K’nex, Playmobile, dice, checkers, magic squares, and mazes.
I want him to learn to tie knots. I want him to learn the beauty of math and to understand the threeness of three! I want him to know that the equal sign is a balancing symbol, with both sides of the sign being equal, but not the same.
Have a look at these sites. They are not mine, and I am not affiliated with any of them. But, it is a good way for you to look at math problems for your children.
Math Bed Time Story: This site has a practical world story, with two levels of math problems to work at as you go to sleep.
Weekly Math problems from the National Council of Teachers of Math
GAINS: Excellent units of math for students who are struggling with number sense (10-14 years old) (Ontario, Canada). This site is especially good for teachers who are dedicated to improving their teaching strategies in math, as well as language, ELL, and differentiated instruction.