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Word Problem Wednesday: Gobble Gobble!

Nov 23, 2016

Image: "Thanksgiving Turkey" by Ruocaled is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Gobble gobble! It's Word Problem Wednesday AND Thanksgiving Eve, so we're celebrating with a word problem in tribute to the classic Thanksgiving staple. Solve our Turkey Day w...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Bicycle Word Problem!

Nov 16, 2016

Zoom zoom! We're back with another installment of Word Problem Wednesday! Solve our bicycle-themed word problem below and check back tomorrow for the answer! Isabel has a bicycle with wheels that measure 28 inches in diameter. How far will the ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Marbles

Jan 18, 2017

Image: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons We're feeling a bit nostalgic on this Word Problem Wednesday and celebrating one of our favorite classic toys! Try answering our word problem about marbles—we'll update with the sol...



Word Problem Wednesday: Birdfeeders

Feb 22, 2017

Spring is just around the corner.  Flowers will soon be blooming, critters will be stirring from hibernation holes, and birds will be looking for feeders… such “peckish” little creatures!   See if you can solve this week’s bird feeder word prob...



Word Problem Wednesday: Jack & The Beanstalk

Mar 1, 2017

Fee-fi-fo-fum, we smell mathematical proportion fun! A fairytale favorite is the inspiration for today's Word Problem Wednesday.  See if you can solve this teaser and check back tomorrow for the answer. Jack casts an 8' shadow.  If Jack is 5...



Word Problem Wednesday: Knit Hats

Mar 8, 2017

Did you know that the largest knitted hat in the world is 66 feet in circumference and nearly 57 feet tall?  (Industrias Textiles de Sudamerica - Lima, Peru, 26 April 2015)   It’s a good thing most hats are head-size or this week’s Word Problem...



Word Problem Wednesday: Dollars and Sense

Oct 5, 2020

  Money is an important part of everyday life, and it just makes sense to know the function of dollars and cents. This week’s word problems focus on understanding value and calculating purchases. Read the problems below and choose the one th...



Word Problem Wednesday: Pleasant Pastimes

Nov 25, 2020

There are so many fun ways to pass our time. And whether we’re fishing, visiting theme parks or jet skiing, there are always opportunities to put math into the mix. This week’s word problems will help your child think critically and...



Word Problem Wednesday: Fractional Reasoning

Dec 16, 2020

When you take a whole item and break it into equal parts, what you get is one — or more — of those equal parts; these are known as fractions. This may sound very math-y and complicated, but each of us works with fractions all the time ...



Math Tips for Parents, K-5: Introduction and Counting

Jan 20, 2021

  Parents often ask us what they can do to help their children understand, master, and love math. Well, this happens to be right up our alley. In fact, it’s our mission! Our team of master educators has put together some fundamental...



Reversing Math Loss for the “COVID” Generation

Feb 3, 2021

It goes without saying that the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives — from the way we live, to how we interact, to the way we work and play. And as most parents of school-aged kids are well aware, it has also greatly impacted our ...



Ask Larry: Math and the Left-Brained Misconception

Mar 24, 2021

Larry Martinek, Mathnasium Co-Founder, and Principal Education Officer is a beloved educator, teacher trainer, and curriculum consultant. And together with our expert team, he has spent years refining the most powerful teaching methods and materia...



New Year’s Resolutions and the Five Aspects of Math Wellness

Jan 3, 2022

With the start of the new year, there is always an opportunity to start fresh. So we have a few suggestions that can help you and your child navigate the next 365 days for overall “math wellness” and success.              Making great choices f...



Celebrating LEGO Day!

Feb 13, 2022

You might know LEGO® bricks as the fun, colorful building blocks kids use to reconstruct the world, but did you know they also make great mathematical teaching tools? The near-infinite uses of LEGO bricks allow for near-infinite hands-on ways to s...



Pi Day March 2022

Mar 13, 2022

  It’s our favorite time of year again! March 14 marks another math holiday to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π), reminding us that math is fun and applicable outside the math classroom. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s cir...



Make Summer Math Part of Your Summer Fun

Jun 9, 2022

  Summer is the time for road trips, days at the beach and … math? That’s right! It’s important for students to make math a part of their summer so they don’t lose what they’ve learned during the school year. On average, children lose 2...



Summer Math Activity: BINGO Game

Jun 9, 2022

    June 1st marks the unofficial start of summer, and we are here for it! Regardless of your plans, we have a fun and simple way to turn your child’s summer into a math game with a fan favorite: BINGO! Encourage your child to follow...



7 Reasons to Seek Math Help as Soon as School Starts

Aug 25, 2022

  Students often need more individual attention than their school can provide. It’s a widely known fact that strong math skills are vital for success in high school, college, and beyond. Unfortunately, this hard truth causes an u...



5 Traits of an Excellent Math Tutor

Oct 5, 2022

  What to look for to ensure your child gets the math help they need. The decision to seek out a math tutor comes for a variety of reasons. Your child is behind in their math class and needs to catch up. Or they’re doing okay in class but yo...



IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING IN MATH?

Nov 24, 2022

  If you’re wondering how your child is doing in math, you can start by asking them directly. This lets them know that their math progress is important to you, and it may begin a conversation that they didn’t know how to start. But even i...


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