The Talking Stick Blog

News, Updates, Program Recaps, and Homeschooling Information

PROVING STUFF: Mathematical Thinking with Five-Year-Olds, 3.0

CLOCK JUMPING – SELF-DOUBT, LOOKING FOR PATTERNS (April 1, 2014) Things started out smoothly enough.  The clock was taped to the floor, and the kids were ready to jump on it.  Will you land on every number if you count by four?  They did this without me, and added a new approach:  everyone started on a different number, and half…

Read More→

OPPOSITES: Mathematical Thinking for Five-Year-Olds, 2.0

COUNTING STRATEGIES   (March 25, 2014)  We started out on the floor counting pennies.  “I want to buy a piece of candy – a Swedish fish.  It costs 10 cents. Do I have enough?”  The pennies were arranged in a particular way.1 The students counted, with various results.  “Is there more than one way to count them?” “No!” announced everyone…

Read More→

Logic Session #5: The Jabberwock and the Converser

The Jabberwock and the Converser “’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe” So begins Dodgson/Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky.  I read it aloud without introduction as the students colored their own Jabberwock puppets.  The coloring focused students’ attention, as they were, as usual, excited about the impending puppet use.  They commented on the poem: “That doesn’t…

Read More→

Logic Session #4: The Kids Take Over

The Kids Take Over (February 5, 2013)  What would you do if you were settled around the table with your students, about to engage in a civilized discussion about math history, when suddenly the students started chanting in loud rhythmic unison “Puppets!  Puppets!  Puppets!”? That’s exactly what happened in our Math Circle this week.    First, the kids introduced themselves to…

Read More→