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Fractions, Division Predict Long-Term Math Success

by on June 25, 2012
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Researchers led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robert Siegler discovered that the understanding of fractions and division is a major source of the achievement gap between U.S. students and other countries, including China, Japan, Finland and others.

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Summer Fun with Four Math Concepts

by on June 21, 2012
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Enjoy these math activities with the whole family – they include variations for older and younger players so everyone gets appropriately challenged. These activities span several core number sense concepts and can help kids stay sharp over the summer.

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How to Praise Your Child and Encourage a Growth Mindset

by on June 14, 2012
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Stanford professor Carol Dweck has discovered that how we praise our children can benefit or detriment their self view. Being mindful about how you praise your child can help your child foster a growth mindset and boost his or her motivation, resilience and learning.

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One Million iOS App Downloads and What’s Next

by on June 13, 2012
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We’re excited to share that parents and teachers have downloaded our math games more than one million times – a milestone we hit thanks to your support! We’re also excited to share a sneak peak of our first game for preschoolers, Motion Math: Hungry Guppy, the prequel to Motion Math: Hungry Fish.

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Fun Multiplication Games For Your Family

by on June 9, 2012
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Many children approach multiplication with dread: there’s many multiplication problems to memorize, and often, students don’t have a solid concept for what multiplying really means. You can play these fun multiplication games with your child to deepen your child’s relationship with multiplication (and enrich your relationship as well!).

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The $8 Billion iPod: Rob Reid

by on June 8, 2012
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“Some dispassionate, quantitative reasoning could really bring a great deal to the debate [on copyright law]” – Rob Reid on Copyright Math™. This fun TED talk shows how you can play with numbers, even in a context like the entertainment industry’s perspective on content theft.

Thus begins humor author and Rhapsody founder’s TED talk on Copyright Math™, which breaks down the numbers from the entertainment industry to examine its perspective of content theft.

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Linking Music and Math: Music-based Math Curriculum Shows Quantitative Results

by on June 7, 2012
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“If students don’t understand fractions early on, they often struggle with algebra and mathematical reasoning later in their schooling,” – Susan Courey, assistant professor of special education at San Francisco State University. A recent study found that kids who learned fractions through a music-based curriculum outperformed peers in traditional math classes.

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3 Subtraction Activities For Family Fun Night

by on June 6, 2012
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When your child is learning, and perhaps struggling with, subtraction, one way you can help is exploring the concept of subtraction as both difference and take away.

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How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction; Part 2

by on June 5, 2012
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Yesterday, How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction, Part One covered subtraction as takeaway, difference, and counting back from (also known as counting down to). Today, we’ll discuss subtraction as regrouping, borrowing or carrying over as well as offer tactics you can use to help your child learn this core arithmetic concept.

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How to Help Your Child Learn Subtraction; Part 1

by on June 4, 2012
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Is your learner struggling with subtraction? One of the reasons subtraction is so challenging is that there are many different ways to think about it. If kids don’t have a strong grounding in number sense and subtraction, advanced math topics and problem solving skills more difficult.

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