# Number Sense Blog

### Word Problem Wednesday: How Much … How Many?

Nov 11, 2020

“How many clothes can I fit into my suitcase?” “How far can we get on a litre of gas?” These are the types of questions we ask ourselves all the time, but may not realize that we can arrive at the answers by using math! This week’s word probl...

### 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 fine-tune...

### Word Problem Wednesday: How Much … How Many? (Part Deux)

Nov 18, 2020

Last week, our word problems gave kids such great practice in figuring out “how much or how many” of a given thing, we decided to go another round! This week’s problems help answer practical questions such as “How much food do we need to b...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Birthday Bonanza

Dec 2, 2020

Cake, decorations, family, and friends — who doesn’t love a good birthday celebration? Every 365 days, each one of us gets the opportunity to celebrate another trip around the sun. And whether we’re counting candles or figuring out how long it w...

### 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 and may...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mathematical Mixed Bag lll

Dec 9, 2020

The great thing about word problems is that they help us understand the world around us. This week we have another “mathematical mixed bag” of questions ranging from flowers in a garden to kitten sleeps. So look below and choose the proble...

### Great Gifts for Math Lovers 2020

Dec 1, 2020

Does someone on your “nice list” love math? Well, have no fear: Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide will help you find that perfect gift for the math-y people in your life! Companies large and small (Amazon, O Magazine, The New York Times —to name...

### Word Problem Wednesday: It’s A Wild World Out There

Dec 23, 2020

Animals in the wild are amazing! Whether it’s a sea turtle, a blue whale, a giant panda, or a lemur, they pique our interest and capture our hearts with their unique and untamed ways. This week’s word problems focus on these fascinating cr...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mathematical Mixed Bag IV

Dec 30, 2020

We feel like we can never have enough examples of math in real-world situations. They help keep skills sharp and make sure that we can handle whatever comes our way. This week’s word problems do just that in what we call a “mathematical mixed bag....

### The History of Mathnasium

Jan 13, 2021

When starting a new year, it’s always good to look to the past, appreciate what has happened, and focus on what lies ahead. Today we’re going back to the beginning of Mathnasium and invite you to take the quick journey with us! In the 1990...

### Number Sense Is the Key to Success in Math!

Jan 2, 2021

Regardless of age or skill level, there are almost always gaps in a child’s foundational understanding that, if addressed, would boost their success in math. When we give assessments to children in our math learning centres, we see that a hig...

### 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 tips and st...

### Math Tips for Grades 6 and Up: Introduction, Zero, and One

Jan 27, 2021

Last week, we introduced our Math Tips series to parents with kids in grades K-5 in hopes of helping foster an understanding, mastering, and love of math in the home. This week, we’re continuing this effort for parents with older kids. The...

### 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...

### Valentine's Day Kids Math Help Activity

Feb 4, 2020

Valentine’s Day is all about finding opportunities to express our love and appreciation for the people and things that have a positive impact on our lives. At Mathnasium, of course this includes the subject of math itself! We have seen firsth...

### Math Is More Than Numbers

Jan 8, 2018

Using Math to Improve Important Life Skills On the surface, math may seem like it’s all about numbers and formulas. However, this versatile subject is about much more than just counting, adding, and subtracting. Discover why math is more t...

### Activity Alert: The Rule of Three

Feb 24, 2021

Have you ever heard of “the rule of three” (in Latin, “omne trium perfectum”)?  It’s a writing principle suggesting that things coming in threes are inherently more satisfying and useful than those that come in other number sets. And that’s c...

### Prodigious Pi (Activity)

Mar 1, 2021

Why do we make such a big deal out of pi? Because pi is a big deal. This irrational number that begins with 3.14 and goes on forever helps us understand so much about our universe. We first learn about pi when measuring circles, but pi is als...

### Mathnasium Beliefs

Mar 10, 2021

Since our first learning centre opened in California in the spring of 2002, we have grown to more than 1,000 Mathnasium Learning Centres worldwide. We are humbled and incredibly grateful that, with each centre we open, we profoundly impact th...

### 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 ma...

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