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I’ve always loved numbers. Had I not majored in journalism and creative writing (dual major) in college, I would have taken many more accounting classes. Go figure. (Ha, ha, ha!)

Rafael Nadal racked up some impressive numbers this weekend. He won the Monte Carlo Masters for the 10th time, his 50th clay court title on the men’s professional tennis tour, his 70th title overall for all surfaces that include hard and grass courts — good, clean figures!

In a few weeks my daughter will be seven. My husband and I together or individually have spent every night of her life with her. In other words, she has always been with one or both parents for 2,555 consecutive days and nights. That’s an impressive figure, and one we did not plan, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins live thousands of miles away. At some point, Ellen will be invited to a sleepover. It will be our first night without her and we’ll probably be awake most of the night thinking about her!

Speaking of numbers, late last week Ellen’s teacher made it clear that for second grade, Ellen will need to embrace math as much as she does reading, writing, science and history where she is holding her own.

Yesterday, for Earth Day celebrations, Ellen and three other children brought plants to ministers for a faith service. I worked that number 4 as best I could with addition, subtraction, multiplication, even division! It was fun for a while, but I’m asking my readers for suggestions on how to make kids love math. Let me know and I will share your suggestions in a new post.

It takes a village to raise a child. Thank you, followers of this blog, for joining the team.

koolaidmoms

said:I have one child who loves math and another who would rather scrub toilets than do math. We did all the same things with both children – make recipes and double or triple the ingredients, cut pizzas into 1/2s – 1/4s and 1/8ths, play math games such as dominoes and have them add up the points, have the use the calculator at the store to keep track of the cost of items, and point out math all around you – counting the change in your pockets at night (let her keep it for more fun!), figuring out how long until you go somewhere with a clock or any other little thing you can find. Good luck! My daughter will never LOVE math but at least she tolerates it.

emisensei808

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said:46 FREE Homeschool Math Resources

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said:Over 49 iPad Math Apps for Elementary Students

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