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You Are a Great Math Teacher0
You Are a Great Math Teacher
Published: September 11, 2014 | 5 minute read

What is the essential ingredient in successfully teaching your child mathematics? Special knowledge of the subject? An advanced degree? Tremendous facility in mathematical calculations? Not really any of the above. In fact, often parents are far better teachers for their young children than someone else with great knowledge of math. Parents are more likely to begin at the beginning. They teach one step at a time. They keep it simple and clear.

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Summer Adventures0
Summer Adventures
Published: July 1, 2014 | 3 minute read

Summer is a time to explore, create, dream, and read. When I plan our summer program, I set specific daily goals, yet keep the schedule flexible enough for my children’s spontaneous curiosity to prevail. One morning as I prepared breakfast my girls discovered an ant nest. The rest of the morning was spent making an ant farm and studying ants. The girls drew pictures and wrote journal entries about the ants and their behavior.

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Why do we stop at 12 x 12 when we teach kids multiplication?0
Why do we stop at 12 x 12 when we teach kids multiplication?
Published: April 16, 2014 | 2 minute read

In India, people are known to be very skilled in mathematics. The idea of “zero” was first conceived by an Indian mathematician “Aryabhatta”. Indian people have dominated the world of commerce for centuries in the west of India. A few years ago one of my colleagues told me a story about an Indian teenager who came to the United States. In the math class, the multiplication of two digit numbers had been taught.

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New programs help teach kids to code0
New programs help teach kids to code
Published: April 10, 2014 | 2 minute read

Since the late 1970s, The International School has taught kids to code at the K-8 grade level. Back in those days the Apple II, a monochrome screen, and the Logo programming language were the tools of choice. Kids enjoy learning computer science and today our computer science course is a part of our core curriculum for all children in K-8 grade. It is great to see new organizations and tools being created to help teachers, parents and schools.

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