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Volume 4, Number 11

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15 March 1999                                    Vol. 4, No. 11


AMS What's New in Math | Helping Your Child Learn Math |
TV-Free Activities WHAT'S NEW IN MATHEMATICS e-MATH, American Mathematical Society (AMS) Math news directed toward the general public, although mathematicians should find much of interest as well: - a feature column with an archive of past columns - Math in the Media, also with an archive - resources for journalists - resources for high school and college students - of general interest: + summaries of articles on recent developments + reviews of mathematics-related books, movies + mathematics servers for the layperson + selections from AMS publications + online museums and exhibitions + a comprehensive guide to mathematics on the Web, primarily at the university level and beyond + mathematics genealogy project The page is brought to you by the AMS Working Group on Public Awareness of Mathematics, which welcomes your reactions and suggestions. \|/ See also e-Math's MATH DIGEST, short summaries of articles about mathematics in the popular press: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN MATH - Patsy S. Kanter KidSource Online; U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement An online book for parents of K-8 students (5-13 years old), with simple activities that parents can do with children to awaken interest in math and help children learn. The activities require only household items, and are grouped by degree of difficulty and by where the activity takes place (at home, while shopping, or on the go.) They help teach problem solving, computation, chance, understanding number value, estimation, comparison, measurement, the value of money, telling time, organizing and grouping like items, and making graphical representations of real situations: - Math in the Home Games and activities using household items, intended to be fun and inviting and to offer an opportunity for you and your child to communicate about math while investigating relationships. - Mathland: The Grocery Store One of the best examples of a place where math is real. Since trips to the grocery usually affect everyone in the family, the activities include various levels of difficulty. - Math on the Go Projects to try while going from place to place: keep your eyes open for street and building numbers, phone numbers on the sides of taxis and trucks, dates on buildings and monuments, and business names that have numbers in them. Appendices include: Parents and the Schools; What Should I expect from a Math Program?; What We Can Do To Help Our Children Learn; and a bibliography with math for parents, books for children, and magazines and periodicals. \|/ For more, see Houghton Mifflin Company's Math Parent Handbook: A GUIDE TO HELPING YOUR CHILD UNDERSTAND MATHEMATICS -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TV-FREE ACTIVITIES: MATH AND NUMBERS Disney Online, Select the link for MATH AND NUMBERS to find 14 math-related activities for families with young children, reprinted from _365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child_: a year's worth of creative alternatives by Steve and Ruth Bennett. Entertaining approaches are suggested for exploring such topics as: making change; addition; finger math; tricks for learning to memorize long numbers; manipulating digits; multiplication; Roman numerals; finding questions corresponding to answers; costs of items per unit; squaring numbers; and learning the concept of quantity: - Bank On It - Checker Calculator - Chisanbop - Crazy Nines - Every Number Counts - Household Gallup Poll - Letter/Number Add Up - Number Alphabet - Number Hunt - Roman Numerals - Secret Mathematical Formulas - Shopping Math - Square Five - Which Row Has More? Other categories from the book include: Arts and Crafts, Creativity, Fantasy Play, Food Stuff, Group Play, Indoor Play, Memory, Older Kids' Play, Outdoor Play, Household Materials, Science, Tire 'em Out, Toy Making, Words and Language, and Your Time Only. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Internet Resources Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \

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