15 March 1999 Vol. 4, No. 11
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
AMS What's New in Math  Helping Your Child Learn Math  TVFree Activities
WHAT'S NEW IN MATHEMATICS
eMATH, American Mathematical Society (AMS)
http://www.ams.org/newinmath/
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 mathematicsrelated 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.
http://www.ams.org/newinmath/wgpam.html
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See also eMath's MATH DIGEST, short summaries of articles
about mathematics in the popular press:
http://www.ams.org/index/newinmath/mathdigest/
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HELPING YOUR CHILD LEARN MATH  Patsy S. Kanter
KidSource Online; U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/Content/learnmath_index.html
An online book for parents of K8 students (513 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
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/Learnmath5.html
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
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/Learnmath6.html
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
http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/Learnmath7.html
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.
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For more, see Houghton Mifflin Company's Math Parent Handbook:
A GUIDE TO HELPING YOUR CHILD UNDERSTAND MATHEMATICS
http://www.eduplace.com/math/res/parentbk/
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TVFREE ACTIVITIES: MATH AND NUMBERS
Disney Online, Family.com
http://family.go.com/Categories/Activities/Features/family_0401_02/dony/donytv_index/
Select the link for MATH AND NUMBERS to find 14 mathrelated
activities for families with young children, reprinted from
_365 TVFree 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.
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