# Number Sense Blog

### 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...

### Getting Past Counting on Fingers and Toes

Jan 17, 2017

When very young children first learn how to count, they use their fingers as manipulatives (physical objects used to teach math concepts).

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### How to Calculate and Convert Metric System Units of Measure

Oct 14, 2016

Did you know that every year, the week of October 10 is National Metric Week? There are many great reasons to recognize and celebrate the metric...

### STEM In Action: How Scientists Use Math in Space

Jun 7, 2016

(Are you a "space ace"? Scientists use math to learn about space ALL the time. They use math to get to space, they use math in space, they use...

### Exercises to Improve Beginner Math Skills: Counting and Grouping

Apr 26, 2016

Many times, when students of all ages come to Mathnasium in need of math help, their math troubles can be traced back to a lack of number...

### Mathing With Your Kids: Math Monsters!

Jan 21, 2016

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If there's one thing we love, it's a good math craft... especially when it doubles as a manipulative! Jennifer Schorr's...

### Mathing With Your Kids: Compass Circle Art!

Dec 28, 2015

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We're always looking for fun ways to "math" with our kids—especially considering all the downtime during winter...

### Legos: An Excellent Math Manipulative

Dec 15, 2015

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At Mathnasium, we're all about making math make sense to kids. That said, bringing out manipulatives—physical objects used as...

### Mental Math: From Fahrenheit to Celsius... and Back!

Dec 8, 2015

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Winter break is almost here! If you're spending the holiday season traveling outside the United States, or visiting the...

### Operation Mathlete Episode 05: "Proportional Thinking Challenge"

Apr 28, 2015

Sky, Shana, and Max have been hard at work learning about proportional thinking, and now it's time to see their hard work pay off! In the...

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### Favorites

Bedtime Math: http://bedtimemath.org/

National PTA: http://www.pta.org/

NCTM: http://www.nctm.org/

Numberphile: http://www.numberphile.com/

PTO Today: http://www.ptotoday.com/

STEM Connector: http://blog.stemconnector.org/

Before I came to Mathnasium, I could sum up everything I felt about math in one word: 'EVIL!' I hated math. ... Mathnasium has been my safe haven. They truly have shown me the light when it came to addressing my fear and provided me with the tools that I need to rebuild my prior knowledge so that I won't forget it. Math is no longer a subject I shy away from but it is a subject I can boldly accept and understand.

Roxanne, 12th grade