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## 1. Math Mammoth newsFeedback from Greece! 😄When our second daughter was in the fourth grade, we realized that she was not receiving good math lessons at school. So, I contacted my sister that was homeschooling her kids, and she recommended the Blue Series. We got on board and started from the third grade. We liked the material so much that all of our four kids studied the whole series. We believe that we should give our best for our kids to have all options in their future available, and we understood that if they would fail understanding math in early years, a lot of the options would be out of reach later on. |

## 2. A misconception about fraction multiplicationHere you see a fairly common misconception concerning how to multiply a fraction and a whole number. How would you help a child or a student with this error?Here are comments from some of my FB followers. Think for a bit though, before you read on! Maybe ask how many wholes did you start with and how many did you end up with? Did the answer make sense? If they multiply they should have some wholes. (Maybe think of whole pies) One of my kiddos is a very auditory learner. When she made mistakes like this with fractions, I would say things like: We have little foam circle fraction pieces from Dollar Tree, I'd probably set out a big pile of fraction pieces and say "Show me 2/3". And after they'd put out two thirds on the table and showed me then I'd say, "Okay, now show me that four times." And then we'd count up how many thirds we had altogether (8/3), and smoosh them together into two whole circles and a remainder of two thirds. I would go back to multiplication as repeated addition and have the student write out 4 groups if 2/3 and possibly color on a model. The 4 can't come play until he is in fraction form. So he must change into 4/1 before he is invited. Maria: I personally would use pie images, or some visual models, and either draw or use physical manipulatives. I would make two thirds, and ask the child to draw/make that four times (four copies of it).This is how this topic is taught in Mammoth Introduction to Fractions and Mammoth Grade 4: |

## 3. Something for kindergartenNew at Math Mammoth Practice Zone: Sort by color, shape, or length — an online game for preschool & kindergartenAlso, our Mystery picture subtraction game is updated so that now, the number range can be very small, such as from 0-6, suitable for kindergarten. (Naturally, you can use much larger numbers in this game, if you'd like, so this game is suitable for up to 4th grade math.) |

## 4. Secret codes and basic algebraIf you have students/children studying algebra or nearby, they might enjoy reading about this real-life application of simple algebra:The Basic Algebra Behind Secret Codes and Space Communication QUOTE: Whether you’re passing secret notes in class or downloading images from a space probe, Reed-Solomon codes offer an ingenious way to embed information and correct for errors. |

## 4. The interactive multiplication courseMy interactive multiplication course at TinyTap is now COMPLETE with all tables, up to the 12 times table!You will get access to 20 interactive lessons that contain videos and interactive exercises. Some lessons focus on a particular multiplication table, while others are for reinforcing earlier concepts and skills. The lessons contain not only simple practice, but also word problems, puzzles, and other types of multiplication exercises. The price for this NEW YEAR is $11.99 (expected to go up so act now!). See an example lesson: The Multiplication Table of 5 |

## 5. Mamut MatematicasThese three books have been updated at MamutMatematicas.com:(Estos tres libros han sido actualizados en mi pagina www.mamutmatematicas.com:) If you have purchased any of these books in the past (digital version, since 2016), you can generate a new download link on this page: https://www.mamutmatematicas.com/link-descargo/ Además, la página Mamut ahora contiene algunas actividades y juegos en línea: |

## 6. Just for fun!- Wow, spring is just around the corner!
- I have always wanted a pure bread horse
- When you apply for a job you're not qualified for, but get the job anyway
- When kids learn to read
- Pianists after vacuuming
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