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Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Plan Like a Unicorn: Summer Math Strategy Spectacular–Sun 6/6 @ 11 am eastern (FREE and virtual)

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Has the last year of math been, shall we say, a bit of a nightmare?   

Do you wish summer math could be…magical, meaningful and joyful?

But how can you plan for summer math learning, when everything is constantly changing?

When you might feel like your child just got shafted out of a year and a half of math education?

When you might feel completely, utterly at a loss of how to help your child, after exhausting yourself, trying everything, during the pandemic?

That’s why I am going to share the secrets of how to plan like a unicorn.

And you’re invited!

WHAT: PLAN LIKE A UNICORN: SUMMER MATH STRATEGY SPECTACULAR

WHEN: Sunday, June 6th

@ 11 am-12 noon eastern 

WHO:  2nd-4th graders and their parents

WHERE: On zoom!

COST: FREE!


During our Summer Math Strategy Spectacular, you will: 

• Be guided through an interactive self-assessment process

• To create your own customized summer math learning plan that your child will actually embrace

• While discovering ways to make summer math effective and enjoyable!

• Plus, hone your math magic with us, 

practicing problems of your choice that you submit in advance.

 And, learn from each other, as students take turns 

getting one-on-one magical math guidance in front of the group

 all sprinkled with stories, songs, joyful movement, and meaningful interaction.

You will be on your way to having a new, better, DIFFERENT experience of math this summer—unicorn style. 

Put your best dress-up outfit, bring a scrumptious snack, and grab your most magical pencil!  I can’t wait to see you there!

Join us from WHEREVER you are — it’s on zoom!

I can’t wait to share this with you!

Sending you love,

REBECCA, the magical math unicorn

PS. Do you know someone you think might want to come to our party? Invite them to join us, too!

Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Plan like a unicorn: summer math strategy spectacular — Wed 6/2 @ 5 pm eastern (FREE and virtual)

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Has the last year of math been, shall we say, a bit of a nightmare?   

Do you wish summer math could be…magical, meaningful and joyful?

But how can you plan for summer math learning, when everything is constantly changing?

When you might feel like your child just got shafted out of a year and a half of math education?

When you might feel completely, utterly at a loss of how to help your child, after exhausting yourself, trying everything, during the pandemic?

That’s why I am going to share the secrets of how to plan like a unicorn.

And you’re invited!

WHAT: PLAN LIKE A UNICORN: SUMMER MATH STRATEGY SPECTACULAR

WHEN: Wednesday, June 2nd

@ 5-6 pm eastern

WHO: 2nd-4th graders and their parents

WHERE: On zoom!

COST: FREE!


During our Summer Math Strategy Spectacular, you will: 

• Be guided through an interactive self-assessment process

• To create your own customized summer math learning plan that your child will actually embrace

• While discovering ways to make summer math effective and enjoyable!

• Plus, hone your math magic with us, 

practicing problems of your choice that you submit in advance.

And, learn from each other, as students take turns 

getting one-on-one magical math guidance in front of the group

all sprinkled with stories, songs, joyful movement, and meaningful interaction.

You will be on your way to having a new, better, DIFFERENT experience of math this summer—unicorn style. 

Put your best dress-up outfit, bring a scrumptious snack, and grab your most magical pencil!  I can’t wait to see you there!

Join us from WHEREVER you are — it’s on zoom!

I can’t wait to share this with you!

Sending you love,

REBECCA, the magical math unicorn

PS. Do you know someone you think might want to come to our party? Invite them to join us, too!

Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Free, virtual math Unicorn party: FULL MOON FRACTIONS, Wed 5/26 @ 4-5 pm eastern

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Is your child struggling with fractions?

Do you feel like somehow, your child just lost a year and a half of math education due to COVID, even though they showed up for everything?

Are you tired of the gnawing feeling that your child is getting further and further behind, even if their classroom teacher is saying everything is “fine”?

This is what parents are telling me they’re going through right now.  

So I want to do something about it.  I want to help you!

And I want to do it — MATH UNICORN STYLE. 

So mark your calendar and get ready to FROLIC with FRACTIONS under the illumination of the FULL MOON!

WHAT: Full Moon Fractions

WHEN: Wed, May 26th

@4-5 pm Eastern

WHO: 2nd-4th graders and their parents

WHERE: On zoom!

COST: FREE

During our fraction party, you will:

—Discover secret tools to crack the mysteries of fractions—so they are CLEAR and MEANINGFUL.

—Hone your math magic with us, 

practicing fraction problems of your choice that you submit in advance.

Learn from each other, as students take turns 

getting one-on-one magical math guidance from me in front of the group.

And we will do it all in a unique, joyful, MAGICAL environment—

sprinkled with stories, singing, gleeful movement, and meaningful learning.

You’ll be on your way to confidently saying, “Fractions?  Let’s get crackin’!” as you toss your unicorn mane with confidence and flair!

Dress up in your best unicorn attire, bring a tasty snack, and sharpen your sparkliest pencil!  

Join us from WHEREVER you are — it’s on zoom!

Sending you love,

REBECCA,

the magical math unicorn

PS. Know someone you think might want to join our party? Invite them to join us!

Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Word Problem? No problem! Come to our free Word Problem Tea Party, Sat, March 27th, 11 am-12 noon eastern!

Friday, March 5th, 2021
A screenshot from our last math tea party!

By popular demand: I will be co-hosting a special math tea party with Mrs. B (of Tea With Mrs. B), entirely devoted to the wild and wonderful world of WORD PROBLEMS!

WHAT: Word Problem Tea Party

FOR: Elementary-aged students and their parents to attend together

WHEN: Saturday, March 27th @ 11am-12 noon eastern

COST: FREE!

At our word problem tea party, you will:

–Discover secret tools that will help you confidently crack ANY word problem–even the ones that seem complicated, overwhelming, or totally confusing!

–Hone your math skills with us, practicing word problems of your choice that you submit in advance.

–Take turns getting one-on-one magical math guidance from me!

Parents will learn easy ways to communicate with your child about math and get to see excellent math communication skills being modeled. 

–We will do it all in a joyful tea party environment, sprinkled with Mrs. B’s signature whimsy, etiquette, and fun!

You’ll be on your way to confidently saying, “Word Problem? NO PROBLEM!” as you sip your tea with confidence and flair!

Just click here to register!

I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA, 

the magical math unicorn


PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support!

Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Magical Math Tea Party, Sat 2/20 @ 10-11 am Eastern

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
A recent magical math tea party!

Do you wish you and your child could actually LOVE math?

Come and join me, the magical math unicorn, and kids-etiquette-legend Mrs. B for a virtual math lesson and tea time!

This is a special event for elementary school aged students and their parents to attend together.

We will unveil the secrets of making math magical so you and your child can actually LOVE math in 2021.

You will learn three secrets of making math magical that can be used on any problem, at any grade level.

We will practice applying these tools together, choosing from problems you send to us in advance, and participants will take turns getting help on their specific problems.

Brew your favorite tea and don your most festive party hat!

WHAT: Magical Math Tea Party

FOR: Elementary-aged students and their parents to attend together

WHEN: Saturday Feb 20th @ 10-11 am eastern

COST: FREE

Just click here to register!
I can’t wait to see you there!!

Sending you love,

REBECCA,

the magical math unicorn


PS. And please share with anyone who you sense could use this support!

Me and my co-host, kids’ etiquette legend, Mrs. B!

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Posts Tagged as "4th grade"

Case Study: Confused by Math Instruction in a Foreign Language

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

One of my favorite success stories is a student who came to me as a fourth grader. She was extremely confused about math because her first three years of elementary school were at a French language school. Not only was math taught in French, which was not her first language, but the math instructors were also really bad. Also, she would get emotional about math—sometimes she’d get so upset that she would freeze up.

We started with a lot of math drill, reviewing arithmetic concepts that were unclear from years of math instruction in French. Then we moved on to mixing that with a review of what she was working on in class. We worked very slowly, and at the end of every page or every problem I would give her a high five and a special sticker. (Now, after all I’ve learned about rewards and motivation, I might not give her a sticker every single time.)

Another helpful strategy was paying attention to her emotions of frustration and anxiety, and modeling how to handle them. When she got frustrated or anxious, I would stay calm, just like I hoped she’d learn to stay calm in the face of a challenge.

One day she got really upset about some things in her life that were stressing her out, and I could tell she needed a break. (I was trying to build on what I’d learned from working with another student who broke down during tutoring once.) So we packed up our work and spent the rest of the session leisurely exploring the beautiful library where we met for tutoring.

Very gradually, things improved to the point where she even told me that she “loved” certain kinds of problems. This made me so proud of her! It was amazing to see her going from feeling scared and confused about math to actually being comfortable and delighted with it. Overall, I think what worked for her was just personalized and caring attention with a stress-free vibe.

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Case Study: Regaining Love of Math
Case Study: Learning Geometry with a Spatial Disability