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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


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,


the magical math unicorn

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

Posts Tagged as "how to help your kid with math"

Three simple steps to tell if your kid actually understands what’s going on with math

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Have you ever been helping your kid with math, and just really wanted to know whether or not they were getting it? Or maybe you got the feeling that your kid might be confused about something, but you couldn’t put a finger on what it was yourself. Well, let me share with you my special time-tested technique for dealing with this exact situation!

First, ask the question, “What questions do you have?” instead of “Do you have any questions?”

There are several reasons for this:

When we are asked “do you have any questions?” most of us have been socially conditioned to say “no,” without really thinking about whether or not we do need something cleared up. So asking “DO you have any questions” is not super effective.

“WHAT questions do you have,” because it assumes that you have questions, encourages people to actually try to come up with something they have questions about, instead of just glibly saying “no.” It also makes it normal to have questions, and treats the need for clarification as just a natural, built-in part of the learning process.

Second, wait up to seven seconds for your kid to respond. Why? Research has found that it usually takes seven seconds to formulate a question when you’re asked if you have one. This can feel really uncomfortable the first few times, since we’re not used to waiting like this. But it is absolutely worth it.

Third, only ask “What questions do you have?” if you genuinely want to know and you have time
to address the questions that your kid may have. If you don’t actually mean it, A, over time, the question will lose its power, and B, your kid will feel that they don’t actually have a chance to ask their questions and it just becomes a fake formality.

(I’ve had to be careful with this myself – for example, to not ask for questions when I only have 30 seconds left before I need to talk to my next student! If you’re in that kind of situation, just trust that you will be able to take care of the questions your kid has at a later moment when you can give it your full attention.)

Do you dream of your daughter or son receiving high-level, individualized one-on-one support that’s customized completely in every nanosecond? Do you prioritize investing in your child’s education above all else? Do you just want a caring professional to take over your family’s “math situation” so you can just focus on being a mom or dad, and not have to do the tutoring yourself?

Just click here to get started with your special application for my one-on-one math tutoring programs. Once your application is received, we’ll set up a special phone call to get clear if my approach would be a good fit for your child.

I’m here for you, and I’m so glad we’re connected!

Sending you love,