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Word Problem Wednesday - Report Card Edition

Nov 4, 2015

Give our report card-themed word problem a try! A grade point average is calculated using points. An A is worth 4 points, a B is worth 3 points, a C is worth 2 points, a D is worth 1 point, and an F is worth 0 points. If your grades for your cl...



A Different Kind of Pie

Nov 9, 2015

With fall in full swing and the holidays on the horizon, it isn’t surprising that we’ve been thinking a lot about pie lately, and by extension—you guessed it—pie charts! When conducting a survey, presenting your data (your results, the information...



A Very Juicy Word Problem

Nov 10, 2015

Today’s word problem is our little homage to a school cafeteria favorite—the juice carton! Give it a try—we’ll update this article with the answer tomorrow. A cafeteria has three different kinds of juice cartons. 1/6 of the juice cartons contai...



NASA's Hiring Astronauts; Internet Goes Nuts

Nov 12, 2015

Just in time for the holidays, here’s some news that kicked long-buried childhood dreams into gear and sent our space-and-math-loving hearts aflutter: starting December 17, 2015, NASA’s accepting job applications for astronauts! This is the fir...



Spread the Love: November 13 is World Kindness Day!

Nov 13, 2015

(Image via Bunnicula on Flickr) In the spirit of World Kindness Day, today's word problem celebrates how one positive act has the power to inspire many more. Give it a try; we'll update this article on Monday with the answer! You write two p...



"Woof" Problem Wednesday!

Nov 18, 2015

We don't know about you, but there's something about wagging tails and soulful puppy eyes that makes our hearts grow soft... hence today's doggie-themed word problem featuring some very hungry dogs! Give it a try—we'll update this article with t...



Focus by Design: Your Child's Study Space

Nov 20, 2015

As your child settles in for a productive evening of homework and studying, does he or she have a study space that promotes mental efficiency and focus? Here are some suggestions for structuring a home study area that nips distraction-related frus...



The Home Stretch: Four Ways to Keep Your Child Motivated

Nov 19, 2015

There are only a few weeks left until the end of the fall semester and winter break is on the horizon! However, there’s a strong chance that young learners’ motivation levels may be dropping along with the temperature in anticipation of downtime a...



What is the Fibonacci Sequence... and What Is it Doing in our Broccoli?

Nov 23, 2015

(Image: Jacopo Werther via Wikimedia Commons) Happy Monday! Today, we’re celebrating one of our favorite math holidays—Fibonacci Day! Allow us to explain… A number sequence is an ordered list of numbers defined by a rule or function—the numb...



Holiday Gifts for Math Lovers - The 2015 Edition

Nov 30, 2015

We're one day away from December, and it's safe to say that the holiday season is officially here! We’ve trawled the Internet for the coolest math gifts around. Stumped for ideas? Relax—we got you covered! For your one-and-only: You’re ...



In 2016, Be Inspired by YOU!

Jan 1, 2016

This January, join us in a special 2016 challenge: Be Inspired by YOU! Pick the inspirational quotation below that moves you most and click it to download your customizable motivational poster template! Include a photo of yourself and fill in the ...



Mathnasium and the Holidays!

Dec 4, 2015

It's official: Mathnasium centers are absolutely awash in holiday spirit! At Mathnasium of Brandon, FL, fun and festive holiday decor brings big smiles and warm fuzzies to students, parents, and staff. We're especially loving the little math-theme...



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

Dec 8, 2015

(Image: Ilya via Flickr) Winter break is almost here! If you're spending the holiday season visiting the United States, you'll probably have to make some adjustments on how you view temperature. This is because the United States remains the onl...



Word Problem Wednesday: Oh Christmas Tree!

Dec 9, 2015

This week's word problem features one of our favorite holiday symbols—the Christmas tree! Give it a shot; we'll post the answer tomorrow! While outside shopping for the perfect Christmas tree, Justine stands next to a tree that is 10 feet tall....



Mathing With Your Kids: The Dreidel Game

Dec 10, 2015

(Image: "Colorful dreidels2" by Adiel lo - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.) We’re all about mathing with our kids this holiday season, and for this reason, we’d like to share a traditional game that involves (very s...



Mathing During the Holidays: A More Economical Way to Wrap Presents

Dec 14, 2015

(Image source) FACT: math is everywhere... and it comes in pretty handy during the holidays! Case in point: this awesome video featuring British mathematician Sarah Santos' math formula for wrapping presents! Sarah's formula (at about 3:14—pi m...



Legos: An Excellent Math Manipulative

Dec 15, 2015

(Image source) At Mathnasium, we're all about making math make sense to kids. That said, bringing out manipulatives—physical objects used as teaching tools—in appropriate situations is a fantastic way to render abstract math concepts concrete! ...



Word Problem Wednesday: The Bicycle Edition!

Dec 16, 2015

(Image source: Asja Boroš on Flickr) This week's word problem goes out to everyone who has received or would like to receive a new bike for the holidays! Give it a try—we'll update with the answer tomorrow! Jessica, Kalvin, and Lloyd pitch i...



Mathnasium and the Holidays, Part 2

Dec 18, 2015

Here's another round of holiday cheer from Mathnasium centres far and wide! First off, we can't decide what we love most about the holiday decor at Mathnasium of Lakewood, TX! Is it the adorable Christmas tree festooned with festive angels? Or may...



A Time of Change: The December Solstice

Dec 21, 2015

(Image via John W. Schulze on Flickr) December 21 and 22 (depending on where you live) mark the 2015 December solstice, commonly recognized as the shortest day of the year (and longest night) for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and the ...


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