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mayath

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About mayath

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  1. Here are two poems about growing up that I love: Turning Ten, by Billy Collins, and The Light Gatherer, by Carol Ann Duffy. And here are some poets explaining the magic of poetry: To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a book it lie – True poems flee. - Emily Dickinson A poem begins with a lump in the throat. - Robert Frost Browsing the dim back corner Of a musty antique shop Opened an old book of poetry Angels flew out from the pages I caught the whiff of a soul - Pixie Foudre Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. - Carl Sandburg Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. - Thomas Gray
  2. I'm all about building a math culture at home so that kids begin to realize that math can be fun. We used to live in the US but moved to Singapore about six years ago. I find moms in Singapore so interesting because they are so focused on deliberately building math-rich homes in so many interesting ways. From weaving math into conversations to playing games that increase math skills (chess is huge here, as are tangrams, robotics, scratch, sudoku, board games etc.), they do a lot to immerse children in math-rich worlds. And of course, Singapore math is pretty intense, so kids also do a lot of structured math with lots of challenging word problems. (When I looked at the math tests that young kids here do, I almost fainted -- it's very intense -- I would say about two to years ahead of what kids do in American public schools.) In fact, I was so struck by the differences between what moms here do compared to the moms I met in the US that I wrote a book about it (Beyond The Tiger Mom)! To answer your question, I think that relaxed math can be in the form of games that enhance calculation skills, problem solving skills, and visual-spatial skills (chess, tangrams, puzzles, sudoku, robotics etc.). Some online math games might also work - Sumdog, Mathletics, Khan Academy, Splash Math etc.
  3. I'm counting down the days till summer. Our break starts next week -- and since I'm a teacher, it's as much a break for me as it is for my kids. I love planning summer learning. This year, the focus will be on travel and history/culture, though I'll also encourage reading and some amount of math. So excited! For me, the summer is a great time to both consolidate my kids' skills as well and to help them deepen passions and learn things that they may not learn in school. I think of learning during the school year as a sort of sprint, but learning in the summer is more like a walk in the woods -- it's beautiful and enjoyable without any of the stress, speed, and competition of the school year. I'm such a fan of long summers! Our plan is to work on Singapore math, read a lot (I have some great books lined up for the summer), and immerse ourselves in history projects connected to our summer travel. http://www.mayathiagarajan.info/
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