# Fairy Tale Math Circle #9

In case you’re wondering, there was no Circle #8. Rocket Boy was sick, Rocket Dad was out of town and I had to cancel. But this Monday we were back in business with a new fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. The first problem was to find all the paths from points A to… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #9

# Fairy Tale Math Circle #6

There was no fairy tale for this meeting, not as such. Instead, we just talked about all the different fairy tale creatures – Baba Yaga, Kashey the Immortal (not a good guy, overly obsessed with gold), Ivan the Fool, the three-headed dragon, etc. We started with figuring out how to “magically” turn five ones into… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #6

# Fairy Tale Math Circle #5

We took a long break because of the 4th of July holiday, but we’re now back. This past Monday’s fairy tale was Крошечка-Хаврошечка – a yet-another strange tale with a hard-working orphan girl, the three lazy sisters, a cruel stepmom, and a prince on a white horse. Reminds you of something? Well, the kids thought… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #5

# Fairy Tale Math Circle #4

One of the least logical fairy tales I know is the one called The Little Speckled Hen (Курочка Ряба). In it, a chicken lays a golden egg and her owners take turns trying to crack it. They fail at it and yet a tiny mouse runs by, hits the egg with its tail, the egg… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #4

# Fairy Tale Math Circle #3

What a perfect day for the fairy tale circle #3! Today is the summer solstice. And it so happens, that this week’s fairy tale, Снегурочка (The Snow Maiden), takes place at the summer solstice celebration. If you’re not familiar with the plot, it goes something like this. An elderly childless couple make a little girl… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #3

# Our Favorite Programming Games

Why do I learn programming with my son? One reason is because he keeps asking to learn to program. And since it’s not something I know well, I sort of learn alongside him. But another reason is that I’m too old to get into Hogwarts. I will never learn to use the Lumos charm. But I… Read More Our Favorite Programming Games