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
I’m so excited! Rocket Boy can now read in Russian as well as in English. Russian reading has been something we picked up on and off since he was 3 years old. And then we would promptly drop it for one reason or another. He was not ready. He was learning English reading and kept… Read More Russian Reading – Check!
Every morning this week the Rocket Boy spent an hour online in the Natural Math‘s online summer camp. We love just about everything that comes from Natural Math (yep, that includes the Moebius Noodles book I co-authored some years back and the new one, Avoid Hard Work, that’s coming out in the Fall). But up… Read More Transformers – the Math Camp
Wait, what happened to the Fairy Tale Math Circle #1? And what is it in the first place? Well, some time ago I came across a wonderful Russian book called “Математические олимпиады в стране сказок” (издательство Белый Город). In it each chapter presents 8-10 math problems themed around one of the most well-known fairy tales.… Read More Fairy Tale Math Circle #2
Re-discovering Ералаш! It’s a Russian language TV show made up of shot skits, usually with a funny punch line (that also makes you think). It is a show about kids (usually elementary-school age) and the adults around them. That’s the best I can describe it. I watched it when I was Rocket Boy’s age.… Read More Ералаш!
After something like 5 years of planning and 2 years of building the coup, we finally got chickens! They were born on March 21st and we picked them up on March 25. So right now they are just about 3 weeks old. Really? Something must be wrong with my math… or my calendar. Then again,… Read More Chickens, chickens everywhere
M. C. Escher Sometimes, when we have friends over, Rocket Boy gets out his chess board and his favorite chess set for a friendly game. But the kids don’t always end up playing chess. Instead, they build other, pretty elaborate, games on and around the board. For example, once they played “tea-time in the chess… Read More Math on a Chess Board