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Word Problem Wednesday: Gobble Gobble!

Nov 23, 2016

Image: "Thanksgiving Turkey" by Ruocaled is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Gobble gobble! It's Word Problem Wednesday AND Thanksgiving Eve, so we're celebrating with a word problem in tribute to the classic Thanksgiving staple. Solve our Turkey Day w...



Word Problem Wednesday: A Sweet Holiday Treat!

Nov 30, 2016

Holiday spirit is in the air, and one of our favorite festive traditions is making homemade sweet treats to share with our friends! Of course, with much kitchen wizardry comes much math, which is our inspiration for this week's installment of Word...



It's a Wrap: TriMathlon 2016!

Nov 30, 2016

Final scores have been tabulated and results are in for the Sixth Annual Mathnasium TriMathlon—Mathnasium’s fun, free elementary school (grades 2 to 5) math competition held at Mathnasium Learning Centers across the country. This year, student par...



Word Problem Wednesday: Ants!

Dec 7, 2016

For this installment of Word Problem Wednesday, we're challenging you to use your high school geometry knowledge to solve a creepy crawly word problem! Give it a try and check back tomorrow for the answer. Believe it or not, ants use math to ge...



In 2017, Dream Big and Be Inspired by YOU!

Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year! What's your top goal for 2017? This January, we invite you to join us in a special New Year challenge for a chance to win a fun prize: Be Inspired by YOU! Here's how it works: Pick the inspirational quotation below that moves y...



Holiday Gifts for Math Lovers - The 2016 Edition!

Dec 8, 2016

Happy Holidays! The most wonderful time of year is here once again and to celebrate, we’ve combed the internet for the cutest, coolest math gifts around. Here are our picks for 2016! For young mathletes: Math booties (via Etsy) ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Space!

Dec 14, 2016

On Word Problem Wednesday, we're looking up toward the stars... and beyond! Solve our space shuttle word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer! A space shuttle has 1 large fuel tank and 3 small fuel tanks. The tanks are filled with 600...



Word Problem Wednesday: Christmas!

Dec 21, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho! On this Word Problem Wednesday, we've prepared a very special word problem for those of you who are gearing up for Christmas celebrations this weekend! Solve our word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. Rachel the Christ...



Word Problem Wednesday: Travels and Time Zones!

Jan 4, 2017

Happy New Year! On the first Word Problem Wednesday of 2017, we're shouting out to all of you who had a great time traveling with family over the holidays. Solve this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer. Paolo takes a pla...



Word Problem Wednesday: The School Choir

Jan 11, 2017

Image: By Stilfehler (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons This week's installment of Word Problem Wednesday celebrates all of you who have been inspired to raise funds for a cause! Solve our word problem about a very enterpr...



This February, Declare YOUR Love for Math!

Feb 1, 2017

Math, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We're celebrating Valentine's Day all February, and we want to know how math makes your heart skip a beat! Together with your child, get creative and declare your love for math using one of our mat...



Finger Counting, Numerical Fluency, and Confidence

Jan 17, 2017

When very young children first learn how to count, they use their fingers as manipulatives (physical objects used to teach math concepts). However, many kids continue to rely on their fingers as their primary computation tools once they move on...



Word Problem Wednesday: Marbles

Jan 18, 2017

Image: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons We're feeling a bit nostalgic on this Word Problem Wednesday and celebrating one of our favorite classic toys! Try answering our word problem about marbles—we'll update with the sol...



Word Problem Wednesday: Chocolate Chips!

Feb 8, 2017

  Here's a shoutout to all of you chocolate lovers out there... solve this week's word problem and check back tomorrow for the answer! Christian has two-thirds of a pound of chocolate chips. Kaylee has 0.25 pounds of chocolate chips. How muc...



Word Problem Wednesday: Valentine's Day Meal

Feb 15, 2017

  Happy Wednesday, Mathnasium fans - here’s hoping you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day!  Like many of those out there who celebrated, this week’s word problem wraps up the day of love with dinner.  See if you can solve the problem and check bac...



Word Problem Wednesday: Birdfeeders

Feb 22, 2017

  Spring is just around the corner.  Flowers will soon be blooming, critters will be stirring from hibernation holes, and birds will be looking for feeders… such “peckish” little creatures!   See if you can solve this week’s bird feeder word...



Word Problem Wednesday: Jack & The Beanstalk

Mar 1, 2017

  Fee-fi-fo-fum, we smell mathematical proportion fun! A fairytale favorite is the inspiration for today's Word Problem Wednesday.  See if you can solve this teaser and check back tomorrow for the answer. Jack casts an 8' shadow.  If Jack...



Word Problem Wednesday: Knit Hats

Mar 8, 2017

  We’re not hank-ing any skeins here!  Did you know that the largest knitted hat in the world is 66 feet in circumference and nearly 57 feet tall?  (Industrias Textiles de Sudamerica - Lima, Peru, 26 April 2015)   It’s a good thing most hat...



Word Problem Wednesday: Celebrating Pi Day

Mar 15, 2017

  Another fantastic Pi Day has come and gone.  What did YOU do to mark the day in a positive, irrational and/or constant way?  Solve today’s Word Problem Wednesday to see what Molly did… then come back tomorrow to check your answer! Molly ma...



Word Problem Wednesday: Triceratops Eggs

Mar 22, 2017

  The triceratops we know and love was HUGE. This dinosaur could grow up to 30 feet long and weighed as much as a truck! But did you know that triceratops eggs were only about the size of a cantaloupe?   This week’s Word Problem Wednesda...


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