# Calculus, 43 chicken McNuggets and DIY math circles: Newsletter October 30

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## Blogs and networks

David Cordeiro’s review on Amazon captures a major reason we wrote Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd:

So often, young kids’ first exposure to math is through arithmetic. This book opens up a whole new world of play as it relates to math and/or math as it relates to play! Either way, kids will learn to love the math they find around them and their curiosity will be ignited.

• Estimate a task’s duration, for example, writing a paragraph, reading an article or putting away toys.
• Start a stopwatch (in another room, so you don’t keep checking)

It was so eye-opening! My estimates were off by orders of magnitude! No wonder I had a hard time getting anything done. I even started doing the time-estimation exercise for little household tasks: emptying the dishwasher, getting potatoes from the garage, hanging a picture… Again, my estimates were wildly off at first. Then I got better, and my life became so much smoother. Measuring similar tasks many times (so you are sure how long they take) makes you brave enough to work in short sprints between other tasks.

## Events: Want a Math Circle for your kids?

Maria Droujkova was a distinguished guest at the ReinventED unconference at Black Mountain SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment). It was another gathering where many people asked if we know of Math Circles for young kids in their area. The bad news is, there are still very few Circles that invite young kids into deep math adventures. The good news is you can organize one! And there are probably local people who will be happy to help. Starting a Math Circle might sound scary, but we are building a support system to make it happen for you. For our next round of open online courses and publications, we need to hear from you. What are the biggest questions, concerns, and obstacles that prevent you from starting your own math circle? Write us at moby@moebiusnoodles.com

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