Calm Math Playlist: Learn to lead online groups

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Do you want to lead online math circles or casual math playdates for friends and family? Join Dr. Maria Droujkova and math friends for a live online event. We will explore a few activities together. We will also share online teaching tips, and crowdsource a playlist of math activities that feel calm.

  • When: Wednesday April 1 from noon to 1 PM EDT
  • Math topic: start with symmetry (algebraic geometry) and bridge to more
  • Education topic: emotional support via mathematics  for children ages 5 and up
  • Who: parents, teachers, and math circle leaders
  • Where: Natural Math Zoom
  • Supplies: plain paper, graph paper (print here if you need it), scissors, colored pencils or markers, reliable internet, microphone

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After you register, you will receive an email from with a link to login instructions. If you can’t find the email, send a message to that address and we’ll figure it out. Please log into Zoom on the device you will use for the event and check your audio and video systems at least fifteen minutes in advance.


Natural Math makes advanced mathematics accessible to everyone in kind ways. How? At Natural Math, families with toddlers do projects on symmetry and tessellations; four-year-olds design function machines; and six-year-olds build fractal models of infinity. Our motto: “Math is what you make of it.” Natural Math has more than two decades of proven track record in curriculum development, experience design, and publishing.

Dr. Maria Droujkova

Dr. Maria Droujkova focuses her research and development efforts on learning communities, informal education, online education, advanced mathematics for young children, and game design. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from NCSU, and M.S. in Mathematics from Tulane. Maria is the founder of Natural Math, an educational design, consulting, and publishing organization started in 1996. Her approach to teaching focuses on the easy complexity (such as calculus for five-year-olds), openness, and kindness. She co-authored Moebius Noodles and Avoid Hard Work, popular books with innovative math activities for parents, teachers, and math circle leaders.

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7 comments on “Calm Math Playlist: Learn to lead online groups
  1. The main thing I’m missing from your list is a reliable internet connection. Will there be a recording for those of us who can’t make it live?

    • MariaD says:

      Denise, I plan to record and also make the notes available. I added a comment to the post. Thank you for your work in helping children learn!

  2. Denise says:

    Thank you. I look forward to it!

  3. evawitsel says:

    I missed this event, but I am very interested! I am running a math club that has been online for the last four weeks. We usually do a math circle activity every week, but I haven’t been able to make this work online yet. I tried the first week, but didn’t think all the children were that engaged and I don’t think they all understood it very well. So now I am just doing an online statistics unit ;-) Useful, but not as much fun :-)

    Is the recording of this event available yet?

    • MariaD says:

      Hello, I wanted to check with you about this comment from the Spring. How is your math club? Many people developed different ways to play online since then. Have you found something that works?

  4. Debbie says:

    Hi there, thanks for doing this for the math circle community. :) If anyone is interested in another free online math group, my husband, the U.S. math olympiad coach, Po-Shen Loh, does impromptu interactive math pop-question-and-answer every weekday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (EST) and Saturdays from 8:00-8:45 p.m. (EST).

    It’s through Youtube, with his math writing projected behind him, so the kids can see him and interactive with him the chat. They ask all sorts of neat math questions, ranging from “What’s the last digit of 2^2020?” to “How do computers store sound waves?” to even science or real life questions that can be explained using math. The kids really ask anything, under the sun. It’s really fun and interactive!

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and good luck. :)


  5. Debbie says:

    The URL is

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