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We invite parents, teachers, playgroup hosts, and math circle leaders to join us in April for an open, crowd-funded online course about multiplication. Each week there will be five activities to help your kids learn multiplication by exploring patterns and structure. To get your course completion badge, do at least two activities every week. The course starts April 6 and runs for four weeks. Dr. Maria Droujkova and Yelena McManaman are designing and leading the activities.
Each activity will have adaptations for toddlers (2-4), young kids (4-6), and older kids (7-12). If you want to remix activities for babies or teens, we will help!
Week 1: Introduction. What is multiplication? Hidden dangers and precursors of math difficulties. From open play to patterns: make your own math. 60 ways to stay creative in math. Our mathematical worries and dreams.
Week 2: Inspired by calculus. Tree fractals. Substitution fractals. Multiplication towers. Doubling and halving games. Zoom and powers of the Universe.
Week 3: Inspired by algebra. Factorization diagrams. Mirror books and snowflakes. Combination and chimeras. Spirolaterals and Waldorf stars: drafting by the numbers. MathLexicon.
Week 4: Times tables. Coloring the monster table. Scavenger hunt: multiplication models and intrinsic facts. Cuisenaire, Montessori, and other arrays. The hidden and exotic patterns. Healthy memorizing.
Q: I am trying this out. Can I contribute money later in the course?
A: We greatly appreciate all the contributions participants made so far to support the development of the course. Thank you! Toward the end of the course, we will analyze course data, and announce development plans for the next stages of the multiplication project. If you like where this is going, you can continue crowd-funding then.
Q: Where are your 12 multiplication models?
A: We edited the Welcome! PDF file to spell out the link, since some readers weren’t showing it. Here the models are: https://naturalmath.com/2013/09/12-models-of-multiplication/
Q: I registered for the course, but I did not get a download, or submitted any information. Is this normal?
A: You are supposed to get access to a PDF file as soon as you register. You should also receive an email confirmation with a link to the same file. Please check your spam folder. We will send you a starting survey in a few days. Meanwhile, you can directly download that Welcome to the Course PDF file: https://naturalmath.com/s/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/WelcometoNaturalMathMultiplicationV2open.pdf.
Q: Do I need separate registrations or “copies” of the course for each child? Do other parents from my learning coop have to register?
A: People who register accept certain leadership within their families, math circles, or other local groups. They figure out tasks, organize activities, and report back to our course community. Everyone who wants to grow in this math leadership can register, whether only one person, or multiple people from the same local group.
Q: What if I have a spring break or travels during April? Can I still participate?
A: Yes! We will keep the course tasks open for responses for two extra weeks in May.
Q: Will I be able to see the materials after the course is over?
A: Yes! The materials have open licence, Creative Commons, so you can always view and share. Big thanks to everyone who is supporting Moebius Noodles!
Q: I am in Australia. Will this work with my time zone?
A: Almost all course activities happen on the course forum. You can do the activities and post your results any time. We will have a couple of live meetings, but they are optional. We will upload full recordings of the meetings.