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I have about fifteen years of experience developing programs and courses for helping people to learn mathematics and to engage in research. I design, develop and write about learning experiences for diverse people and situations: early algebra games for pre-K groups of children; Math Clubs and the Family Online Studies for family-centered communities; classes and seminars for k-20 and graduate students; and seminars, workshops and classes for pre-service and in-service teachers. I started several online educational communities, including the Natural Math network and the Math 2.0 Interest Group.
I live in Cary, North Carolina with my husband of twenty years and our daughter. I like to read science fiction and fantasy. My favorite computer games are MMORPGs and puzzles. Of the arts, I like drawing, folding origami, and drumming. For physical activities, I do amateur climbing and parkour. If you do a video conference with me, you are likely to see a dog and a parrot who live in my home office.
To join meetings (during announced times) follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/MathRichMeeting
In this course, participants will share their know-how about creating math-rich environments for babies and young children. Two groups of parents will participate in this course. Parents in the first group want to share their own love of math, science and technology with the next generation of little geeklets. The second group are parents anxious or less successful in math who want their kids to avoid such a fate. Developers of early childhood programs and materials, and educators who work with families will also join as peers.
We will meet online once a week and will use an email group and other platforms for asynchronous communication. During each of the six weeks, we will create activities focused on a particular fundamental math topic, such as functions or patterns. Those of us who currently have children will run the activities, and share their experiences of putting "fun" in "fundamental." We will also aggregate tools and ideas that apply across topics and activities, such as child's eye-level displays of math collections.