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Trace, Draw, Copy—Becoming a Math Person the Naturals Way!

Earlier this spring, a small group of CC tutors gathered with Leigh Bortins, CC’s founder and developer of The Math Map, and Kirsty Gilpin, the lead mathematician for this K-12 math curriculum currently under development. For several days, this group made personal connections, shared table fellowship, laughed, worked, and engaged in math conversations with one another. Their struggles, enjoyment, and study highlighted four ideas, and CC is responding with an invitation.

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Memorizing Multiplication Facts through an Experience that Promotes Understanding

Young minds are capable of memorizing answers to questions presented in predictable forms. Certainly, this capacity to memorize is something to take advantage of at the earliest stages of a child’s cognitive development, but rote memorization need not be the first and only step in acquiring the ability to quickly determine the product of two numbers.

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Memory Work: A Personal Journey

In the early years, I questioned the wisdom of having my six-year-old repeat the associative law. It seemed unreasonable to ask him to chant: “a” plus opening parenthesis “b” plus “c” closing parenthesis equals opening parenthesis “a” plus “b” closing parenthesis plus “c.” This year, he began Saxon Math 8/7. It was surprisingly simple for him to look at sample equations in the book and label them…

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