Learning through digital games and video gamesOctober 02 2015, 0 Comments

As we’ve seen in the last few weeks, games are a broad category that cover many different types of activities. They can be simple like Tic-Tac-Toe, or complicated like Monopoly. Games can be board games, card games, dice games, or computer games. Teachers can use video games to reinforce concepts in math, science, reading, writing, and social studies.

Not only are students expected to learn these core subjects, but they need to be technologically proficient, as well.
Read on to find out how digital games can enhance learning and learn about some digital game resources.

Weekly Logic PuzzleSeptember 26 2015, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

Each letter below stands for a different digit. W = 2 and R = 6, and no words start with zero. What is the addition problem?

TWO + TWO = FOUR

We know how important it is to build foundational reading skills, which can help a child become a skilled, lifelong reader. Once a child learns the fundamentals of reading, they become better and stronger readers through practice. Learn about reading games, which can help kids practice a variety of different skills, such as phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling, in a fun and engaging way!

Weekly Logic PuzzleSeptember 18 2015, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

Joe, Larry, Lucy, and Brenda are 12, 11, 10, and 9, but not necessarily in that order. We do know that the consecutive ages alternate girl, boy, girl, boy . . . from oldest to youngest. These clues will help:

• Lucy is a year older than Joe.
• Joe is younger than Larry.

From these two clues, can you tell me the age of each person?

Learning math through gamesSeptember 17 2015, 0 Comments

I always made time in the week to play math games with my students. Not only did it make math learning fun, little did they know they were also practicing their multiplication facts, and problem-solving skills!

There are many different kinds of math games, from traditional, commercial games you can purchase to more simple dice or card games you can make. Keep reading to learn about a number of wonderful games that can be used as part of your math instruction.

Weekly Logic PuzzleSeptember 11 2015, 0 Comments

Try your hand at our logic puzzle of the week! Post your guesses and check back next week for the answer.

This Week's Puzzle

What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Why use games in the classroom?September 10 2015, 0 Comments

I loved playing games as a kid. Candy Land, Battleship, Scrabble, and Uno were among my favorites. If asked as a child, I wouldn’t have described these games as “educational.” They were fun, an escape from learning, the antithesis of the facts and figures and numbers you memorize in school. Yet, if we take a closer look at many children’s games, we’ll find that they’re actually quite complex learning environments that develop a variety of important problem solving, social, and emotional skills. These are the same skills we try to impart in our students every day!

Keep reading to find out how games promote learning!

Weekly Logic PuzzleAugust 18 2015, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

The sum of three consecutive numbers is 345. Can you figure out the three numbers?

Community Building in the ClassroomAugust 18 2015, 0 Comments

The start of the new school year is a great time to establish a caring, strong classroom community. It’s important for students to feel a sense of community with their classmates and teacher. They’ll be more eager to come to school, ready to learn and grow. A strong classroom community also establishes an environment where students aren’t afraid to try new things and learn from their mistakes. The classroom becomes a safe environment where their ideas, experiences, and individual backgrounds are acknowledged and accepted.

How can you create a safe, welcoming, and nurturing classroom environment? Keep reading to find out and get a copy of our free classroom ice-breaker: Getting to Know You BINGO!

Find out what your child will learn in the next grade and how you can support their learning at home!August 11 2015, 0 Comments

Read more to find out what your child will learn in the next grade and how you can support their learning at home!

Separate the fact from the fiction: 11 Facts About the Math Disorder Dyscalculia

Can you think of other facts?

Happy New Year!January 03 2015, 0 Comments

Wishing you health, happiness, and fun math experiences in the new year. Happy New Year from Luminous Learning!

Weekly Logic PuzzleOctober 22 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

Seven people meet at a party. Each person shakes hands once with every other person at the party. How many handshakes take place?

Weekly Logic PuzzleOctober 14 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

It’s time for school so you buy new pants. You plan to wear them with three different shirts and two different pairs of shoes. How many different ways can you wear your new school outfits?

Why is counting important?

Counting is the basis for many different math concepts, including computation, place value, estimation, and understanding fractions and decimals. Developing strong counting skills will build a solid foundation for mastering concepts in the later grades.

Keep reading to find out why counting is so tricky!

10 Ways to Make Summer MeaningfulJune 24 2014, 0 Comments

Summer Learning Loss

According to the National Summer Learning Association, most children lose up to 2 months of math skills over the summer. Many students test more poorly at the end of the summer than the beginning, demonstrating a loss of learning. This cumulative effect impacts their academic success year after year. Each September, teachers spend precious classroom time reviewing last year's concepts, which gives them less time to teach grade-appropriate material.

This loss of learning is easily preventable. While children should enjoy their summer vacations and spend plenty of time resting after a long school year, they can also keep their math skills intact. There are many fun ways to practice math at home over the summer.

Fun Math Activities

Keep reading to learn 10 ideas to fill the summer with fun, meaningful math activities!

Weekly Logic PuzzleMay 15 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

What is the next letter in the sequence below: S S F T W T ____

Weekly Logic PuzzleMay 08 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

If A + B = C + D and A and B are both positive whole numbers, then which of the following must be true:

a) C and D each have to be whole numbers

b) A x B = C x D

c) Neither C nor D can be negative

d) Either C or D has to be positive

e) None of the above

Weekly Logic PuzzleApril 30 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

The U.S. gymnastics team won 13 gold medals against two other countries. Of 60 total medals awarded, there were: 20 bronze, 20 silver, and 20 gold. Germany won 5 gold medals. Japan won one-third of all the medals and had an equal number of silver and bronze medals. How many silver and bronze medals did Japan win?

Dyscalculia Facts and ResourcesApril 27 2014, 0 Comments

What is dyscalculia?

In an earlier post, we discussed a bit about dyscalculia and shared a handy infographic. Since we're passionate about math difficulties here at Luminous Learning, we'd love to continue the conversation. So you've heard of dyslexia, but what is this dyscalculia, you ask? Think of it as the dyslexia of math. Not an exact comparison, but just like dyslexia is difficulty with reading, dyscalculia is difficulty with math. The bad news? Dyscalculia hasn't been researched nearly as much as dyslexia, so there's still a great deal we don't know about how the brain understands mathematics. The good news? It's a growing field and new research, interventions, and ideas about dyscalculia are being developed every year.

Weekly Logic PuzzleApril 23 2014, 0 Comments

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This Week's Puzzle

Which letter doesn’t belong and why?

W N K E H A X

Modeling Fractions with an Area ModelApril 23 2014, 0 Comments

What is an area model?

An area model is a useful tool you can use to model certain fraction concepts. An area model is a square that you divide into equal-sized rectangles to represent a fraction. Keep reading to learn some math concepts you can model with fraction sticks and area models!

Weekly Logic PuzzleApril 16 2014, 0 Comments

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Try your hand at our logic puzzle of the week! Post your guesses and check back next week for the answer.

This Week's Puzzle

Billy is taller than Anna. Anna is shorter than Sam. Sam is taller than Liam. Liam is not the shortest. If Billy is not next to Liam in height, what is the order of these friends from tallest to shortest?