Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mystified by Modern Math?

Many parents are discovering that their children are learning math concepts using different techniques and language from what they learned in school 20 or 30 years ago. As a result, many parents are feeling it a challenge to help their kids when it's homework time and their kids are scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Toronto dad Gerry Dunn was so befuddled that he was inspired to find out what all the different terms mean: eg. "regroup", "making equivalent fractions" and "tesselation" etc. He has decoded the modern math for parents of Grade 5 students across the Toronto District School Board.

This 140-page book is a refresher course for parents and will enable them to better understand the way math is being taught today. More information here and here.

You can tell that I find the subject of modern math and modern families of interest and concern. See my previous post.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Joy of Books

This video has been all over the news in the past 24 hours. It was created by 25 volunteers using stop motion photography at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Course of a Year

This photo made the front page of the Toronto Star the other day. It was taken by photographer, Michael Chrisman using a pinhole camera with photo-sensitive paper and a 365-day exposure, January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011

The progression of both the day and the year are evident in the streaks of the sun across the sky.

More information can be found at the Toronto Star.