Author Archive for Carol Covin

A grandma to two, delightful seven-year-olds, one from each of my two sons and their wives. I am the author of a book of essays, based on interviews with 40 mothers and grandmothers, "Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mother and Grandmothers." Proceeds go to bring a promising cancer treatment to clinical trials. I blog daily at http://newgrandmas.com, on how things have changed since I raised my grandchildren, how to get started writing your autobiography and fun things to do with your grandchildren.

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What Makes a Good Teacher?

What Makes a Good Teacher?

What Makes a Good Teacher? May 7 is National Teacher Day. Who were your favorite teachers and how did they change your life? What made your teacher good at their job? When I was in third or fourth grade, I remember turning in a test paper by walking up to the front of the room and […]

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Probability: Fun with Grandchildren

Probability: Fun with Grandchildren

What Is the Luckiest Number in Dice? Fun with Grandchildren Probability American, Chinese, and casino dice (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Your grandchildren may play board games that use two dice, like Parcheesi, a current grandchild favorite. Have you ever wondered what is the most common number you can get when you roll two dice and add them […]

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The Golden Mean: Fun with Grandkids

The Golden Mean: Fun with Grandkids

The Golden Mean: Fun with Grandkids Have you ever heard of the Golden Mean? It is sometimes called the Golden Ratio. It is a line divided at the point where the ratio of the smaller part to the larger part is the same as the larger part to the whole. Like pi, it is constant, […]

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The Power of a Paper Towel: Fun with Grandkids

The Power of a Paper Towel: Fun with Grandkids

The Power of a Paper Towel: Fun with Grandkids The Power of 2 Here’s another way to learn about fractions and fractional equivalents as well as an introduction to how a computer counts. Materials: Paper towel or paper napkin Magic marker (pens and pencils are ok, but may tear the paper) Instructions: Have your grandchild […]

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