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 If You Had Eleven Fingers?

What If You Had Eleven Fingers?

What If You Had Eleven Fingers? Rounding numbers Vintage sewing buttons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We use ten as a basis for a lot of math activities. Because we have ten fingers and toes, it is an easy place to start. If we had eleven fingers, our math system would probably be based on eleven. But, […]

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How Many Eyes Are In Your Family?

How Many Eyes Are In Your Family?

How Many Eyes Are In Your Family? Skip Counting When you look all around, you see things in pairs, threes, fives and tens. Five Colored Dice (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is a perfect opportunity to play with counting by twos, threes, fives and tens, or skipping to numbers that are multiples of two, three, five […]

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What Comes Next? Pattern Recognition

What Comes Next? Pattern Recognition

What Comes Next? Pattern Recognition Patterns Clock in Bad Salzdetfurth, Germany, Badenburger Strasse (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One of the common tests for software engineers is to see if they can spot patterns. This is also a fun game to share with grandchildren. Materials Paper Pen or pencil Instructions Talk about the fact that there are lots […]

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The Monty Hall Problem

The Monty Hall Problem

The Monty Hall Problem Probability: Dependent Illustration for Monty Hall problem (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When the television game show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” first started, it was hosted by Monty Hall. It originally aired from December 30, 1963 to December 27, 1968, then in syndication off and on until 1991, with Hall as host. In 2001, Let’s Make […]

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