My daughter is an avid blogger. She has always been good with words which means she loved centers and socializing when she was in school. This is the first time I have ventured into such a new territory as a blog. I ask myself, "Why would anyone want to read my blog? I'm not an outstanding writer, but I do love math."

Now there's the rub. Who wants to read about math? Who even likes it? Many, many times I have heard a parent of one of my students say, "I understand why my child cannot do math. I was never very good at math, either." Right! So you weren't good at reading; so, your child should be illiterate? So you don't like to play sports; so, PE should be optional? I don't think so.

My goal in life is to make people, students, adults, children, comfortable with math; to see its value; to learn to at least like it. After all, there isn't a day that goes by that you don't use math in some form. Did you read a clock today? Did you buy something with money? Did you go to the home improvement store to buy paint? Did you cook or keep score while you played a game? That is all math. Useful - right?

Ask yourself or your students, "What would happen if suddenly there were no numbers?" To find out, read

*A Day with No Math* by Marilyn Kaye, published by Harcourt Brace Jaovanovich, Inc. in 1992. It is a great read aloud book. In the mean time, I will post some helpful ideas about teaching/learning math, AND, if you continue to check back, you, too, might start to like the subject.