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Opportunities for Problem Solving and Creative Thinking

In All the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Seuss warns readers of a most useless place, The Waiting Place.  However, families can turn those 5 to 10 minutes into opportunities for thinking and learning together.

The world is full of mathematical examples.  For instance, you could ask how many rectangles are in these French doors.  A kindergartner may count each windowpane and say 20. An older child may also recognize each side of the door is also rectangle then combine panes by pairs as well as groups of 3, 4, and 5 to eventually discover even more.  Don’t worry about a right answer; it’s the thinking that matter.

How many rectangles are in these French doors?

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