Math scores in kindergarten are the number one predictor of all future academic success.

    (Doug Clement, University of Denver)


    What would the world be like if we mathed with our kids in the same way we read with our kids?


    What if I told you that parents in any other country in the world would be horrified if they heard us telling other adults (often in front of their children) that we stink at math (suck is the preferred adjective)?


    What if you knew that the U.S. is 37th in the work in math beyond many underdeveloped countries? (See


    What if you knew that the jobs of the future will rely heavily on math skills?


    What if you knew that the economic well-being of the U.S. and a successful future for our children depends on you?




  • Hello & Welcome!


    I hate to start off with such a downer but this is why I am here. We simply cannot wait.

    The 2015 international PISA math scores are out and once again we sucked (pardon my French). (http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/)


    I read recently that the number one underutilized educational resource that we have in this country is parents.


    We are the only country in the world where parents feel free to say that they suck at math - even in from of their kids - and they think that's OK - like they don't need math.


    We are 37th in the work in math - well behind many underdeveloped countries.


    The jobs of the future will rely heavily on math skills.


    The economic well-being of the U.S. depends upon a well-educated work force, especially in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)




    Imagine what the world would be like if we mathed with our kids in the same way that we read with our kids?

  • The best way to help kids learn to love math is to have fun doing math with them.

    If math is fun, kids will want to do more math. If they do more math they will get better at math.

    Baking activities are fun and teach kids all about measuring.

    When parents have fun "mathing" around the house, kids will see that math is fun.



    According to Sue Shellenberger in her WSJ column, kids can raise their math scores while having fun doing math.



    Math can be done anywhere at anytime, including - at home, after school, in the car, on vacation, and in the summer.






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    Ways to "Math" With Your Kids



    Read Math Literature Books


    This is one of Ethan's favorite books to read.

    Charlotte loves reading math literature books with her Grandpa.

    The definition of math is "the repetition of patterns".

    Dominoes are great teachers of math.

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    Math Activities With Parents At Home

    They are so easy. You look at them, understand what to do with them, and then begin having fun with them. Bonus: Parents will have a much better understanding of the math in the Common Core State Standards of Math (CCSSM) because the activities are aligned with the CCSSM Initiative.

  • # 3 Math Toys

    My children are now 33, 31, 29, and 25 so you can just imagine how many toys we had around the house.

    I wish I knew what I do now. If I had, I would have bought almost every one of Melissa and Doug's toys (www.melissaanddoug)


  • Testimonials

    The following are comments from fans of the Numbers Are Fun! math activity cards. I would love to hear from more you, too! (peggy@numbersarefun.biz)

    "I've been reading voraciously with my daughter Kavya since she was born but did not give much thought to her early math literacy until these cards came along. I so appreciate having this easy structure for introducing important math concepts. They have been lovely companions for car trips, plane trips, and waiting rooms. Not only have they strengthened Kavya's mathematical foundation, but they are fun--she enjoys them so much that she often requests "math cards" instead of a story before bed! Thank you for putting together such a helpful and engaging tool!" ~ Abby L. of Seattle, WA


    "Before we got the cards we did not really do math together. We were a reading family. Now that we have them we consider ourselves a "mathing" family. Thank you Numbers Are Fun! Beth K


    "I think the cards are great, and I wouldn't change a thing. We were able to "math" as a family more readily We are fortunate to have such a good resource."

    Rebecca C. of Winnekta, Il


    "My grandkids want to play math games as well as read." Christine T. of Charlottesville


    "My daughter loves doing these cards. It was the trigger for incorporating math as a specific activity in our house." Susan H. of Gross Pointe, MI


    "We like the idea of "mathing" and like the cards in general."

    Bobbie Johnson, Mt. Vernon, ME


    "My daughter wants to "math" instead of read before she goes to bed. The cards have made such a difference in her attitude towards math." Shannon H., Battle Creek, MI


    "I am able to 'math' more readily because of the cards." Kim A, Chicago, IL

    The Numbers Are Fun! decks of cards are a fantastic tool for learning to love math. Congratulations, Peggy, on creating a product that makes math accessible to parents! Lynn Golden, President of Math Racks

  • The importance of early math has become headline news.

    Experts agree. The #1 indicator of all future academic success is math scores in kindergarten. By helping our kids learn to love math, we are preparing them for the future. The world is headed towards careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ("STEM" fields), and we have created a way for families to embrace this new reality together.


    Families that "math" together, grow together!

  • The Blog

    Things you might not know:

    Why? *The U.S. is the only country in the world that does not celebrate algebra. Other countries understand that algebra is the key to the jobs of the future and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Parents read to their kids but few parents "math" with their kids. ...
  • Click on any of the logos below, cut and paste the URL , and see what the experts are saying.

    Playing family math games together can raise math scores - plus it's great family fun!

    University of Denver Professor Doug Clements is interviewed about his research showing that preschool math is the key to all academic success.

    Christina Tondevold is a revolutionary math teacher who teaches about number sense. Want to do some math Professional Development in your pj's?

    Jo Boaler is a proponent of learning math facts with understanding and without fear. She does not believe in deadly timed tests.

    The Numbers Are Fun! decks  of cards are a fantastic tool for learning to love math. Congratulations, Peggy, on creating a  product that makes math accessible to parents!

    Lynn Golden and her husband have perfected one of the best "mathing" tools ever made. Your kids (and you) will visually see how addition and subtraction work.

    The 2016 international scores have been released and it is not looking good for the future of the U.S. if we want to remain a leading economic power.

    The under secretary of education has charged everyone in this country to be a part of the sea change in math.

    The Erikson Institute is the premier institute for early childhood education in the world. Among other things they have been training teachers in Chicago to teach for understanding.

    This website is full of ideas for doing math with kids. In addition it includes math milestones (what to expect in math development) for children from birth - second grade (age7).

    You will need to sign in to PBS and create a user name and password. Some things are not available but your kids and grandkids will love the games . Peg and Cat are hilarious.

    We are in the headline!!

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