# Math Enrichment Program for Kids May 7, 2018 5:16 PM Subscribe

I remember reading a post some years ago (2-5?) about a math enrichment program for kids. The idea was to teach an intuition and sense of puzzle-solving/wonder around math rather than rote learning. I seem to recall an example being asking kids how they would find the area of a triangle rather than just teaching them how. There was a metaphor about how the way we teach math is akin to teaching music by making kids learn all about scales before letting them hear a single song. Anyone know/remember what this math program was?

I think it was Math Circles. Thank you.

posted by If only I had a penguin... at 8:21 PM on May 7, 2018

posted by If only I had a penguin... at 8:21 PM on May 7, 2018

Not to turn this into AskMe but Jo Boaler has written extensive about fostering a growth mindset in math and moving away from rote math teaching.

posted by Wretch729 at 12:01 PM on May 8, 2018 [2 favorites]

*Mathematical Mindsets*is written primarily for teachers but is very accessible and has lots of examples. She also is part of a MOOC trying to implement this.posted by Wretch729 at 12:01 PM on May 8, 2018 [2 favorites]

The book Family Math supports playing with mathematical concepts.

posted by puddledork at 6:42 PM on May 8, 2018

posted by puddledork at 6:42 PM on May 8, 2018

The Art of Problem Solving and associated stuff is also particularly good.

posted by bq at 12:26 PM on May 10, 2018

posted by bq at 12:26 PM on May 10, 2018

If only I had a penguin...: "

Was it 'A mathematician's lament' by Paul Lockhart?

posted by andycyca at 12:25 AM on May 20, 2018

*I seem to recall an example being asking kids how they would find the area of a triangle rather than just teaching them how. There was a metaphor about how the way we teach math is akin to teaching music by making kids learn all about scales before letting them hear a single song*"Was it 'A mathematician's lament' by Paul Lockhart?

posted by andycyca at 12:25 AM on May 20, 2018

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posted by hoyland at 5:40 PM on May 7, 2018