Hands on Math | W19

Ages: 5-7
Day, Time: tuesdays 1:15-2:15
Location: cafe


Marcia Miller

Marcia Miller is a longtime homeschooling mom, unschooling advocate, gardener, and math enthusiast. She has a background as an elementary and middle school teacher, a masters degree in reading and language arts, and spent the past couple years working at an outdoor preschool.

Marcia loves to grow things like flowers, berries, fruit trees, and all kinds of vegetables. She has experimented with a variety of gardening styles and methods including square foot gardens, farm-style row gardens, raised beds, perennial garden landscapes, and integrated kitchen gardens. Marcia also loves playing with mathematical ideas, games, numbers, and patterns. She is a much-loved math resource for homeschoolers throughout the Seattle area. You can read more about her family’s homeschooling and gardening adventures on her website and blog:



class description

Do you enjoy patterns, shapes, numbers, games, stories, and hands-on activities? Join us as we explore a variety of mathematical ideas with materials such as pattern blocks, Cuisenaire rods, square color tiles and cubes, geoboards, two-colored counters, cards, and dice. We’ll play math games, talk about numbers, solve problems, read math-related children’s books, and have fun together!

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

  • An interest in numbers, arithmetic, and thinking about mathematical story problems.
  • An ability to think about and solve simple arithmetic problems.
  • An ability to work with and alongside others, and listen to others as they share various problems and problem-solving ideas and methods.

The ability to write numbers and a few words of their own will be helpful. An interest in listening to stories is important, however, all books and stories will be read aloud by the instructor. While listening to stories, and posing and solving problems, we will record numbers or draw pictures to illustrate a problem and write simple, related descriptions. If a child is uncomfortable with written numbers or words, this will be a safe place to explore those possibilities or to rely on the instructor or others to get words and numbers on paper as needed.



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parent involvement:

Parents welcome.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.