Raking leaves parallel lines

Raking can be dreary as we make it out to be. Or not. Credit:

While we’ve been going on a bit about the abundance and colors of falling leaves around us lately, it is a truth universally acknowledged that fall also brings with it the additional (hah!) chore of raking leaves. When working, consider one’s instruments. Rakes have been around for a long time, with records of instruments with […]

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The color notation of fall

Autumn Leaves

Fall is the time when the leaves on the trees change their appearance, transforming the forest into a cornucopia of colors. At Zapzapmath, we like to think that life should be as colorful as our Mathlings (how many do you have in your spaceship?), and fall is the time when nature echoes our sentiment beautifully. […]

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Falling leaves: An estimation

It's that time of the year, folks. Credit: Mutts/

It’s October and we’re well in the mood for fall. Or autumn. Whatever you may call this season, we certainly enjoy the changing of the leaves. Pumpkin spiced lattes and fashion trends aside, there are few better ways of enjoying the fall than to go on a nature walk and watch the leaves twirl and […]

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Solving the adult problem of math anxiety

Ugh. Numbers. Credit: Frank and Ernest

Math and I have never quite seen eye to eye. I got tired of trying to find his x when she had clearly moved on, and when it came to to calculating interest, I just said that it wasn’t my fault I was never as calculative as math was. If I had a dollar for […]

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Independent learners, unite!

We all need a little help being independent. Credit: Mimi and Eunice/ Nina Paley

Remember that first thrill of excitement when you learned something new and that you could achieve it on your own? Now that’s something that we hope our kids experience for themselves, but how might we help them along towards independent learning? As independent learners, the process of acquiring new knowledge or a skill would be […]

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