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Let the countdown to winter break (and 2018) begin!

Temperatures fall, days get shorter, and winter break is right around the corner. And, whether you’re making hot chocolate, cutting out snowflakes, or counting down to a glorious new year—math is everywhere you turn. Welcome to December!

DreamBox has lined up lots of fun and unexpected ways to keep your students engaged and applying the math they learn in the classroom to real-world activities all month long. For example, did you know December 23rd is National Roots Day? Neither did we, but it makes sense: the holiday season is the perfect time to explore your ancestry. Encourage your students to take advantage of upcoming family gatherings to interview grandparents and aunts and uncles about their heritage, and maybe even create a family tree.

Given that our own DreamBox roots are in edtech, we’re especially pleased to note that Grace Hopper’s birthday is this month too. Even though we’re not technically related, her accomplishments in math and computer science make her a kindred spirit.

Among her many achievements, Hopper helped develop COBOL (one of the first high-level programming languages), and invented the first compiler, a software program that translates program source code files into an executable program. She also had a good sense of humor, once taping a dead moth in her computer log book alongside the entry: “First actual case of bug being found.” She and her team subsequently claimed to have successfully “debugged” the machine. In 1988, her log, with the moth still taped by the entry, was displayed in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Computer Museum at Dahlgren, Virginia. As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to smile in December…

If you’re a teacher, download our Math Activity Calendar now and send it home with your students to help cultivate a math mindset outside of school. If you’re a parent, print the calendar and hang it in your kitchen as a reminder to incorporate fun family math activities into your daily routine. Now, let the countdown to a much-deserved and eagerly anticipated winter break begin. Enjoy!

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