Caribbean Feast Math in Menlo Park

One of the most popular restaurants in Menlo Park is called Back A Yard. It is a Caribbean American grill restaurant, and its goal is to make the meals the same way they are prepared in the Caribbean. Caribbean food is typically made of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Back A Yard in Menlo Park primarily focuses on recreating Jamaican food. They have a huge menu so everyone will be able to find something they like. Be sure to take your child for a treat and reward them by going to Back A Yard after their session at Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium. Not only will you and your child enjoy a delicious meal, but going out to dinner is a great way to quiz your child on his or her math skills. Here are some problems you can ask your child as you wait for your meal:


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  1. You order the Jerk Chicken ($9.75) and your child orders the Barbecue Chicken ($9.75). Both of you also order a soda ($1.85 each) and corn bread to share ($2.00). For dessert, you share pecan pie ($3.75). How much do all of the meals cost together? How much is the tip? How much is the tax? How much does everything cost including tip and tax? If you pay with a 100 dollar bill, how much change will you receive?
  2. Back A Yard Grill in Menlo park is approximately 5.2 miles away from Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park. If you drive there after your session at an average speed of 45 miles per hour, how long will it take to get there?
  3. If your car drives at a rate of 9 miles per gallon, how many gallons will your car have used on your drive to the restaurant from Mathnasium.

Both you and your child will enjoy a delicious meal as well as practice math skills if you decide to go to Back A Yard Grill!

If you liked these math problems and want to learn more about math tutoring in Menlo Park, visit Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

Fractions in Menlo Park

Book Recommendation for Your Menlo Park Child

What is greater than 0 but less than 1? Well, the number is going to be a fraction of course! Fraction Action by Loreen Leedy is an absolute winner when it comes to getting your child to understand what fractions are, how to get them, and how to solve them. The visuals will help your child form clear images in their head of fractions. You may not know it, but your child probably knows some fractions already. If they eat half of their peanut butter and jelly sandwich, they may be more familiar with halves than they know. It isn’t as scary to think of fractional numbers once you can recognize real life examples of them! This book will walk your child through basic fractions, starting with one half and working their way up to fifths. The book provides tons of examples of each fraction. Your child is bound to gain tons of fraction knowledge from this book! Fractions will be an incredibly important skill for your child to master in mathematics, so start now and pick up a copy of Fraction Action at Kepler’s in Menlo Park or Barnes and Noble in Redwood City.

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To learn more about math books and other math learning techniques, visit Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

Thrift Shopping Math in Palo Alto

Thrift shopping has become increasingly popular all over the world. One popular place to go thrift shopping in Palo Alto is Goodwill. The closest Goodwill is at 4085 El Camino Real.

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Going thrift shopping means that you are buying used (and heavily discounted) clothes and other items.  Aside from getting some cute clothes, thrift shopping is also a great chance to practice math skills. Here are some ways to have fun thrift shopping while working out your math brain:

  1. While waiting in line to pay, add up the cost of everything you are planning to buy in your head. Once you find the sum, calculate how much everything will cost with tax. Then, try to figure out how much change you are going to get. If you got the right cost and change, good job!
  2. Goodwill is 1.4 miles away from Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium. If you drive right after your session at an average speed of 35 miles per hour, how long will it take you to get to Goodwill (assuming no traffic and no red lights)? If you bike to Goodwill after your session at Mathnasium at 9.4 miles per hour, how long will it take you to get to Goodwill?
  3. The first thrift store opened in 1899. How many years has it been since this store first opened?
  4. One of the first thrift stores opened in Broad Street, Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is approximately 5,317 miles away from Goodwill in Palo Alto. How long will it take you to get to one of the first thrift stores from Goodwill if you take a private jet whose speed is 580 miles per hour?

Thrift shopping is a great way to get some discounted goods as well as practice money math and other types of math facts.

If you liked these math problems and want to learn more, check out the website for Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Money Math in the Bay Area

Is your Bay Area child struggling to learn how to count money? Could they use extra practice with a skill that will be valuable for the rest of their life? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Pigs will be Pigs by Amy Axelrod is the right book for you! When the Pigs are hungry, they go to the fridge but find that the fridge is empty! Mother Pig hasn’t been to the bank recently so the pigs need to find more money before they go to eat out at a restaurant. They search the entire house and find money hidden in random places. Help the pigs add up the money and see how much money they have! The pigs gather their money and head to a restaurant. Your child find the total amount of money the pigs collected and then find how much money they spent on their meal. I recommend Pigs will be Pigs to all children in the Bay Area and the Silicon Valley who are learning how to count money. Check out Pigs will be Pigs at your local library in the Bay Area or purchase it at the nearest bookstore! You won’t regret reading this book with your child.

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For more information about math help and book recommendations, check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

Counting to Big Numbers in Menlo Park

Has your Menlo Park child ever wondered how big is a googol? A googol is a number with 100 zeros. Can you imagine how large that is? I could hardly picture it, but with Can You Count to a Google? by Robert Wells your child will learn to visualize the size of gigantic numbers. Can You Count to a Googol even provides examples of when numbers that large would be appropriate to use. Starting with one and building up to a googol, your child will learn an incredibly large amount about incredibly large numbers! If you begin with one and multiply by ten, you will get ten. And if you keep multiplying by ten the number will grow rather  quickly. Before you could believe it, you will have an enormous number that is so huge you can’t even imagine it would be useful for any purpose. But Robert Wells will explain why it’s important in this book. I recommend Can You Count to a Googol to all children who are learning about large numbers and are curious about thousands and millions. If you live in the Bay Area, head over to Keplers in Menlo Park or Books Inc. in Palo Alto to get yourself a copy of Can You Count to a Googol. You won’t regret it!

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For more problems and information about math in and book recommendations, check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.

International Children’s Book Day in Menlo Park

April 2nd marks a very important day in history. It was this day in 1805 that Hans Christian Andersen, the beloved Danish writer of fairy tales and fables, was born. On this day, kids in Menlo Park and everywhere else in the world compete in writing competitions and read children’s stories and fairy tales. At Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium, we highly encourage children to read. We even have a huge list of books that are not only fun to read, but also help improve one’s math skills. These book suggestions are found on this blog.

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Portrait of Hans Christian Anderson by Constantin Hansen

What Makes Hans Christian Andersen So Special?

You and your Menlo Park child might be curious as to why the International Children’s Book day is celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birth. H. C. Andersen wrote some of the most famous fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and many more. So, make sure to take your child to your nearest Menlo Park bookstore or library to get one of our recommended math related children’s books.

Here are some math related questions to ask your child on this unique day.

  1. Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 and died in 1875. How many years did he live?
  2. If you read at a rate of 2 pages per minute, how long would it take you to read a 365 paged book?
  3. One of Menlo Park – Palo Alto Mathnasium’s recommended books costs $8.75. Tax is approximately 9.25%. How much will the book cost with tax? How much change will you get back if you pay with a 20 dollar bill?


Clearly, today is a great day for your child to read and brush up on their math skills.

For more problems and information about math tutoring check out Palo Alto – Menlo Park Mathnasium’s website.