We had just finished a Thanksgiving meal last year, and several family members were relaxing on the front porch. I sat on the swing next to my eight-year-old niece. “What interesting things have you been learning in school recently?” I asked. She told me that she had been learning her multiplication tables. As a former math teacher and elementary teacher, I was pleased that she considered learning math to be interesting.

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Evelyn B. Christensen, evelyn.christensen@gmail.com, is a retired teacher and author of thirty-two math puzzle books.

Stephen M. Christensen has coauthored four math puzzle books. He is interested in problem solving and computer programming.

(Corresponding author is Christensen evelyn.christensen@gmail.com)
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