One day a few weeks ago, my daughter B was helping me unload the dishwasher and she was working on the silverware. As I glanced out of the corner of my eye, I could tell she was sorting. I didn't notice her organization until she said, "Look, Mommy - tally marks!" I had to quick grab the camera and take a photo. This is a perfect example of a quick little mathematical experience this summer in our kitchen. I often tell parents the small conversations, connected to something within the moment or something of value and meaning to a student is exactly what is needed to help students use what they know and to grow further.