Our math curriculum, Teaching Textbooks, is the main source of math learning for our older three children. Kindergartener enjoys Saxon K.
But we also incorporate some living math because…
- it’s fun!
- we get to pull out all the board games (e.g., Blokus)
- adding some logic to your day is nice
- baking something yummy is math too
- when the mouse batteries are dead on the computer, we can still get some learning in <——–
Earlier in the week, we made a living math day of it. With everyone together, we:
1. Enjoyed a Popcorn Estimation Experiment from Cindy West’s Loving Living Math. (And afternoon snack). We…
- rolled two separate pieces of printer paper – one horizontally and one vertically
- filled each tube up to the top with popcorn
- wrote down each person’s estimation
- measured the popcorn from each tube
- celebrated – most estimations were correct!
- first, reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
- asking each person to rate the day, so far, on a scale of -2 to 2
- making a line graph to represent our scale
- saying we’d move to Australia 🙂
3. Enjoyed math and science together! Combining nutrition from our science studies and a math suggestion from a free download Cindy shared on her Facebook page, we…
- read and talked about the food pyramid, vitamins and minerals plus proper nutrition in our AiG Science text
- gathered a variety of cereal boxes from the pantry, covering the nutrition labels with sticky notes
- guessed and placed the cereals in order from the one with the most sugar to the least amount of sugar
- peeked and were surprised at our findings
- had the older three children plan the meals for the next day, making sure each meal was nutritionally balanced.
How about you? Do you plan living math days intentionally or because the computer mouse batteries need replacing?