Wednesday, April 10, 2013

 
Apr3_Math1

Did you know that April is a Math Education month? Conveniently, we have a real self-led explosion of interest in math in the house. It was initiated by Papa who started putting these kinds of problems on the board in the kitchen (starting with smaller numbers). For some reason, they really appeal to Anna, and she gets a kick out of solving them and self-checking herself.

Apr3_Math2

While it might look to me that school math curriculum is “marching in place” in comparison to Anna’s actual abilities, I give credit to her teacher who is focusing so much on “math strategies” and breakdown of “complex” (which means two-digit in the first grade) numbers into tens and ones. Anna is quite able to apply this knowledge to what interests her – multiplication and operations with large numbers.

Apr6_Math4We don’t really spend a lot of time explaining and practicing – both borrowing and carryover was grasped after 5 minute demonstration, but we do encourage Anna to do as much in her head as she can and only use pencil when it gets too hard. No calculators are allowed in the house – she is using an erasable electronic writing pad that we got as a gift and that comes quite handy for these mini-math lessons.

Math for Smarty PantsEven with this increased interest in math we were both surprised when Anna found Math for Smarty Pants book (targeted to 10+) and went on reading it pretty much from start to finish. She was especially interested in the section explaining how to calculate the day of the week for any date (I had to print out 21st century modification from here) and in math games like Bagels (except she cannot figure out why I keep beating her). It’s amazing to see my 6 year old taking off with math this way, and I can only hope to keep her interested for the next 12 years or so Smile

8 comments:

Ticia said...

In a few years she is going to love Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School.

Sarah said...

I'm so impressed with Anna's passion for math! That's incredible.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Anna's math ability is pretty incredible!

Christy Killoran said...

I am going to look for that book for Collin!

I love the idea of putting math problems on the board that way!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We have a boogie board that we use for math as well. We were going through so much scratch paper, it was insane.

We're playing around with the Mind Benders series of logic puzzles from Critical Thinking company. Anna may enjoy those.

Joyful Learner said...

Pathfinder Mom - Did you get the dvd series or the workbook?

Joyful Learner said...

We just discovered I Love Math series. They are packed with activities.

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