Math on Planet Smarty Pants
As many of my readers know, Smarty has a high aptitude in math, and we put a lot of emphasis at home on this subject. Next week, I plan to share on how we are going “beyond Common Core” – diving both deeper and further in math than required by the third grade math curriculum. For now I will just say that there is something related to math happening every day in our house – online learning, living math books, solving logical problems or figuring out math squares similar to the one pictured above.
As an After School Link Up host, I am happy that I am not the only one parent with deep passion for math. Here are some great ideas from the last week.
Math at Home from After School Link Up Participants1. There are kids who connect better to screens than to hands-on tools. iGameMom has reviewed a free app that allows to visualize math concepts with number pieces. It looks rather intriguing:
2. Left Brain Craft Brain shared an easy tutorial to make homemade scratch cards to reinforce math facts. The good part here is that you can also use them for older students with more complex facts.
3. You cannot underestimate the power of a good book when it comes to learning math. Waddlee-ah-chaa shares several of these books helping kids learn estimating and problem solving and is giving away one!
4. On the similar topic of estimating, The Gift of Curiosity offers a great idea of estimating a circumference of an apple.
5. Do you have a sports fanatic? Mama Smiles: Joyful Parenting recommends teaching math through sports:
6. Even the youngest kids can explore fractions through manipulatives. Your Clever Monkey used beautiful wooden blocks for hers, but Legos can serve this purpose as well.
7. Practicing math facts is rarely fun, but it is much better through games. Suzie’s Home Education Ideas has a free printable game for practicing multiplication.