Getting Our Child Ready for Kindergarten: The Count Down Begins

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If you need some ideas of what math activities to do with your child(ren) at home, go to the header above on this blog and select an age, or topic!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on the comment section or email me at momatlearningmathwithmomdotcom (spelling this all out because of spammers).

If you would like to have a checklist handy for the summer, here are two resources for you to use:

  1.  Summertime Tips for Preparing Kids to Enter Kindergarten from AZ First Thing First http://www.azftf.gov/WhatWeDo/Impacting/Documents/Preparing%20Kids%20to%20Enter%20Kindergarten.pdf
  2. Getting Kids Ready For School With PBS KIDS from PBS.org http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/starting-school/getting-kids-ready-for-school/

Do you also want a chart, or schedule, as a friendly reminder during the summer?  Go to this link to see charts to set up your day by topic for different age ranges!

https://learningmathwithmom.wordpress.com/category/schedule-of-activities/

Something To Think About:  

There are plenty of things at the stores and online that you can buy and do with your child at home.  This blog focuses on things that you might already have at home that you can use, so learning at home does not need to be expensive. From the checklists though, I hope you see that just talking to your children and pointing things out to them about numbers, colors, shapes, letters, and reading to them are just the fundamentals of getting your child(ren) ready for learning.

Remember, learning should not be a race to see who gets there first, it is actually about getting there.  Learning should be enjoyable and relevant to the child’s world.  Once the child sees how math is a part of his/her world, the mathematics becomes that more interesting to learn.

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Preparing for the Winged Visitors Coming Back from the Winter: Pouring, Measuring, Classifying, and Counting.

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At this time of year, it might be snowing where you live, but not here.  The weather is slowly getting warmer and the birds are coming back from homes during the Winter time and they are hungry!  So why not prepare something for them and turn it into a mathematics lesson?

You can either make your own bird feeder and bird seed mix or purchase them from the store.  Get some measuring cups, a ruler/measuring tape, and go outside to have some fun!

First, take a look at the bird seed mix.  What shapes do you see?  Do you see some circles and ovals?  Do you see some triangles, spheres, or curvilinear triangles?  What colors do you see?  How many different types of seeds do you see?  Could you sort them out if I gave you a cup of that bird seed?  How would you sort them?

Next, have your child look at the measuring cup and estimate how many cups of bird seed it will take to fill up the feeder. Remember what your estimate is and now begin to count how many cups of birdseed it takes to fill up the feeder.

Then,  how many inches, or rulers tall, or building bricks tall, or hands tall is the bird feeder?  Where are we putting the feeder and how long of a string do we need?

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Once you have your feeder up, let the fun begin by observing what birds come to use it.  It might take a day, or two before the birds come, but it will be a great experience to see how many birds a day visit the feeder.  What colors do the birds have?  How big are the birds?  How many different birds come visit the feeder?

This whole math lesson may take 5 to 15 minutes from start to finish and it is worth it.  Something very simple and so many mathematical ideas to explore!  Have fun with this and with your child(ren)!

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Something to Think About:  

This activity can be adapted for any age of child and learning stage for the child.  You know your child(ren) better than I do 🙂  So, you may want to not ask so many questions, maybe use three.  If you have older children, they can make charts to categorize and keep track of the kinds of birds they see.  They can also name the types of seeds and birds as well.

Whether or not the weather is right at the moment, the birds will still be hungry and you are inviting the birds to come to you 🙂  The kids and you can even practice different bird calls and whistles by listening to them as well!  Get yourself and your child(ren) outside to explore the Mathematics around you and have fun!

Enjoy!

 

copyright 2017 Christina Grossman. All Rights Reserved

 

Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts: A Shape We Can Find in Nature

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If you have good weather today, go take your child outside and look for hearts!  Hearts actually exist in Nature and are the shapes that will brighten any person’s eyes.  Find hearts in the Cacti, the Jasmine leaves, strawberries, Wood Sorrel, or your potatoes.  The potato is one that my mother found in her bag of potatoes.  It was exciting to have the kids receive this from her. 🙂  Hearts are certainly everywhere.

My children, including myself, have a new tradition of looking for heart rocks, rocks shaped like hearts.  We either keep them to remember our memory together, or give them to each other to show how much we care.  Heart rocks really rock in our family!

 

 

Something to Think About:

When exploring Mathematics in our world, it does not need to be anything formal when we are with our kids.  The purpose is to see, touch, experience, smell, and feel the Mathematics in our world.  Mathematics is everywhere and what better classroom than in the home and outside. 🙂

Remember, it is not about getting to the finish line first, it is about actually getting there.  Whether you are an adult, or a child, it is always a good day to learn the mathematics, especially if it means spending more quality time with your children. 🙂

Copyright 2016 Christina Grossman.  All Rights Reserved