Math audio by Pam Sorooshian on this page of free presentations: http://aboutunschooling.blogspot.com/2010/04/sound-files-from-san-diego-conference.html
- having an allowance
- saving money
- Play "Penny Dime Dollar" - http://sandradodd.com/coins (scroll halfway down the page for how to play)
- earning money
- figuring out how much they need to get what they want to purchase and maybe when it goes on sale
- selling things whether on ebay or from a lemonade stand or garage sale
- looking up prices for things they are interested in on different websites, stores and noticing price trends
- Building things! Check out some of the ideas in David Stiles books - here are some of them - his other books on treehouses (not the one listed below...different ones) are so interesting to look at! Perhaps inspiring....
- Forts for Kids
- Fun Projects for you and the Kids
- How to Build Treehouses, Huts and Forts
- playing games - So many games involve math!
- An example of using math to figure out something important to a Roblox enthusiast: On Roblox a person in Builder's Club earns x amount of Robux. There are two higher levels of Builder's Club (each progressively costs more money), TBC and OBC. Compare the amount of Robux you can earn on each and decide which one is worth getting if any. How long will it take for me before I will have enough Robux to purchase the item(s) I want to buy?
- Also games like Zoombini's and other online games incorporate math and math concepts.
- Board games too - Monopoly, Sorry, Battleship (grids/graphs), etc.
- Legos!! Fun at any age! People may use symmetry, alignment, mathematics, creativity ---and it's fun! Some people even get paid for their creative lego artwork!http://www.seankenney.com/ (check out his current exhibit!)
- Tanagram puzzles. (We like Trapecolo! http://www.amazon.com/Bamboo-Collection-Color-Design-Trapecolo/sim/B000GDMTKA/2 )
- Tantrix Puzzles
- real life Tantrix puzzles (This one is called Tantrix Match. We just got it and it IS challenging!: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Games-1005-Tantrix-Match/dp/B008M598TO
- online Tantrix Puzzles: http://www.tantrix.com/english/TantrixPuzzlesOnline.html
- cooking and baking, grocery shopping
- Counting whatever it is they need or want to count and dividing (calories, grams, marbles, give the same number of cookies to everyone in the group, etc)
- Here's a real life example of a younger child learning something new: Yesterday we went out for pizza. The pizza pie was cut into 8 slices. My daughter Makana wanted to count how many slices we each ate. There were three of us. She knew she had three and I had two, so had to figure out how many Kanoa had eaten. A learning experience that was meaningful. And she said she already knew 4 + 4 was 8, but now knows something additional.
- Eventually balancing a checkbook or helping and having a greater understanding of the bills and their costs within the household (if they are willing and interested)
- Creating spreadsheets and performing calculations within the spreadsheet
- Using calculators or online calculators
- Building and doing crafts that require straight lines, measurements, angles, etc.
- Traveling and figuring out the distance and how long it would take to get somewhere. Possibly figuring out how much gas would cost or how many meals would have to be bought while being away and then how many should be made. You can compare what you calculate for fuel costs to what GasBuddy calculates for fuel costs.: http://www.gasbuddy.com/Trip_Calculator.aspx). Creating a food or spending budget while home or away.
- using calendars - hang them and use them yourself. Help kids calculate when birthdays or other special events are that they want to know about. Show them. Listen to them when they want to show you or ask you about dates or how long it will be until a special day or event.
- using analog and digital clocks and watches, timers and stopwatches
- Put an analog and/or digital clock up on the wall.
- estimate and calculate time until some specific hour and/or event or seeing you do this
- Give your child tools to measure time with such as an analog and/or digital watch, timer, or stopwatch.
- My brother and I LOVED our stopwatches when we were kids and often timed how long it took to run various distances or do a homemade obstacle course.
- Not only might they like having a watch of their own, but it would give another opportunity to increase their awareness of time and offer a chance to estimate and calculate, plus and most importantly, it is useful!
- Even some cell phones have stopwatch/timer features and a clock.
- Look up stopwatch, the time, or a calculator on the computer.
- When you figure things out, sometimes do so aloud so they can see how the process works. They will learn a bit more each time from hearing what you say and how you figure things out.
- using or seeing you use a sky dial (see below)
It not only gives information about daylight/darkness, sunrise/sunset times, but is beautiful as well..a paper piece of art. John writes on the back of the skydial that "You will see how night and day expand and contract almost like breathing. Also, those special times of the year, Winter and Summer Solstices and Spring and Fall Equinoxes will take on even greater meaning through the Sky Dial."
Though the skydial is calibrated for Boston, MA, it may be adjusted by for other locations.
To purchase a skydial:
John Silverio, 105 Proctor Road, Lincolnville, ME 04849
Phone number: 207-763-3885.
Here is a site to check out:
An interesting and beautiful Multiplication Clock by Robinsunne: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2034/1755671083_759302e0f0.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.flickr.com/groups/robinsunnesmultiplicationclock&h=376&w=500&sz=106&tbnid=RAIHhkQZCioMtM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=122&zoom=1&usg=__BWH-uLM9mDV5taMIt4JpqZTZ4Vc=&docid=L6SrIqyxMWkYXM&sa=X&ei=W8gSUsyzKPK34APdsoHoDg&ved=0CDkQ9QEwAQ&dur=302
- Pam Sorooshian's math page (college economics teacher) - There are great dice games and other info on her site: http://learninghappens.wordpress.com/category/math/ (from this link you can go to other math related posts)
- http://sandradodd.com/math/ is a page to explore with lots of links
2015 note: The Charlesbridge site has changed....it still has some math stories, but I couldn't find many and I could only find one of the Sir Cumference books. To find them, google the author Cindy Neuschwander and Sir Cumference. You may also find them at your library or on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Neuschwander/e/B00699FJ34/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Here is a link to books to do with multiplication -
If you want to find a list similar to this, but on another math related area, google "fiction division books" or "fiction (whatever you want to find out about) books" and follow some of the links.
This is now the link I favor over Charlesbridge (it is listed above, but not with as much fanfare...so now...more fanfare...bells...whistles...check it out...esp if your child would enjoy these kind of stories):
Living Math Forum yahoo group (all kinds of educational philosophies share information and ideas): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LivingMathForum/
Doodling and Origami:
These Vi Hart videos are very interesting: http://vihart.com/doodling/
Npr article on Vi Hart: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/12/16/132050207/this-is-for-the-i-hate-math-crowd-not-after-this-you-won-t#more
Origami Documentary "Between the Folds" - http://www.greenfusefilms.com/
Interesting youtube video about circles:
Video about slicing the Menger Sponge via the Simons Foundation
Online game that truly does help science: http://fold.it/portal/
This is interesting...the Batman Curve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-yAgyrzGdo
Addition practice with Batman (online game): http://www.mymathgames.com/addition/batman/
Pam Sorooshian's blog:
Two links to old blogs that have lots of math game ideas (off the wayback machine) One is Pam Sorooshian's and the other is Danielle Conger's.:
Ko's Journey is an interactive math game (sometimes on sale through Homeschool Buyers Club - Though the Coop offers lots of curriculum type things which I'm not interested in, this looked kind of cool and I thought might be fun.) https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/kos-journey/?source=HSBC-2013-04-01
Fun computer games:
http://www.primarygames.com/ (scroll down to math games)
http://www.webkinz.com/us_en/ (Booger is a fun game!)
http://www.abcya.com/ (some math related games)
Mathisfun.com http://www.mathsisfun.com/index.htm has some puzzles and games (some of the other clickable sections are schooly, but might be interesting to some). Thank you Teresa Robbins for sharing this link!
Johnnie's Math Page has various math games. Kanoa (5 1/2) is into adding up numbers and might have fun playing with some of the simple games. (Found the link through a Clickschooling email on 8/25/14): http://jmathpage.com/JIMSNumberpage.html
Minecraft - http://www.minecraft.net/
About $26 dollars, but well worth it - my three younger kids LOVE this game (ages 12, 8, and 4 1/2)! They’ve made so many connections from playing - drawing maps, thinking logically of how to do things and writing it all out with sketches, writing and talking to other players via skype while playing or typing words on signs within the game, finding out how to make various objects or how to make specific things happen (redstone circuitry), which may include watching tutorials and following instructions or learning how to do technical things like downloading mods to the computer or uploading new skins.
A way to try the game out for 100 minutes or to play an old (build only) version for free: http://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/425381
There have been several blog posts by people who wrote how much learning happened by playing this game.
Blogposts about minecraft and learning: