As we go about our morning routine each weekday to get ready for school and work, I’m reminded that my children are being exposed to math concepts simply by sticking to their routine. Their morning activities allow them to experience sequencing and order first-hand. The same can be said for much of their day – there’s the morning routine, their school day schedules, our after-school routine, and the evening and bed-time routine. Each was implemented without much thought to how math played a role; our routines came about from a need to plan our days and be on-time. Yet, math is definitely present even in such an everyday occurrence.
Exposing your children to math concepts at home is a lot of fun and quite easy to do. Math is everywhere! Therefore, it’s easy to find things that are a part of your daily life at home and expand on the math fun and learning opportunities. Check out these three easy ideas for using household objects for hands-on math fun.
Gender and cultural barriers in math education have lessened since I was a student (and definitely since generations before), but there are still improvements to be made. I earned an engineering degree which means I took a lot of math courses in high school and college. I was often the only female and in many cases, the only person of color, in many of my classes. Rather than discourage me, it motivated me to succeed – not only for myself, but for my future children. I felt a need to push beyond barriers to benefit future generations.
Riding in a car with a toddler often requires a lot of patience. Even brief trips can be full of many questions and sometimes tantrums. But with a bit of creativity, imagination, and silliness, you can turn car rides into a lot of fun and even create math learning opportunities.We began doing on-the-go math when our oldest daughter (now 7) was a toddler and now her younger brother enjoys it as much as does. Math + fun all wrapped up in a game initiated by an effort to keep my toddler entertained and distracted.