Math is Everywhere–Check out what you eat

Lots of kids don't think Math is useful in general everyday situations.  I beg to differ– the link listed below lands you on a site that talks about health, exercise and nutrition in practical terms everyone can learn from…and it's full of "math".  When you cruise the site, you might think to print out some of the "papers" so that you and your children can super-spy where the Math is hiding.  Specifically, the following link provides a look into portion sizes:   http://www.kidnetic.com/BrightPapers/?c=Food&p=48  It might make it easier to sense size, volume and value of common foods we eat. 

Although you may not always be tuned in yourself to the many events and information opportunities you have every day, you might try to be on the look-out so you can include "Math" in your day-to-day conversations with your kids.  How about these ideas?:

  • Read the labels (How big is a "serving" really?  Get out a measuring cup and visualize);

  • Get out the measuring tape and scale –how tall are you compared to your weight (how many pounds does one inch of you weigh?);

  • Without using a calculator, guess how much will two tickets to the movies cost (add a child's and an adult's ticket amount to find out exactly);

  • Calculate time–how many minutes do you have to get ready for school (subtract the time wake up from the time you need to be out the door);

  • Create evidence–how many hours do you spend on homework each week (keep a chart and add up the evidence at the end of each week). 

  • What else can you measure, calculate, compare?…before you know it, you're doin' the math!

The more Math becomes relevant and useful in everyday life, the more your child is likely to appreciate learning about math, math problems and ferreting out the answer to story problems.  Life is a story problem–it's handy to be able to do-the-math.   

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