Holidays are a great time to learn how math relates to the real world. Math is everywhere! Help your child understand how we use math in our everyday lives by taking advantage of the many great opportunities to practice math naturally!
Below are a few ideas to get you started:
- Baking Christmas treats and cooking your favourite meals may involve weighing, measuring, ordering, estimating, adding, multiplying
- Restaurants and shopping can involve money, number identification, estimating, adding, subtracting, division
- Parties can involve matching numbers of people to plates, cutlery, area of tables, and estimation of food.
- Trips can involve time, distance, budgeting, speed, evaluating various routes, license plate games (e.g. adding or multiplying the numbers on the plate)
These ideas all demonstrate how much math is involved in our daily lives and will support your child in his or her basic computation and problem-solving skills in natural, fun, and real ways!