Love is in the air, and at Mathnasium, we're all about spreading the joy of learning, especially when it comes to math! As Valentine's Day approaches, we've found a unique way to intertwine the world of numbers with the season of love.
Last blog post we spoke about Math 2.0 Day, which is observed on July 8 of every year and celebrates the subject of math, without which life would be much more difficult. This blog post we will be sharing with you how to celebrate math all month long.
Celebrate the day by encouraging people around you to know the significance of learning math. On this day you can solve fun mathematical problems with your children. Encourage and teach your children to use math in practical life. Below are some additional ways you can use math this summer in celebration of math:
Go on a Shape Hunt Go on a shape hunt around the house or in your community. What shapes can your child find? Look for circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, cubes and cylinders.
Do projects with your child Bake cookies or work on a home improvement project. Real-world applications of mathematical ideas, especially measurement, are everywhere!
If you are baking cookies, count out how many cups of flour you need (with young children). Older children can discuss fractions, or have them figure out what is needed to make a double batch or to cut the recipe in half.
Sidewalk chalk math Use sidewalk chalk to draw shapes and numbers on your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your home. Then, play a game with your children!
Call out “square” and ask your child hop to it. Then, ask your child to twirl to the “circle.” You can do this with numbers as well. Ask younger children to “get to 10” and older children to find the answer to “three plus four equals”!
If going outdoors isn’t an option, use construction paper to put numbers and shapes around your house.
Play strategy games with friends and family This is a great way to spend quality time. Games we love include Rummikub, Crazy Eights, Monopoly, Jr., Yahtzee, Chutes and Ladders, Uno and other classic board and card games. Play as teams while learning so you can talk about strategy and then move onto playing individually.
Another way you can celebrate math this month is by making sure to stop and say thank you to the people in your life that use math everyday. Mathematics is one of the most important fields in the world today, and just about everything we know and love is built on its back.