Now, when it came to numbers, as there was no magical journey to go on and she did not quite find it applicable / useful at that point, she was not interested in wanting to try. Getting her to recite number sequence was futile as she refuses to 'entertain' me to go beyond 20 up till earlier this year. *sigh*
So it became a personal challenge for me to look for fun ways to make Math enjoyable, interesting and applicable. Hence the Fun with Math series was born.
In an earlier Math homelearning post, Dumpling and I had fun with the Supermarket printables which I made. I have always been talking and discussing things when we are outdoors so it is more of an incidental learning approach. So it was time to head out to the "real world" where mum handed over some duties!
Here's 3 fun ideas on Living Math! :)
:: Reading of price tags
I introduced to Dumpling how prices are being labelled where sometimes, decimal points are used while during other incidents, prices can also be displayed like below where the "cents" are underlined.
After reading the price tags, I asked her to go on a mini "hunt" to identify the item with specific value - 90cents, $1.50, etc.
I also took the opportunity to introduce her to the use of a scale and got her to identify the numbers on it and then to add on tomatoes to the scale till it was at 500gm. This allows her to learn estimation as well as to develop an idea how tomatoes of different sizes vary in weight, etc. She had loads of fun with this and could not bear to leave the scale! LOL
:: Handling of money
I started delegating the "coin" duty to her so whenever we are outside, she'd have to help me search for the right coins, add them up and hand them over to the vendor. Mind you, not everyone was so ever patient waiting for the little ones to pass the coins over so a word of caution there!