Every Wednesday, I give a chance to my child to explore a problem in a way that makes sense to her. And every Wednesday, I share the word problem, and my experience with you, so you can do the same! Click here to start from the beginning ! Hope you join us !
Today was just too beautiful to stay inside. I changed the plan I had in mind, and decided to do math… outside. And I am so glad we did, as my 4 year old son Tom decided to join us for the first time.
WedWoPro #10 – Doing math outside
Walk around the yard, pick up some material, and invent a story that would lead to sharing the material equally.
I am not making a .pdf file this week, the goal is for the child to create his/her own equal sharing problem (i.e. “I have found 4 beautiful rocks. How could you and your brother share them so that both of you have the same amount ?”).
Sharing my experience:
Rosie started by picking 3 leaves, and sharing them among 2 Playmobils. “Once upon a time….And so on and so on… until…. “They had to share 3 leaves, so each one would get 1 leaf. They would cut the last leaf into 2 pieces that are the same size”.
That’s when Tom made his entrance. “I want to do math, too !”
Here came 4 pinecones. And 3 dinosaurs. A story of dinosaurs sharing nicely the pinecones.
Rosie: “Wait ! I know how I can solve the problem ! Each dinosaur gets one pinecone. And there is one pinecone left because I am not sure how to cut a pinecone”.
Tom: “Do you want a saw? We can cut the last pinecone in 3 pieces”.
The intuitivity young kids have in solving problems, away from symbolic, is astonishing. Welcome aboard, Tom.
Until next time !