# Counting steps

From mid-June to mid-August, we fully switched to a Summer gear. Initially, I had in mind to formally review what Rosie had studied in Math in 1st grade, but I quickly realized that what our family needed the most was free play. So instead of having formal math sessions, I tried to do math on the spot. And I noticed that there was a little device around my wrist that would give me plenty of opportunities to do so. Nope,  it is not my watch. It is my step tracker. In case you are addicted to have one too, I am sharing a few examples of how I have used it for a daily dose of math with the kiddos.

• Reading 1 to 5-digit number: as the day progresses, steps are adding up. Rosie enjoys checking the steps throughout the day and saying out loud the current number of steps.
• Estimating how many steps to go from one place to another.
• Figuring it out how many steps are needed before Mom reaches her daily goal of 10,000 steps
• Depending on the tracker, you can also connect steps and miles. How many miles to go to the park, Tom?

You may want to give it a try, it is fun. And this week was quite exciting. The device keeps track of all the steps taken from the day you start wearing it, and gives Badge for significant milestones : 50,000 steps, 100,ooo steps, etc. And here came on Monday the badge for 1 MILLION steps. Now, I don’t know if it is the association of a “million” with something meaningful to them, but the kiddos were speechless. I would have never guessed that my tracker would give them so much excitement. A million steps? A MILLION? Can’t wait to reach a billion :-p

#### 2 responses to “Counting steps”

• seaanemonesite

What a super approach! So many great and fun ways to get at many important math concepts. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 7:29 PM, How I help my elementary children with Math… wrote:

> Journey2helpchildrenwithmath posted: “From mid-June to mid-August, we > fully switched to a Summer gear. Initially, I had in mind to formally > review what Rosie had studied in Math in 1st grade, but I quickly realized > that what our family needed the most was free play. So instead of having > forma” >

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