My daughter has been working on reading time at School. When we did one of our WedWoPro problems on time (here), I could tell that she was quite curious about it. She started asking questions about clocks: do they all have numbers? Do they all have 2 hands? Are they all round?
Why don’t we go on a field trip, Rosie?
Now, hearing “field trip” always works like magic with my kids. When? Where? What do we need to bring? Could we have a picnic there?
Saturday. Craft store. Camera. Well…
If your child is talking about time, give it a try. It is a lot of fun, and of course, any store with a large selection of clocks will do.
We saw numerous of clocks …
… found additional topics to discuss… (e.g. How about these, Rosie? How do they relate to clocks ?)
… and as often with field trips, unexpected moments of excitement… a number line, right in front of us (I know, looks more like a ruler to me, may be time to find an activity to connect number lines and rulers 🙂
We ended up with the plan of making our own clock. A Summer project, I reckon.
We sure will continue our exploration of time, who knows where it is going to take us.
Spotting anything related to Math, and take a picture of it : “Click” is a quick picture-post to help you show your kids that Math is indeed all around.
Who hasn’t done that as a kid? How old was the tree???
Quick post to complete what I wrote earlier this week (here). Somehow I forgot to include another relevant book about money. Let me address that.
Indeed, the book “If you made a million” (by D. M. Schwartz and illustrated by S. Kellogg) provides a nice support to extend the discussion my child and I started with Dollars and Cents for Harriet (B and G Maestro). It goes from coins, to bills, to checks, or how $10 could be paid through 1 ten-dollar bill, 2 five-dollar bills or… a 5-inch pile of dimes. It even includes bank accounts and interests, as well as choices you have to make when you have money (e.g. spending, saving, both).
Another great resource to explore money !
I often wondered the best approach to talk about time with my young kids. Until I saw a birthday celebration at my son’s Montessori School.
A representation of the sun is set up in the middle of the carpet. The birthday child holds a representation of the Earth. And starts walking. First rotation around the sun, first year, second rotation, second year, and so on until the child has had the Earth rotated around the Sun the number of years that has passed since he/she was born.
Years. Month. Weeks. Hours. Minutes. Second. All, somewhat connected to our Sun and dearly Earth.
Both of my kids have been quite receptive to this concept.
“You mean the Earth has turned THAT many times around the sun since you were born???”
I know. I can’t believe it either.