No, I don't mean reading about math. I mean there are some cute books that incorporate counting and bigger numbers which are fun. I prefer to use them in a more practical way... the book box.
Do you have a neighborhood book box? I will admit that ours is a bit lacking in kid material right now. But it provides a fun way to practice some math and gets us out for a nice walk in the process.
Today we found three books we were willing to part with so loaded them up and headed out. We got to count the books in the book box. Today there were twenty-one, not bad. Only four of those were kid books though and only two books were deemed interesting by my girls. We got to talk about if we had three but only gave two, how many would be left. We talked about how many would be in the box if we were generous and gave three and only took two.
I will admit it is a bit more educational the days we find a handful of books to give because there is more ways we can divide it up. But it is a practical application all the same.
On the way back we got to count a few more things along the nature trail and talk about more and less. It is nice to find ways in everything we do to use our math. But my favorite way is with books.
The library has also been providing a good way for my daughter to count higher numbers. How many books did we check out today? 26? Does that match the number on the receipt? (Of course it does because these days book check out is through a drive-thru window, but good practice all the same.)
I'm grateful for books. I'm grateful my girls love books as much as I do. I'm grateful for all the ways we can apply math to our everyday world, especially with things we love. I'm so grateful for a wonderful library system. I'm grateful our neighborhood put in a book box. I'm grateful for a nature trail that leads to the book box to give us an added get-away feeling. I'm grateful to have learned a lot in the last three weeks and to be flexible in our learning style and techniques. I'm grateful for my daughter's input so I can make school as loved for her as it was for me.
How does math show up in your day? What is your favorite way to learn now? If you could study or learn about anything, what would you choose first?
May today spark our love of learning. May we see ways to incorporate learning into every day no matter our age. Have a beautiful day!