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Everyday maths and fun

January 20, 2016 - family, Home education, parenting

One of my favourite things about home educating the children is being able to spend so much quality time with each of them. This morning I sat on the sofa snuggled up under a blanket next to E whilst he played his Jurassic park game on the iPad. Watching him learn without him even knowing that’s what he was doing. For instance, he had 15,765 coins and he needed to spend 6000 on an infirmary. He knew he would have nine thousand, seven hundred and sixty-five coins left. Or when he needed to buy 3 ferns at 4120 each so he needed over 12 thousand coins but he only 5 thousand. He worked out how many coins he needed to save to buy the ferns. No calculator just all in his head. To him he was just playing his game while I marveled at his maths skills.
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After breakfast we went to a friends house to spend time with them and play in their swimming pool. They all went in for a play, although E only managed a short time he did have a go and I am really proud of him for that. S did a few lengths with her floats and Little S jumped in from the steps a few times, for me to catch her. R was in her element as she adores swimming.
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Yesterday at home ed club we iced biscuits, planted broad beans in plastic cups so we can see them growing and made dens. The children all had great fun charging about playing and at the end of the session they headed out to the park whilst the adults tidied up.
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On the way home E asked how long he could have to play on the PC when he got home. I explained that both E and R could half an hour each before Daddy got home from work. We then worked out how many minutes half an hour is if a whole hour is 60 minutes. E said to me that there are 24 hours in a day then asked how many there are in a night. I explained to him that 24 hours is the day and nights, that in the summer days are longer and nights shorter and in the winter it’s the other way around.

After two busy days we are looking forward to a quieter day tomorrow and the older girls swimming lessons in the evening.

0 thoughts on “Everyday maths and fun

TheMadHouse

I have two children who are ace at mental maths and guess what (I know you homeschool), but they have just taken it out of the curriculum. I am so envious of you haveing a friend with a pool. I grew up with a friend with a pool and it was the best ever!

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Orli D

It always amazes me how, if you choose the right games, the iPads can teach the kids. My youngest learned all his ABC’s from Youtube songs 🙂 and mental maths is so important for real life, it is such a great skill to have. Well done E.

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Kara Guppy

I would love to have my own swimming pool – we would swim everyday. There are some fab maths and english apps for kids these days

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Lucy Dorrington

I love a spot of sneaky maths. My husband got brilliant at Maths as a child by playing darts!

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Stephs Two Girls

Brilliant, wish we had a friend with a pool! You’re right, there’s learning to be done all around us, much better than in a stuffy old school…

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Mummy Endeavours

This is great. I would love to home educate my 6yr old twins in a way. I must look out for some of these apps and download them! Loving the pool, I have a friend with one but it’s outdoor so no good at this time of year hehe x

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clairetiptop

Making maths fun is important I wish this had been done for me as a child x

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