It's been a month and a half since I started this blog and I'm delighted with the nice reception it's received. Thank you all for the kind comments you've left. I wish each of you a warm, safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy good times with your families. Oh, and it's ok if you don't crack the Math books for a few days!
I've been enjoying the Carnival circuit, publishing articles recently in the carnivals of healing, education, and homeschooling. I particularly like the homeschool community as I appreciate the commitment it must take to not only raise children but to educate them yourselves. And, I imagine, that if Math isn't your forte it can be a challenge to provide that part of the education. I'll be doing what I can to continue writing articles and pointing everyone to helpful resources. That's my commitment as expressed in this blog.
In this week's Carnival of Homeschooling there are three Math articles. Yeah, Math!
While you're all making preparations for the big feast Thursday here are some ideas for sneaking Math into your kids.
- Bottled juice algebra. If adults each drink 16 ounces of juice, and kids each drink 8 ounces, how many 64 ounce bottles will you need to buy given the number of adults and children you'll have Thanksgiving dinner with? How much juice will be left over from the last bottle?
- Time arithmetic. If the turkey takes 57 minutes per pound to defrost how long will yours take to defrost?
- Money calculation. If cranberry sauce cost ____ per pound and you buy five pounds, how much did you spend?
- Ratios and fractions. If you need to mix ___ cups of water with ___ ounces of mashed potato mix to feed 4 people, how much water and mashed potato mix do you need to feed everyone at your dinner table.
- Percent calculation. If everyone uses two forks, one knife, and one spoon, what percent of the utensils are forks? What percent are knives? What percent are spoons?
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!