Thursday, March 15, 2012

Confessions of a Math Shirker


Yesterday was Pi Day. 
Did you know?

We don't know our Pi days, our prime numbers,  
or the square root of umpty-three. 
Is that such a bad thing?

PIE Day, now, that would be memorable.
Not a hard day to celebrate. Yum!

Or Color Day. 
Or Dictionary Day! 
But this post is really about confessions of a math shirker... 
and resolutions.

It's one of my New Year's Resolutions, see:
A resolution to add math as one adds vitamins, 
but to add it creatively, 
as one adds air and water and beauty. 

(How does one bring in math beautifully? )
Ideas, anyone?

Measuring snow

The kids loved sticking rulers in the snow
and recording their data in a soggy notebook.

Birdy - a little brown bear at the start of our adventures, 
and polar bear by the end.

Did they absorb a love of math?

I don't know. I got distracted making lunch. 


Popcorn math

We added handfuls of popcorn together, and ate our sums.


Jellybean Trees
This one was a big deal,
as we don't see much sugar around here.
I wrote out rows of addition (fact families)
that equalled 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
The girls had to write out the answer,
then put that number of jellybeans in the square.
Reward: eating jellies!

Math Pillow


For our pal Kenna's birthday, we made
a Wee Wonderfuls flannel dolly pillow.

It works like an old-fashioned flannel board, only cooler,
because clothes get stashed in the back pocket and well,
because it's just so dang cute.

(Her spa outfit. With cucumbers.)

The girls loved it.

So I thought to myself, "Hey! Why not numbers?"

Perhaps not as fashion-friendly,
but when they get tired of all that arithmetic,
(or, dare I say...bored?)
they can take a nap on it.

And Now.... 
for the Winner of the A-Z Mystery Contest!

For this Worthy entry :
ONE, ELEGANT, AZALIA, FLOWING, AZIMUTHALLY 
(Azimuthally!)

I choose Jan Morrison, intuitive writer pal - 
for her clever gusto. 
Jan, I can only imagine how enjoyable and mind-blowing Scrabble games with you must be! 
I shall contact you for mailing details soon!



Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
And Happy Pi Day! 

7 comments:

Marion Ruybalid said...

Wow, what a great idea...I love the pillow for math and the doll is just brilliant! You are so good at coming up with fun ways to learn. I love reading all about them.

Candy Lynn Fite said...

Faith, I love your Math pillows! How wonderfully creative!!! And, the Spa Girl w/ cucumbers...love it. :)

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Great post, Faithy. Charming pillow people. I think I will go put cloth cucumbers on my tired eyes to see if it helps.

Faith Pray said...

Thank you, Marion! I doubt our outside-the-box learning ideas equate to anything "important" or academically outstanding, but if my kids discover a love of learning, then I'm okay with that.

Faith Pray said...
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Faith Pray said...

Candy Lynn, thank you! I have tried to comment on your blog and have run into some trouble. I hope it works itself out, but if not, know that I enjoy your posts as well!

Faith Pray said...

Richard, Dad, The Great Wazo... Cloth cucumbers have long been used to cure headaches, The Gout, and knobby feet. Good luck!

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