"A good education for every child
does not mean the same education for every child. "
Please use what works for you and your
child and ignore the rest. Every
child is different. If this
information does not seem to be a good fit for your particular child, then
keep looking and experimenting until you find what works.
This Web Page by Pauline
Harding for Art Nurk.
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 Geometry – shapes – spherical oranges, circles of salami, squares
of cheese, cubes of cheese
 Arranging
patterns on the plate alternating tomatoes and onions on a platter for
a party
 Using cookie
cutters to make shapes – which shapes tessellate?
 Counting
everything –jellybeans, carrots, forks, peas
 Sorting and
counting a bag of M&M’s – how many browns? How many oranges? Make a
graph. Now subtract!
 Grouping by
twos or five or tens – each person gets two cookies – how many do we
have? Do we have enough?
 Putting out
a fork for each person, a spoon for each plate.
 Buying
snacks at the pool. How much money do we have? How much do things cost?
How can we get something for each person? What about the change?
 How long
until dinner? How will we know? What does the clock say?
 Measuring
cups and spoons. How many half cups in a cup? How many quarter cups?
 Weight. A
pound of pasta, a pound of butter, five pounds of flour, an ounce of
cheese.
 Adding an
extra person for dinner. How many plates? How many kids? How many
adults? How many in all?
 Subtraction
of cookies.
 Making
patterns on Christmas cookies.
 Making a
food pyramid chart, a chore chart, a what’s for dinner chart.
 Surveying
the family – rice or potatoes? Tallying the vote.
 What does a
hundred look like? A hundred cheerios, jellybeans, chocolate chips. How
many more make a thousand?
 How many
chocolate chips in each cookie? How many in the whole batch?
 Measuring
the temperature of the candy or fudge.
 Estimating
which container has the capacity for the leftovers.
 Dropping
food coloring into glasses of water. Ratio of red to yellow when making
orange.
 Does this
cup hold more or less water? What if we use a shorter, fatter cup?
 If four
people eat one slice of a pizza cut into eighths, how much pizza is
left?
 How can we
make twice as many cookies in one batch?
 Who gets the
first pancake? Who gets the
second? Third?
 Estimating
how many beans in the jar.
Were you right? Count and see!
 Reading
stories about food. Reading recipes. Following the directions on the cake mix box.
 How many
pieces do we need from this rectangular cake? What are the different ways we can cut it?
 If the
muffin pan has four cups in one direction and three in the other, how
many muffins can we make?
 How many
pieces of pizza do you think the people at our party will eat?
 Decorating
round cakes using radial symmetry.
 Using
toothpicks in marshmallows to make geometric models.
 Sculpting
bread dough.
 Dividing the
cookies among the number of kids present. Deciding what to do with the
remainder.
 Half of the
jellybeans is how many? How many is one third?
 Cooking with
metric units.
 Throwing
eggs out the window wrapped in straws and Popsicle sticks and tape. Do
they break?
 Saving seeds
from apples and melons and tomatoes. Sorting them. Planting them – how
high do they grow? Make a chart.
 Cut a stalk
of celery in half at the bottom. Put each end in water with food
coloring. What happens to the leaves?
 Shake the
can of mixed nuts. Now open it.
Where are the big nuts?
Where are the small ones?
Why?
 How much
sugar is in this cereal?
How much fiber? What about that one? Which costs more? Why?
 Sorting cans
and boxes in the cabinets. How do they fit together? Which one is
taller? Cylinders and rectangular solids.
 Properties
of matter: solids, liquids, gasses. Ice, water, steam.
 How hot is
the oven? How cold is the freezer? How do we know? How does it work?
