Yesterday we introduce our FREE book of the week GIVEAWAY: The Car Washing Street by Denise Lewis Patrick. Grandson #3 and I read this fun summer book and then headed outside for a quick summer time math investigation.
Step 1 - Pose a math investigation question: How many steps long is the water hose?
Look Grandma, I look just like the picture in the book!
Step 2 - Make a prediction (or estimate the solution): Grandson #3 took a good look at the hose and estimated the hose was 16 steps long.
Step 3 – Investigate question and record data: Grandson #3 stepped off 15 steps. Each step was about 2 feet long. We went back into the house and I asked, “If the hose is 15 steps long and each step is 2 feet long, how many feet long is the water hose?” His immediate response was 30 feet. Since I don’t have what I would consider a mathematical mind, his quick math solutions always shock me. They shouldn’t because he definitely has a brain wired-up for mathematical thinking. In an effort to catch my thinking up to his, I inquired, “Wow, did you have 15×2=30 memorized?” Grandson #3 simply stated, “No, 10+10=20 and 5+5=10, so 20+10=30.” To say the least, I never cease to be amazed at how quickly he can come up with these solutions.
What a great book to read this summer and create two totally different activities. A measurement math investigation for an 8 year old and a motor skills painting activity for a 3 year-old. So whether you homeschool or your children are home from the public school classroom this summer, we hope you enjoy a little reading time with The Car Washing Street and then get outside and enjoy some water play and learning.
Yes, you can do math in the summer. And yes, it can be fun.
So what kind of “learning through play” are you doing this summer?
Or how the heck are you staying cool this summer?
We are GIVING AWAY The Car Washing Street in yesterday’s “at school” post.
More water fun “out in the world” this week.