Friday, 22 February 2013

Maths: Estimating for little hands and feet

As a home educator I often find maths workbooks, as I'm sure all other home educators do to, those activities where you estimate how big your school desk is or your play ground or something that just wouldn't be in your home.  I can't tell you how frustrating this is for my Honi.

This is how we get round it.  We cut out a hand and a foot using an old cereal box so they look like this...

 
Then I made this worksheet for her:



Estimate it first and then see how close you are to getting it right.  Remember when you estimate it doesn’t matter if you’re not exactly right, it’s good if you get close though! 

 
Measure
 
 
Estimate how many feet it will take
 
Measure with your foot shape
 
 
Estimate how many hands it will take
 
 
Measure with your
Hand shape
 
Width of a Table
 
 
 
 
 
 
Height of a chair
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measure the height of the
Washing machine
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measure the height of the fridge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measure the length of your bed
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measure the height of the door in your front room
 
 
 
 
 
 
Measure the width of the sofa
 
 
 
 
 

 

She found it much less frustrating than having things on the list that we didn't own in our house that would be found in most class rooms.  I hope this is of use to some of you out there too.

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