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! 

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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