Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIY Math

You can spend a lot on money on math curricula, but Tim and N. have been making up their own.  Most of N.'s math learning so far has been intuitive, experiential, and oral but this year Tim wanted N. to add some written problems to his math repertoire.  For example, the other day Tim asked N. to write out all the ways to make 8 that he could think of.










Here's another example of a "worksheet" they made up together.  The first two lines are problems N. made up and then answered, and then Tim made up some and wrote down N.'s oral answers, etc.

So, several days a week they've been doing this more traditional math practice.  Tim wants to insure that N. develops some test-taking skills by practicing solving math problems in their most conventional form.  And as I wrote earlier this year, cognitive research shows that tests and quizzes are effective in reinforcing knowledge over the long term.  I'd guess that the act of writing the entire problem out, not just the answer, also reinforces learning.

2 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

My number loving son would love this. Yesterday he was writing out his own math problems on the white board.

Fanny Harville said...

M&K -- your posts about the huge variety of math/ number activities you do are a great example of DIY math curriculum; I am always inspired by your ideas for this!