Hands on Math - Laundry

Durning an extended stay, while traveling with my husband for work, we had the opportunity to do laundry in the hotel.

Exchanging coins with the lady at the front desk turned out to be an excellent math lesson for my children. They were 5 and 7 years old at the time. It had such a big impact because we only needed a few quarters. One day I gave one child 25 pennies and the other two dimes and a nickel. They were stunned when they received only one quarter each in the exchange. On the second day we did laundry they each exchanged a one dollar bill. I love how life, math and homeschooling lessons present themselves.

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  1. Excellent!:-)Quite often it is the hands on life lessons that provide the biggest impact. I have also found that trips to the grocery store can incorporate a lot of subject areas as well. Geography, nutrition, math, science.......Geez, no wonder it takes so long to get the grocery shopping done!LOL

  2. Yes it is funny - mine still think quantity is better, so would rather have 10 2pence pieces than a 50p coin! Every day maths is a useful tool.

    Thanks for sharing on fun Sparks

  3. This is a simple and fun idea! Just stopping by from Trivium Tuesdays!

  4. Love this way of teaching through life...so much more meaningful! Thanks for sharing this simple reminder with us at Trivium Tuesdays!


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