Maria's Math News, April 2015
Various news items and tidbits this month... I hope you enjoy the April math calendar and the video of using pies to calculate the value of Pi as much as I did!
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1. Math Mammoth news
2. Calculating Pi with real piesThis is a neat video, showing how to calculate the value of Pi using real pies (yum!). It might help your youngsters remember the definition of Pi better as they remember the visual pic of pies around the big circle and pies going across.
3. April math calendarI just printed this math calendar out for my girls and they liked it! Something a bit intriguing and fun to look at as the month progresses -- and it can help them to learn a bit of math at the same time. :)
4. Kindergarten math placement test?Someone asked me a question about kindergarten math
Hello! Is there a placement test to see if a child is ready for 1A? We went over the kindergarten review and she did well with that, but I'd hate for her to get started and then discouraged. Is there a kindergarten curriculum that you'd recommend? My goal has been to not do anything formal for kindergarten math, but she wants it and is ready. Thanks!
That is indeed a valid concern. Sometimes children start with Math Mammoth 1-A and there's one topic there that can become a frustration point if the child is not ready for it. It's the topic of "missing items" or missing numbers in addition problems, such as
2 + ___ = 5
The idea is to ask the child to think, "2 and how many more makes 5?"
Or even simpler:
2 + ___ = 3
"2 and how many more makes 3?"
Objects can also be used.
This lesson, "Missing Items," is fairly early in 1-A. You can start with MM 1-A, and if this particular lesson presents problems for your child, then the child is not ready for 1st grade math and should continue studying kindergarten-level math for a little longer.
For a kindergarten math workbook, I'd like to recommend Evan Moore's workbook or Singapore Math's kindergarten curriculum if you want something substantial.
Hope this helps!
24K Gold Music Inspirational/Gospel show, Part 1 — a compilation of segments
This video features the songs "I'll Fly Away", "Glory to God in the Highest", "His Eye is On the Sparrow", (tune of Last Date with gospel words), "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World", "Daddy's Hands", "Home", "Sinner Saved By Grace", "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", and "Precious Memories".
See also part 2 — featuring the songs "Put Your Hand In The Hand", "Amazing Grace", "Safe From All Harm (24K Gold Music's ORIGINAL song), "In The Valley (He Restoreth My Soul)", "Love Will Roll The Clouds Away", "Down From His Glory (set the tune of "Ole Solo Mio")", "My God Is Real", and "Impossible Dream".
That's it this time! I hope you found something helpful.
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