Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Exploring Holidays and Spring Break

This is a very busy time of year. You may be celebrating a holiday and on Spring break all at the same time like us. My philosophy is exploring and learning through interactive experiences hence Exploramania. How can you incorporate FUN exploring into your holidays and breaks?

Of course, math is the first thing I think of incorporating into all of our activities with my passion for teaching math through interactive techniques. This can be from counting leftover Easter eggs, grouping them by color or even figuring out the total of all guests through estimation. At our Passover seder, there were fun ways to incorporate math with counting cups of wine/juice, the 10 plagues, four questions, and more.

But, what made our seder the most memorable was not the math but the FUN interactive almost theatrical way we led the seder to tell the story of Passover. A few years ago, we started with some finger puppets and masks for the plagues that are available at this time of year. In the last few years, we have added costumes, hats, large puppets, "parting" of the water, and this year "climbing" Mt. Sinai. Now, we try to add a new little twist each year to make the holiday even more memorable and meaningful to understand the importance of the story. Also, we had ten children between age 3 and 9 attend so it does keep their attention.

During break, we will do some entertainment activities like movies or game places. I will also try to incorporate some fun exploring activities that may be in the backyard to fun with friends. How can you incorporate interactive experiences into your family time during holidays and breaks? Gymathtics is one fun way to keep the kids off the couch while exercising minds and bodies.

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1 comment:

  1. I love that you make math so very APPROACHABLE for your kids! Just yesterday, we mastered the concept of COUNTING here. My two year old could count to 10..but had a hard time transfering that knowledge (just a series of memorized words) to the concept of two apples being "two".