Jana Frank, owner of Mathnasiums in LaGrange, Oak Park-River Forest and Mount Prospect
Mathnasium of Chicagoland
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On the road during a car trip:
- While on a road trip - kids can learn directions from signs, study directions on map and track car mileage and average mph, etc.
- How much gas will we need and how much will it cost? Have kids figure this out at the pump.
- For an hour, count the number of red cars, blue cars, and green cars and then chart it out. Or take a ribbon and track mileage day by day of your car and add it up at the end of the vacation.
- They can learn to read by reading the street signs, license plates and highway signs.
- Count the numbers on the road signs (interstate numbers, local road numbers) and add it up.
- Take license plates and have kids count up the numbers on the plates quickly.
On the beach:
- Data collect with shells, rocks - sort and chart by color and/ or shape. Can put it on a board and make a vacation keepsake!
- Draw math equation in the sand and solve it before the tide comes.
At the pool:
- Work on negative numbers- the pool deck is zero, how low can we go?
- Figure out pool volume and depth.
On the plane: