Hi 1A Parents,
I just wanted to share a great math resource that a 1A parent once shared with me. .
Bedtimemath.com seems to be a great (free) website for a little extra “real-life” math exposure and practice. Each day a new story is posted (Great reading practice!) and there are three levels of problem solving to choose from – wee ones, little kids, and big kids. This would be a great activity to add to your bedtime routine for our first grade kiddos and even some siblings - if you can fit it in time-wise, of course!
I’m including an example of one daily story and problems below (The picture of Golden Retriever puppies would not copy into this site but the questions for this particular day do reference it). The level of difficulty does seem to vary from day to day but this definitely would be a fun way to help boost problem solving skills.
We are just loving this dog family photo. Dogs come in all shapes colors and sizes; these puppies are Golden Retrievers. Retrievers are eager, hard workers with a great sense of smell. Dog experts say goldens are also the 4th smartest dog, after border collies, poodles, and German shepherds. So they work as guide dogs, rescue dogs and hunting dogs. And if you have one as a pet, they love to fetch: if you throw something, that puppy will run to get it and bring it back to you. These puppies have far more brothers and sisters than we people usually do, but a mama retriever can have up to 12 puppies at once! That’s plenty of helpers to fetch your Frisbee.
Wee ones: How many puppies can we see in the picture? Look closely!
Little kids: If the puppy who’s hiding was born 5th, how many puppies were born before her? Bonus: If your golden puppy runs 10 feet to fetch a ball and then brings it right back to you, how far did he run in total?
Big kids: Goldens get really sad if left alone for more than 7 hours. If you leave the house at 1:30 in the afternoon, by what time should you be back? Bonus: If a litter of puppies has 15 more legs than noses, how many puppies are there?