Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Learning while wet

She has a hard time remembering numbers, she needs things in her hand or in front of her eyes to help it stick. So today she played in the water. She splashed and dumped and slopped like a three year old but she also got it - finally got it - 8 ounces in a cup, two cups in a pint, two pints in a quart, four quarts in a gallon. Then she took her pencil and worked out problems. She could SEE that you need to divide to find some answers and multiply to find others. It made sense to her. A gallon is divided by 8 to find out how many pints it would take to hold that much liquid. A cup is multiplied to see how many it would take to fit inside that 2 gallon pot.

She plans to spend time later this week measuring out how many tablespoons are in a gallon. I think we'll do that outside where the splashing will water the flowers.

Learning and keeping cool. I like it. More importantly, she likes it.


  1. That's really cool! Sunnyboy has so much fun playing with water too and although he's not measuring gallons and pints yet I know he's learning so much.

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, that was so sweet of you :)

  2. Very cool indeed. How lucky she is to have a mama that recognizes that she needs to touch it and see it to know it and isn't worried if giving her what needs is a little messy sometimes.

    And it sounds like tons more fun than Rock Band, believe me, I know. ;)