Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Valentine's Day is a perfect holiday to theme your math work on. From fractions to computation, hearts and love are always fun additions to homeschool work. Try one or all of the ideas listed below to challenge your homeschool valentine:
1. Find the area and perimeter of a heart.
2. Graph a bag of conversation hearts, using a bar or circle graph. Figure out how many hearts there are of each color and saying.
3. How many lines of symmetry can you find in a heart, square and a circle?
4. Make an Estimation Jar- Using either red cinnamon hearts or conversation hearts, fill it up with an amount of candy hearts. Next, have your child guess the amount. After the guessing is complete have your homeschooler(s) count the actual number. Determine the difference in the actual number and the estimated number.
5. Create paper hearts with your child and use them for a variety of math games. Utilize these hearts as manipulatives, number matching (match 2 hearts to the number 2), multiplication problem factors or finding equal heart sizes (you would need to cut a variety of sizes, at least two of each size for this).
6. Challenge your child to order paper hearts of various sizes into biggest to smallest or smallest to biggest. If you cut paper hearts out of a variety of colors have your homeschooler create patterns with the hearts.
7. Make your own heart shaped puzzle. Cut out one fairly large construction-paper heart shape for your child. Cut the heart into random shapes and put it in an envelope for your child to assemble. Younger children will like a math puzzle.
8. Have a heart scavenger hunt for your homeschooler(s). First, cut out ten hearts and write a word or computation problem on the front of each heart. Next, write a series of clues on the back of each heart. Then hide each heart (with the exception of the first one) in the order needed for your child to find each problem. After your child gets the problem correct you can let them read the next clue on the back of their heart. A cute reward can be a small box of Valentine chocolates.