Posts Tagged “Math”

Geometric Puzzle Fun With ShapeOmetry Game

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Math isn’t the easiest thing… and certainly not trendy either. So no wonder it can be difficult sometime to get our children engaged in activities that are math-focused. ShapeOmetry is a family game, building on logic skills along with abstract and spacial reasoning, and mathematical strategies.

The game is placed solo or with a partner and the object is to solve the puzzle challenge cards as they increase in difficulty level. Each card shows you the exact blue and green game pieces to use to build identical shapes in blue and green. Trust us… it’s trickier than it sounds. Don’t be fooled with the simplicity of design or the preschool colors… this game packs some challenge.

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Speaking of packing… the mesh bag is quite convenient for storage and travel. And as Greg mentions in the below video, it makes for easy beach clean up should you choose to pack it in your late summer beach travels (it’s not too late). Either at home or on the go… ShapeOmetry offers a puzzling good time.

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Pocket Your Math Skills with Pocket Posh Mazematics

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While this is not a sponsored post, it does contain  affiliate links. As always, the opinions expressed herein strictly contain my own.


Math is NOT a “necessary evil”.

While mathematics are essential… and definitely can present the trickiest of equations, it is in no way evil. As parents, we have to encourage our children to view math as a series of puzzles or challenges instead of a chore or a bore. And yes, of course, there will be those moments of tough love, urging our children to just push through 40 problems of practice work… but when you look at mathematics in a bigger picture, with a healthy respect and perspective… suddenly it feels less burdensome and far more manageable… and dare I say FUN!


Math? Fun? How? Where do we find this magical math?

I’m not even sure how or when I got Pocket Posh Mazematics but they are available on Amazon, in several variations, as well as, through the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing. Pocket Posh Mazematics are pocket-sized puzzle books of mathematical mazes. As you work your way around the maze, you are calculating the equations. For a maze lover, like me, Pocket Posh Mazematics is quite entertaining without being a chore or overwhelming. Obviously this math exercise is designed for older math, whereas yesterday’s measurement game, How Tall Am I was geared for the younger mathmagicians running in our circles.


I love that it pops into the front pouch of a bookbag for easy access and travel, or your purse or slide it in the pocket behind the front seats of your vehicle. Convenient, non-overbearing challenges held together in a super cute patterned notebook-like cover. Perfect for stocking stuffers too.

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Last Minute Summer Learning & Summer Brain Drain Challenges

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Try the Train Your Brain series for last minute summer learning.

This posts contains affiliate links and was #sponsored by Train Your Brain, by providing us review copies. The opinions expressed herein are strictly my own.

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Ok, it’s the end of the summer… are you sitting here thinking, “wow, we really didn’t get to library as I hoped” or “oops, we were too busy for puzzles and reading”?  With less than two weeks before Labor Day and the start for local schools, we’ve got you covered. Train Your Brain is the perfect summer series to squeeze in that summer learning you soooo intended to do. Really. There are six books in the series, packed (but not overwhelmingly packed) with puzzles and mind games to get the kids ready for school… while still poolside. Many of the activities don’t even require a pencil, just mentally solve and move on. Very cool as a shared family resource. And kinda fun for the grown-ups too.

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So let’s take a peek at two of the books we were issued for review: Train You Brain – Cranium Crunchers (fitting, right? LOL) and Train Your Brain – Perplexing Puzzles. Each have 84 puzzles that get increasingly more challenging. The books are broken into 3 sections: Super Brain, Mega Mind, and Ultra Genius. Each have a variety of activities, and both books have similar puzzle styles (obviously not the exact same puzzles).

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Here’s what I like most… the puzzles are “doable” meaning not too intimidating and with quick instructions. Some people love a good crossword puzzle… for me, I don’t want to invest that much time into a single puzzle activity. I can’t help but think many children feel the same way… this Train Your Brain, the puzzles are challenging without being overly time consuming. Love it.

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Football Math For Super Bowl Sunday

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Mark Spalding

The time has come. Parties have been planned, exorbitantly expensive TVs have been purchased and Doritos has become the national food for a day. It must be Super Bowl Sunday!


While this day has come to rival that of a national holiday, it can be for some a confusing time. Especially if you’re not a sports fan. Hence, the commercials!! My personal favorite so far is the dober-huahua. I cried laughing. A lot.


For the younger generation, sports can be just as confusing with its myriad rules and regulations. So let me shed some light on the subject, providing some simple math and problem solving situations that might help you come up with some party games of your own! I’ll start with the easy stuff, move to some more advanced aspects of the game and finish up with some Super Trivia Tidbits!


The simplest aspect of the game is where and how it’s played.


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The field is 100 yards long, split into 10 yard increments. The team who gets the ball on Offense has 4 “downs” (individual plays) to get 10 yards. If they do, they get another 4 downs to do the same and so on until they either score a Touchdown, kick a Field Goal, or turn the ball over in one of many ways. A fun game to play with your early learners might go like this; the first play goes for 3 yards. Ask them how many more yards the team will need to get a new set of downs. How many downs do they have left before they run out?


For a slightly more advanced take, let’s think about some simple division. If a team is called for a penalty they are typically assessed that penalty in negative yardage (which is why you will hear things like 3rd down and 15.) But if the team is less than 10 yards from their own endzone (either the blue or red areas in the picture above) and the penalty would technically put them in it, then the penalty will be half the distance to the goal rather than the full amount. So if the team is on the 7 yard line and is assessed a 10 yard penalty that would cause this situation, ask your child what half of 7 is. See if that’s where the ball is placed (Sometimes even the referees can’t do the simple math!).


Probably the most advanced way to follow this game is by following the stats. Stats are king in sports. Who threw more touchdowns, had more yards, more sacks, etc. But a good problem for your youngster to solve is averages. This is a little tougher and often the TV crew will provide the information for you, so you may need to be sneaky and or really pay attention to the game. The easiest way to do this is with the Runningbacks (the guy who stands behind everyone and usually gets the ball handed to him and then…..well…..runs with it!). If the runningback has 9 carries (plays where he ran the ball) and 65 yards rushing, what is his average yards per carry? Like I said, a little tougher, but the math is always there.


So there are just some quick, fun ways to get your child (and possibly yourself) engaged in the game and keep you interested until the next commercial! And now for my favorite part. RANDOM TRIVIA!!!


This year’s Super Bowl is being played at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (which is funny, since both New York teams call this home!). This is the first Super Bowl to be played above the Mason-Dixon Line on the east coast.


Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.


Tickets to Super Bowl I cost $12. Tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII cost on average $1,500.


In the previous 47 Super Bowl coin flips, heads came up 24 times, while tails has come up 23 times. So what’s the chance of hitting heads Sunday? (We hope you said 50 percent.)


The record for longest Field Goal in the history of the NFL was broken this year. Tom Dempsey, kicked a 63 yard field goal on November 8th, 1970. What made the feat remarkable is that he has a club foot and no fingers on his right hand due to birth defects, but held a record which stood for 43 years until Matt Prater kicked a 64 yard field goal on December 8th, 2013. By the way. Matt kicks for the Denver Broncos.

For more Super Bowl fun, check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s special program today:

Arms and Armor Family Celebration, February 2, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Did you know that football players wear armor? This Super Bowl Sunday, learn about modern-day armor from football players and firefighters and medieval armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They’ll even have an armadillo to show armor from the natural world and fencing demonstrations by Fencing Academy of Philadelphia. You can also make your own armor in their very cool, just for families, Balcony Studio. Did we mention it’s Pay What You Wish? Now that’s a deal.

“Pay What You Wish” Museum Admission

  • Balcony Studio Sunday, February 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Medieval and Modern Day Armor Demonstrations 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Fencing Demonstrations Starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Armored Animals from the Philadelphia Zoo  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Fencing Demonstrations  Starts at 1:30 p.m.

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Free printable game day wordsearch provided by my blogging friend, Julie at Julieverse.  Have fun.

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You Be The Chemist Challenge 2013

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Last year Homeroom At Home had the pleasure of attending the National You Be The Chemist Challenge held at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, where we met some of the contestants and their families. Here’s a look back at last year’s You Be The Chemist Challenge.

As this year’s National YBTC Challenge approaches (June 24th), we are excited to learn more about the program, competition and education efforts of the Chemical Educational Foundation. While the national competition holds a lot of excitement, especially since we’re coming right up on the date – the excitement isn’t just getting started, but in fact, students across the US have been enjoying this chemistry program’s fun for months.

So what’s the program if it’s not just competition?

The Chemical Educational Foundation established the You Be The Chemist program as a creative way for educators [note: I include parents in this category] to present and teach concepts of chemistry and science to students in a way that they will not only understand but truly get excited about. The YBTC program consists of the YBTC Challenge (competition), YBTC Activity Guide for educators/parents and YBTC Essential Elements, a hands-on workshop to help teachers enhance classroom experience in using the YBTC program materials.

The Chemical Educational Foundation’s mission in creating the entire You Be The Chemist program was “designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the science of chemistry as it relates to our everyday lives and to the study of other sciences” with goals as follows according to

  • Enhance science education through innovative techniques, such as hands-on activities and chemistry competitions

  • Inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and chemical industry leaders

  • Effect long-term change in the general public’s understanding of, participation in, and general acceptance towards chemistry and the chemical industry

  • Provide opportunities for collaborative initiatives between chemical industry members and the communities in which they operate

The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge engages children in grades 5th through 8th in a peer-based “interactive academic competition in learning important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.” An excerpt from states that the Challenge offers the following benefits:

  • Introduces students to the central role of chemistry in all of the sciences and in their everyday lives.

  • Uses the drama of competition to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

  • Provides educators with an exciting way to educate their students and assess their learning.

  • Encourages parents to participate in their child’s education.

  • Allows industry members to connect with their community and actively show their support for science education.

Sounds like fun – how do you get started?

The Chemical Educational Foundation makes it easy to get connected with an existing YBTC group or to start your own. Click here to find out more information. Note, however, that schools aren’t the only place that groups are formed, but local science clubs or the Boy Scouts are examples of other groups that have taken advantage of this opportunity. Make sure you read the guidelines for competition rules and such. Resources are available by clicking here for the study materials.

What is the incentive for making it to the National competition?

The upcoming National YBTC Challenge will be held again at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. This is an exciting time for the students who’ve won their regional and state challenges and are preparing for this final round. But it is so much more than that… more than a competition on several levels. The students that are participating in the national competition have the opportunity to meet with chemical industry leaders, educators and businessmen and women. They have the opportunity to visit with local science attractions and celebrate their accomplishments in a welcome dinner and a celebration dinner both held at local science museums. The package is an amazing opportunity for those who’ve earned a place at the national competition level – oh yeah – and there are participant prizes!

And what if competitions aren’t our thing or my children aren’t old enough for the YBTC Challenge?

Parents, you can download the material and activity guides (grades K-4 or 5-8) for your own family science fun. Perhaps with a couple of cousins or neighbors – select a few simple projects for the kids to enjoy and learn together. The materials are comprehensive, making the lesson easy with everyday household items and enjoyable for grown-ups and students alike. The educator’s Activity Guide is an excellent resource for weekend or summertime learning fun. I particularly appreciate the section on “Tips for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” as the tips are just as applicable for parents wanting to engage their children in such topics, as well as teachers. Parents, you hold a tremendous amount of influence when it comes to educating your children – I encourage you to tap into that power and see where your collective interests and efforts take you.

In addition, The CEF site offers “Newton & Kelvin’s Laboratory” with interactive web activities, games and online flashcards for the Periodic Table.

Resources for this post include the variety of materials provided by the Chemical Educational Foundation website. This is a non-sponsored post, whereas I was not compensated. All the opinions expressed herein are strictly mine.

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