Math by the Month features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. This month's article considers one way to teach children to be lifelong learners: by applying problem-solving skills and a variety of math concepts at home, including time, measurement, basic operations, and fractions.
Lisa Brooks, Lisa.Brooks@ucf.edu, is a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Edited by Samantha Neff, Samantha_neff@scps.k12.fl.us, a K–grade 5 math coach at Highlands Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida. Email problem collections for the editors to consider as future Math by the Month columns. See submission guidelines at http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM. Email creative solutions and adapted problems to email@example.com for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange in the subject line.