Take advantage of the Holidays

It’s that time of the season!   Kids are getting numerous days off school with the holidays, snow days, sick days off.  Everyone needs a break of course, but some kids get sucked into the electronic world of texting, movies, cartoons, and gaming.

I have found with my own school aged kids that girls are very much self-motivated to keep on learning.  For some boys,  Lego and computer time takes over their time.  I actually, banned all electronic games in my household.  I encourage my son to work on the things that are giving him the most difficulty right now : writing and math Olympiad.

As Mark Twain said, “Eat that frog first”.  There’s no frog eating at my home, but we are working on getting the hardest school work out of the way early in the day.  Get the hard things done, hard writing assignments, etc.  then enjoy your play time or outdoor hangouts with friends.

This holiday we are starting to prep for the Kangaroo Math Olympiad.  If you have not heard of this competition, check out the Kangaroo Math site.  This is an international math Olympiad that takes place around the world in late March.  Practicing the test questions is a great way to enrich your in-home math curriculum.  Math Olympiad questions are on par with international math standards (which unfortunately are much more advanced than the U.S. math curriculum).

Enjoy these free Math Olympiad Practice Questions:

Thirteen children are playing hide and seek. One of them is the “seeker”. After a while nine children have been found. How many children are still hiding?

(A) 3  (B) 4  (C) 5  (D) 7  (E) 22

Today, Betty added her age and her sister’s age and obtained ten as the sum. What would the sum of their ages be after one year?

(A) 5 (B) 10 (C) 11 (D) 12 (E) 20

On Friday Dan starts to paint the word BANANA. Each day he paints one letter. On what day will he paint the last letter?

(A) Monday (B) Tuesday (C) Wednesday (D) Thursday (E) Friday

A dragon has three heads. Every time a hero cuts off one head, three new heads emerge. The hero cuts one head off, and then he cuts off one more head. How many heads does the dragon have now?

(A) 8 (B) 7 (C) 6 (D) 5 (E) 4

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