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Before I began teaching,I spent my evenings tutoring my son who had a learning disability. I had no teaching material and so learned to use things out of my kitchen to teach the concept. When I began teaching,I continued to use household items to illustrate the lesson. This site will give you ideas on how to use everyday items to help your child master a difficult concept.

Whether you are home-schooling or just helping your child complete homework, this site will be helpful.

Liquid Measurement

 A concept that is really simple, yet made difficult by the way we teach it is Liquid Measurement.  We usually teach it by requiring students to memorize a chart similar to this:
2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart
2 quarts = 1 gallon

What's wrong with that?  We learned it that way didn't we?  It worked for us, why shouldn't our students or children learn it the same way?  Because there is a much easier way.

Buy milk in different size cartons.  Once milk (or juice) is consumed, wash and save carton.  When introducing the concept of liquid measurement, show and identify the different size cartons to students.  Allow students to fill the smallest carton with water.  Pour the water into the next size carton.  Repeat until the larger carton is filled.  Allow the students to complete the following chart:
? cups = 1 pint
? cups = 1 quart
? cups = 1 gallon
? pints = 1 quart
? pints = 1 gallon
? quarts = 1 gallon

Allowing students to discover the amount rather than memorize a chart is much more meaningful to them.  Other useful objects are measuring cups which are sold in sets.  Again using these objects to complete the chart.

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