Math in the Garden

Perhaps you saw the post “Math on His Turf” on Everything Home. In it I shared how I went outside and drilled my 8 year old in mental math calculations while he continued the project he didn’t want to abandon.

Well, today I used another math lesson from the homestead. This is the type of lesson you will find in the upcoming ebooklet Lessons from the Garden.

Our garden rows are 16 feet long. If I plant one corn kernel every 12 inches, how many kernels go in each row? (16) If I plant 8 rows, how many kernels have I planted? (128) If each grows into a viable stalk with 2 ears each, how many ears do I have? (256) Now, how many dozen ears of corn can I put in the freezer? (21) Of course, this is all God blessing and weather cooperating. πŸ™‚

You can modify this to fit your garden. OR you can change the variables just to get more math problems in.

Lessons from the homestead come as we work. We just have to take the time to work them out. When this came to mind, the boy was weeding the strawberries while I was planting corn. I called him over. The parts he couldn’t do in his head, we wrote out with a mud clod on the side of the wheelbarrow.

On another note: have you seen a review for Lessons from the Tree House yet? They love it. Here are a few links. Go check them out.

Blessings to ya,


This post is linked to the Homestead Barn Hop and the Morris Tribe Homesteader Blog Carnival.


7 thoughts on “Math in the Garden”

  1. Great math work in the garden! As a former teacher, I am always looking for real world math skills to develop for my daughter and the students whom I tutor. I am stopping by from the Homestead Blog Hop. Have a great week!

  2. I love the idea of writing on the wheelbarrow with a mud clod! I’m going to try this with my son and spelling (his Achilles heel.)

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