Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Math is Real Life {Time Change}

Today I'm linking up with a monthly REAL WORLD math linky hosted by 4mulaFunFourth Grade StudioTeaching to Inspire in 5th, AND MissMathDork!

I am definitely a math dork.  I love it.  When I was a little kiddo I would do extra math problems for homework at night.  Just ask my Dad- he thinks it’s hilarious and makes fun of me for it all the time J 

Living in Spain can sometimes be very inconvenient.  I have family and friends all over the world and if I want to talk to them, well, I need to use math.  My mom and dad and best friend all live on the East Coast and so they are 6 hours behind us.  I always need to subtract 6 hours from our time in order to find out if it’s too early or late to call them.  Then, my brother is in the Central Time Zone, so he is 7 hours behind us.  So that’s more math if I want to call him!  If I want to talk to my friends from Colorado, I have to subtract 8 hours.  And the most crazy one of all- we have two amazing friends who are teaching in South Korea right now.  You can read all about them here.  But they are 13 hours AHEAD of us!  So if we want to talk to them, I have to do more math!! 

It’s such a simple thing, calling your family, but it can really present a challenge.  I loved talking to my mom on the way to or from work back in the States.  Well now I can only call her after and it’s always her lunch time, not the best time for us to catch up.  I’m hoping we’ll fall into more of a routine soon! 

Math is around us all the time!  There you have it- that’s how I am using math every single day! Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to link up with these wonderful bloggers!


  1. Love it! A great friend of mine lives in Bermuda and I always need to keep that time change in mind. My mother-in-law is in Hawaii right now and I hope she is having fun--and doesn't call me when she gets in from her dinner cruise! Thanks for linking up!

  2. LOVE this real life example of math! I live in Michigan and my best friend lives in Hawaii. I always have to stop and think what side of the time change we're on before I can do the math to call her because they don't change time, so sometimes they are 5 hours behind and sometimes they are 6. Ugh.

    Have you read the children's book "Math Curse" by Jon Sciezka? It's GREAT.


  3. Such a great example! I sure I get to experience this for myself someday... I would LOVE to visit Spain!!

    1. Come visit anytime!! I can show you around our pretty little island :)

  4. Kelly Anne, I LOVE this post! It's so hard keeping up with time zones ESPECIALLY now with daylight savings and how some places don't recognize it! Thank you so much for linking up with us! I hope you join us next month as well!

    Mathematically yours,
    Jamie aka MissMathDork!