The biggest news around our house lately is that our little man (Noah), who turns 11 months old on January 12th, is speed crawling and acting like he could learn to walk at any time. What an exciting and crazy time! What that means for us is that we need to baby proof our house ASAP because you can't have a toddler running around with free access to the stairs.
Here comes the math! The first thing we had to do was use a measuring tape to measure the entryways that needed to be blocked off. That part wasn't too hard. We just made sure to measure EXACTLY from one side of the stairway to the other (no rounding to the nearest inch or 1/2 inch).
My hubby measuring the entryway. It was 35 1/2 inches wide.
Target, here we come! We shopped around a bit online and found that the one below.
We made sure to look at the details mentioned in the description just to make sure the width/length was wide enough.
The gate will extend to 38 inches, but we only need 35 1/2 inches, so we are good to go!
I have to admit, it took me awhile to fully understand how to properly use a ruler growing up once I was required to measure things to the 1/4 inch. So, I came up with a visual to help my students understand how to measure to the nearest 1/2 or 1/4 inch.
It takes students step-by-step through the process of measuring an item by instructing them to:
~Find the nearest whole unit (inch)
~Find the nearest 1/2 inch
~Find the nearest 1/4 inch
~Determine if the object is closest to the nearest 1/4 or 1/2 inch
~There is a blank ruler and paperclip on the last slide so students can practice on their own
I still use this process in my head when I'm measuring!
You can pick up a copy of this visual by clicking here.