Math Can Be Fun!

By Mrs. Rodriguez

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Many parents have asked me about fun ways to do math at home that will reinforce what they are learning in school. It is a great question! Many of us grew up on the old way of learning math…drills. So it makes it difficult to come up with other ways that are fun and engaging for a child.

One suggestion I give parents is to get a clear tub. In the tub start to fill it with different items for math: flash cards, measuring tapes, rulers, small clocks, play dough, dry beans in a plastic bag, measuring cups, and money (coins). The tub will be the math exploration tub. These are basic math supplies that are used in doing basic math. It is how you use them that makes them extraordinary!

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When your student is studying measurement in math class then create a project at home dealing with measurement. Instead of measure lines on a piece of paper to reinforce measurement how about measuring the distance from the refrigerator to their bed. Or the distance from their room to the bathroom. For older kids it is great to go somewhere else to learn. For example one parent in the past took their 7th grader to the park to practice soccer skills for an upcoming game. The student had measurement homework due the following week. They took a yard stick and measured the distance between where the slide was and where the swings were at the park. It got the task accomplished but outside of the school and home environment. Another parent needed a new book shelf for their home office. So they had their child help measure the space where the bookshelf would go. Then he took his child to the store with him to try to find the right bookshelf. In doing so the student had to look at the measurements he took and look at the measurements on the box to see if it would fit.

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How about having a day of food? Your kiddo needs some extra help with learning to count money or making change? Do they need help with fractions? One day on the weekend brainstorm a menu. Decide what you would like to have for dinner together. Together make a shopping list. Then do the grocery shopping together and bring along a paper and pencil. As you are putting the ingredients in the cart have them round the price up or down to the nearest dollar. Their goal is to come up with how much they think you will have to pay. Make sure when you are making the menu to include on recipe that will include measuring of some sort so they can practice with fractions.

One day in class, we were doing math and Christopher instead of doing pattern blocks (he normally likes to do this or his sound breaks after doing some math) he wanted to create homework for his Mom. He loves math time. So I snapped a picture of him doing just that during class.

One day in class, we were doing math and Christopher instead of doing pattern blocks (he normally likes to do this or his sound breaks after doing some math) he wanted to create homework for his Mom. He loves math time. So I snapped a picture of him doing just that during class.

Kids are always asking for computer time. There are so many great sites out there with programs to help support what they are learning at school. Here is a list of a couple:

www.coolmath-games.com

www.mathplayground.com

www.kidsmathgamesonline.com

www.kidsnumbers.com

I hope this gives you some ideas or sparks some new ideas of your own in how to make math more exciting at home.

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