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Math in Real Life: Plan a Dream House

One of the best ways to make math relevant for children is by showing them how math is used in real life. In this series, we will share 4 easy real life ideas that you can use with your children to review or teach math concepts. One real life exercise that children enjoy is planning their dream house. Planning a Dream House Have your

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Math in Real Life: Planning a Party

At one point in our life or another, we as adults have been forced to throw some type of party. Maybe it’s a New Year’s Eve party for friends or a birthday party for one of our children. What most children don’t realize is that throwing a party takes quite a bit of math related planning. You can help your child practice using real

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Math in Real Life: Planning a Christmas Budget

Christmas is coming up soon, and one real life math skill that children need to learn is the ability to budget their money wisely. You can combine both of these by helping your child plan out a Christmas budget for the gifts they need to buy. Planning a Christmas Budget Start by having your child list the different people they need to buy gifts

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Fractions Simplified: Relationships

When your goal is to make fractions simple for your child, one of the things you need to focus on is the relationships between the types of fractions. (You can read more about the types of fractions in the first post in this series.) When working with fractions, especially in upper elementary, it is important to be able to understand how fractions work in

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Fractions Simplified: Multiplying and Dividing

So far in our series on fractions simplified, we have covered the basic fraction terms, relationships between types of fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions. Now we take our fraction simplicity one step further with multiplying and dividing fractions.  Believe it or not, multiplying and dividing fractions is even easier than adding and subtracting fractions! Multiplying Fractions Unlike addition and subtraction, when you multiply

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Fractions Simplified: Adding and Subtracting

Now that your child clearly understands the relationships between the types of fractions, they are ready to start adding and subtracting fractions.  As always, start with lots of pictures and hands on activities to show how adding and subtracting fractions works. When your child is ready to move past the pictures, here are some easy ways to teach these concepts. Working with Like Fractions

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Fractions Simplified: the Basics

I think most kids (and adults) tend to panic a little bit when they hear the word “fractions”. The concept of working with parts of a number seems to be difficult for many people. Fractions don’t have to be troublesome or worrying though. In this four part series, we will discuss the basics of working with fractions so that you can help your child

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Counting Money

Even though we live in a world where people are increasingly using debit and credit cards to make purchases, children still need to understand how to count and use money.  However counting change can be extremely tricky for many children. It takes a lot of practice to enable children to count change without struggling.  The good news is that practice can be fun and

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Properties of Multiplication

Multiplication has some carefully defined rules called properties.  These properties dictate how numbers act within a multiplication equation.  Understanding these 5 properties of multiplication can help your child become more masterful at working with math equations. Commutative Property The commutative property states that the two numbers in a multiplication problem can be written in any order without changing the product (answer).  Therefore, 6 x

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Properties of Addition

While math is full of rules that children need to remember, addition has three specific rules called properties. These properties detail how numbers can relate to each other within an addition equation. Children should understand these properties to make addition equations easier to answer. Commutative Property The commutative property simply states that the order of the addends can change in an addition equation, and

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