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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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Helping Kids Who Hate Math

We all know those children who simply hate math.  Maybe they struggle in the subject or maybe they simply don’t enjoy it.  Either way, it can be tough to work with your child if they honestly dislike math.  If your child hates math, there are some things you can try that may help them overcome that dislike. Make it Fun As hard as it

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Fun Geometry Games

Learning geometry is usually fun for children.  They enjoy playing with shape blocks and using mirrors to learn about symmetry.  However, you may not have access to lots and lots of hands on materials to use with your children.  The good news is that you can find websites that act just like those same manipulatives to give your children the same experience. Geoboard A

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