## Algebra for Elementary Age Children Using Word Problems (2 of 4)

Now’s the time to begin algebra for elementary age children using word problems.  In the first post in this series, I encouraged you to introduce algebra concepts to your children at home through the use of manipulatives to solve expressions. Taking this concept one step further, you can integrate algebra, expressions, and reading through solving word problems. The ability to correctly solve word problems

## Algebra for Elementary Age Children (1 of 4)

Algebra is a concept that many parents think that their children won’t be exposed to or master until late middle school or even into high school. However, this definitely does not have to be the case because algebra for elementary age children is not only important, it’s necessary to give them an early foundation. In this series you will learn about how you can

## Computer Programming and Math

In a previous post on learning about angles, I briefly mentioned the use of code.org to learn math concepts.  Code.org sponsors a challenge during a week in December for children all around the world to spend at least one hour learning about computer programming.  This year code.org added additional levels with the themes of Star Wars and Minecraft. Children use Blocky Code and Java

## Shape Scavenger Hunt

A fun interactive math activity that you can do at home is a shape scavenger hunt. This helps your child to recognize and find shapes in a different way that adds interest and challenge to learning. For this activity you will need to create a sheet that has a variety of shapes and a quantity of each shape that your children will have to

## Graphic Organizers for Math: Venn Diagrams

Graphic organizers help children to organize their thoughts on paper before completing a task. Traditionally, you will see graphic organizers used in language arts, reading, science, and social studies to help organize thoughts, ideas, or the order of events or a process. Graphic organizers for math can also be a great tool for the same reasons. In this series, you will learn how you

## Completing Math Homework on Google Docs

When you think of Google Docs, you traditionally think of documents that include written work like a letter, notes, or completing a digital worksheet for a class. However, did you know that your child could actually use Docs to do math? Built into the online program, you can add Greek letters, operators, relationship symbols, math operations and arrows. In addition, by installing the Google

## Fall Themed Math Activities

The fall is a great time to enjoy the shift to cooler temperatures and see the changes of the seasons.   You can combine the great weather and the seasonal changes along with fun math learning games to encourage your child to practice their math skills at home. Here are a few fun math games that you and your child can enjoy this fall. Estimate

## Practicing Fraction Skills through the Use of Technology (Post 4 of 4)

Fractions can be made fun by incorporating the use of technology at home to provide both a learning platform as well as a way to reinforce skills that you child may be learning at school.  The internet and tablet-based apps have a wide variety of learning games that can help to build confidence with building fractions. Practicing fraction skills through the use of technology can

## Teaching Fractions through Measurement (Post 3 of 4)

Learning about fractions can be made fun by incorporating hands on activities that involve measurement and fractions.  The first idea in teaching fractions through measurements that comes to mind is baking.  When baking with your children, you can use the measuring cups to practice their fraction skills about what ingredients have to be mixed together in the bowl.  You can also cover the concept

## Hands on Fraction Activities for Home (Post 2 of 4)

Continuing the topic of teaching and learning of fractions with the Common Core approach, today’s post focuses upon hands on fraction activities that you can do at home that help to incorporate the changes. One of the major changes is the addition of the standard for children to be able to relate to fractions upon a number line.  A fun way to practice this