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Turning Fractions from Frightening to Fun – Common Core Approach (Post 1 of 4)

When your child learns fractions in school, it will look very different than when you learned it in school.  Fractions can be frightening! This post will help you begin turning fractions from frightening to fun.  With the adoption of Common Core Curriculum across the country, there are a few aspects of learning fractions that you should be aware of that are an educational shift

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Outdoor Math: Yard Work

In the last post in our series on outdoor math, examples will include how to incorporate completing yard work with math practice. While the activities covered in our previous posts were fun from the start, these activities are more helpful and possibly related to chores, but can still be a lot of fun for children. Yard work doesn’t always have to be boring and

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Outdoor Math: Backyard Fun

This summer, your children can continue to practice their math skills by planning outdoor fun that incorporates math. This post will provide several examples of how you can incorporate math into fun backyard games. Outdoor Math: Backyard Fun! Water Balloon Toss – A water balloon toss is a creative way that you can incorporate math and outdoor water play. There are many variations of

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Outdoor Math: Importance of Summer Learning (part 1 of 4)

Summer is a great time to take learning outside. Outdoor math can be an important part of summer learning. Encouraging educational activities this summer through outdoor playtime can help to prevent “the summer slide.” The summer slide is that gap in learning that occurs when children are out of school for the summer and their learning and retention decrease by 2-3 months to where

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Social Media Math Rescue

As part of a local mother’s Facebook group, I have seen many mothers’ reaching out for social media math rescue, especially when their child is struggling with their math homework.  This activity has increased with the new changes to Common Core. Other group members then reach out to help not only to solve the problems, but give guidance as to how to teach the concept

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Practicing Math Skills at the Pool

With summer just around the corner, practicing math skills with outdoor activities makes learning fun for children… especially at the pool! There are ways that you can assist your child to master elementary math while swimming and splashing around this summer in the pool.  One simple activity can be to use pool toys that have numbers on them that your children have to swim to

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Math Supplies for Learning at Home

By creating a space for math supplies, you can create a math investigation area at home.  This will help your child to authentically interact and solve math problems on demand with their own math supplies. This would be similar to how a reading nook encourages you child to read and a math investigation area can encourage them to practice math. Depending on your child’s

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Types of Graphs – Measurement & Data

One way for children to collect data to graph is for them to ask their family and friends a question as in a simple survey.  For example, the question, “ what is your favorite type of apple?” would lead to perhaps several different types of apples with some being repeated more than others.  They would need to survey a selection of people to collect

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Measurement & Data – Activities Using Food

The first step in learning about measuring and representing data is by collecting the data.  Collecting data can be a fun activity to do at home.  One idea would be to have your child use a cereal or candy that has a variety of colors like Fruit Loops , M & M’s or Skittles.  You can give them a measured amount of the food,

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