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How to Help if Math “Isn’t Your Thing”

Preventing the Summer Slide in Math Many parents may find the thought of teaching their child math scary.  Depending upon the age of your child, you may feel that they have surpassed your expertise in math and you may not know how to provide the best support for them just at home.  There are other options to help your child to build their math skills

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Flashcards & Workbooks | Avoiding the Summer Slide in Math

Avoiding the Summer Slide in Math While imbedding math into everyday activities is an important way to have children practice their math skills at home this summer, it is still beneficial if you can have them practice using a math workbook or flash cards.  These tools help children to improve their speed and accuracy for math facts that require quick recall.  The quicker they

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Developing Fun Summer Math Activities

Developing Fun Summer Math Activities After you have identified the topics and areas within mathematics that you would like to focus on helping your child to practice or master over the summer, you need to figure out fun ways for implementing it in their summer routine.  Think of things that you may be doing over the summer and see if there is a way

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Preventing the Summer Slide in Math – Setting Up for Success

Preventing the Summer Slide in Math With summer starting or just around the corner for many kids, now is the time to plan on how you are going to encourage and implement learning at home.  For math, students who do not practice their math skills during the summer months there is an average of a two-month slip in learning.  This is commonly referred to

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Understanding Math Vocabulary

Children can find math challenging because they don’t understand the math vocabulary and terminology being used in the question.  One of the reasons that this can be difficult for children is because words that are used in math can have multiple meanings. Math Vocabulary Confusion The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a great article about the variety of words use in math

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Transferring Knowledge – Math Connections in the Real World

Transferring Knowledge When working with math, the ability to make connections with other subject areas as well as the real world helps in being able to solve word problems.  When children are able to make these connections, see the whole picture, and transfer knowledge, they are more successful not only in math, but other subject areas as well.  The transfer of knowledge can happen

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Number Recognition Activities at Home

One area where younger students struggle when they a learning math is with the ability to recognize numbers.  It is an important concept for students to link the written word number like” one” and that it is associated with the number 1. For example, the child should recognize that dot, like on a die, can also represent numbers.     Making this connection is especially important

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Why Kids Struggle with Math and How to Help

Why Kids Struggle with Math and How to Help Math is one subject area where kids can struggle to master the concepts and be successful.  There are several areas of weakness common to many children including number facts, computation, following directions, understanding terminology, and transferring knowledge that can make math challenging for kids.  One thing to keep in mind is that you should always

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Practicing Quick Recall Math Skills

Practicing Quick Recall Math Skills There are some skills that are learned in math that can’t always be best taught through hands-on activities.  Many times, repetition of these skills is important to help children to memorizes facts and be able to compute quickly for daily life and advanced math problems.  Math skills that require quick recognition and computing include addition, telling time, counting money

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Creating a Number Ladder & Play Dough Mats

Inspired by a blog I recently read, I thought the number ladder was an excellent resource for parents to be able to use at home with their children to practice basic number recognition as well as addition or subtraction. Creating a Number Ladder The number ladder is a strip of paper that is numbered from 0 to 10 (or higher for more complexity) that

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