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Math Activities for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there are many ways to incorporate math activities at home with the theme of love and caring. Math Activities for Valentine’s Day One popular activity to do with your children is to use a box of the candy hearts to determine how many of each color are in the box.  You could do this by placing

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Teaching Temperature Tips

With the temperatures plummeting across the nation, including even where I live in South Florida, it has been a hot topic in schools and a great teachable moment.  Teaching children about temperatures incorporates both math and science skills.  Younger children may learn about temperature in general terms including hot, cold, and warm, where with older children they could learn freezing and boiling points as

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Focus on Math Activities While You Wait

Math Activities While You Wait There are many times in life that you may find yourself in a situation where you are waiting with your children like at the airport for a flight, at the doctor’s office, or while you are waiting for food at a restaurant.  This weekend, while waiting in an airport, I saw many parents handing children their smartphones or tablets

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Understanding Subtraction with Regrouping

In the “olden days” when students learned how to subtract double digit and larger numbers, they learned to compute the solution with “borrowing” from the number to the left.  However, in today’s math they call this “subtraction by regrouping.”  This means that parents who are helping their child learn how to subtract will have to learn the new vocabulary and process the concept of

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Capitalizing from Free Online Math Resources

Every parent or childcare provider has days when your child comes home and says,  “Mom, Dad, Grandma, Aunt Laura, etc, I need help with my math homework.”  You then sit down with your child and they take out their homework and a majority of the time you can jump right in and help them to practice their skills and get their assignments done.  However,

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Snowy Math Outdoor Activities

Children don’t always need to be cooped up indoors on snowy days at home. It can be a fun time for them to get outdoors and play in the snow.  To add an element of practicing their math skills, here are some snowy math outdoor activities. Math Outdoor Activities One activity you can do is to have a snowball-throwing contest.  You can work with

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Terminology and Classification of Angles

An early geometry skill that children learn about is determining the degree of and types of angles.   Learning about angles is very important for construction and sports and a variety of ’angles’ are used in your everyday life.  This lends it to a skill that you can review and practice at home. Types of Angles The first thing that you should do is work

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Times Tables Trick

One of the most challenging skills for elementary children to master in math is the memorization and application of the times tables.  This is a skill that is very important to learn as it is utilized in our everyday lives. One trick to help your child to learn their multiplication times tables is by having them use their hands.  For learning the 6 (from

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How to Make Word Problems Less Scary

Your child may be able to quickly solve math problems when using mathematical notation like 10+4 or 35-3, however they may become hesitant when trying to solve similar problems that are formatted using a words.  The same problem for 10+4 could be set as a word problem in a format similar to “Jane went to the farmer’s market and bought ten apples and four

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