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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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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

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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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Using Math Journals

Have you ever wanted to incorporate more writing into your math lessons?  After all, students need to be able to write about many different things in many different areas.  One easy way to add a little writing into your math lesson is by using math journals. What is a Math Journal? Math journals are a simple way to incorporate a small amount of writing

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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

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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

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