Practicing Patterns

Patterns seem like a simple concept.  And while patterns may seem unimportant, they are actually an essential part of learning math.  Children who struggle with patterns tend to struggle in many different math areas.  So how are patterns used in math, and how can you practice them with your children? Skip Counting Children use skip counting quite a bit in math. (Skip counting is

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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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Telling Time Tips and Tricks

Telling Time Tips and Tricks Although it is such an important concept for life, telling time is something that seems to be difficult for many students.  You as a parent can help your child learn how to tell time as you go about your day. Count by 5’s Parents often focus on teaching their children to count to 10, then to 20, then maybe

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Math Field Trips for Summer

Math Field Trips for Summer Fields trips are the most looked forward to days of any school year.  Kids and teachers alike get excited by the thought of spending the day outside of the classroom.  It doesn’t even matter where the field trip is as long as they are not in school!  Just because summer has started doesn’t mean the field trips have to

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Real Life Fractions

Real Life Fractions How many times have you heard your children complain that they will never use the math they are learning in real life?  Children have a hard time seeing how math is used in life, especially concepts like fractions.  There are some ways you can show your child how fractions are used in real life. Recipes Because measurements in recipes are often

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Laundry Math

Laundry Math I don’t know about you, by my little ones love to help me with chores around the house.  And I love to let them help. Well, maybe not “love” because it does make the chores take longer, but I do let them because I know that it is good for them.  One of the chores they help with the most is laundry.

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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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