Fun with Shapes

Teaching children about shapes can be a fun adventure. There are so many interesting ways to introduce or review the shape names.  You can use these activities to introduce a lesson on shapes.  They would also be a fun review before a test or even an interesting assessment after the lesson is over. Shape Scavenger Hunt Have your child search for specific shapes around

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Fun Winter Math Ideas

Many times a math concept has to be practiced over and over again before a child fully understands it. While this is important, it can also be boring for the child (and the parent). You can make the repetitive practice more fun for your child simply by changing the materials you use to fit the season.  Here are some fun ways to winterize your

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Math in Real Life: Figuring Gas Mileage

Another real life math skill that your child will need to know someday is the ability to figure out gas mileage. Most of us think about the gas mileage a car gets before purchasing a new car, and being able to estimate how much gas will cost can help when planning a budget for a road trip. Introducing Gas Mileage Most children will not

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Math in Real Life: Plan a Dream House

One of the best ways to make math relevant for children is by showing them how math is used in real life. In this series, we will share 4 easy real life ideas that you can use with your children to review or teach math concepts. One real life exercise that children enjoy is planning their dream house. Planning a Dream House Have your

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Completing Math Homework on Google Docs

When you think of Google Docs, you traditionally think of documents that include written work like a letter, notes, or completing a digital worksheet for a class. However, did you know that your child could actually use Docs to do math? Built into the online program, you can add Greek letters, operators, relationship symbols, math operations and arrows. In addition, by installing the Google

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Math in Real Life: Planning a Party

At one point in our life or another, we as adults have been forced to throw some type of party. Maybe it’s a New Year’s Eve party for friends or a birthday party for one of our children. What most children don’t realize is that throwing a party takes quite a bit of math related planning. You can help your child practice using real

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Math in Real Life: Planning a Christmas Budget

Christmas is coming up soon, and one real life math skill that children need to learn is the ability to budget their money wisely. You can combine both of these by helping your child plan out a Christmas budget for the gifts they need to buy. Planning a Christmas Budget Start by having your child list the different people they need to buy gifts

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Fractions Simplified: Relationships

When your goal is to make fractions simple for your child, one of the things you need to focus on is the relationships between the types of fractions. (You can read more about the types of fractions in the first post in this series.) When working with fractions, especially in upper elementary, it is important to be able to understand how fractions work in

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Fractions Simplified: Multiplying and Dividing

So far in our series on fractions simplified, we have covered the basic fraction terms, relationships between types of fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions. Now we take our fraction simplicity one step further with multiplying and dividing fractions.  Believe it or not, multiplying and dividing fractions is even easier than adding and subtracting fractions! Multiplying Fractions Unlike addition and subtraction, when you multiply

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Fractions Simplified: Adding and Subtracting

Now that your child clearly understands the relationships between the types of fractions, they are ready to start adding and subtracting fractions.  As always, start with lots of pictures and hands on activities to show how adding and subtracting fractions works. When your child is ready to move past the pictures, here are some easy ways to teach these concepts. Working with Like Fractions

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