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Memorizing Math Facts

Hands on math activities are crucial for understanding a new concept. We can use counters, pictures, and other fun math tools to introduce the basic operations.  However, at some point our children need to begin memorizing math facts. This can definitely be one of the more challenging areas of math for any child. So how can you help your child memorize his math facts

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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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Back to School Review: Lower Elementary

With the school year right around the corner, now is the time to start reviewing the math concepts your child learned last year.  If you spend some time reviewing now, your child won’t struggle as the school year begins.  For lower elementary students, you can quiz them on the following areas to make sure they are ready for the new year. Basic Math Facts

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Math – Renaming Review

Renaming is one of those math skills that your child will use over and over again in every math class they take.  So how can you help your struggling child understand this important skill better? Use Concrete Renaming Examples Young children especially often have trouble understanding a concept that they can’t see in front of them.  You can give them touchable examples using any

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Addition and Subtraction with Candy Corn

In our previous posts, we talked about how candy corn is a great medium and inspiration for practicing estimation and number representation. In this post, we will provide engaging activities for your children using candy corn and the math concepts of addition and subtraction. Addition and Subtraction with Candy Corn Similar to craft ideas in the post about number representation and place value, you

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Building Strength in Computation Skills

Computation Skills are Essential One area where students may struggle in math is in computation.  Computation skills are essential to being able to solve math problems.  Children need to learn to be able to compute both mentally and when using a calculator.  The faster and more accurate their skills, the easier it will be to solve multiple-step and more complex problems. Frequent and Repetitive

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Strategies for Learning Addition Facts

Addition Facts Do your children struggle to remember their addition facts?  While it is important for children to memorize their math facts, there are some addition fact strategies that can help your child figure out some of the facts they haven’t learned yet. Count On by 1 or 2 If an addition fact involves either adding 1 or 2 to another number,  a child

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Grocery Store Math

Grocery Store Math Of all the things your child hates to do, going to the grocery store probably tops their list.  Shopping can be a boring experience for a child, but it can also be a good time to introduce your child to some real life math problems for children of any age. Number Recognition There are numbers everywhere in a grocery store. Point

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Integers: Remembering a Few Simple Rules

Much of math involves working with integers – positive and negative numbers, and yet it is an area that most children struggle to understand. By remembering a few simple rules, you can help your children easily master the basics of positive and negative numbers. Adding Integers Adding integers seems difficult, but there are two rules that will work for every addition problem. same signs

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