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Math Motivators | Math Tips

Do you have one of those children that hates doing math every day?  Do they act like you are torturing them when they have to complete even a few problems?  Possibly one of these simple ideas can help motivate your child to complete their math faster (or at least with less complaining). Grade Their Own Math Papers It’s amazing how a child will get

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Rounding Numbers – Review Strategies

One of the strategies emphasized in elementary math classes is the ability to round numbers.  In rounding, numbers are changed to a number that is either larger or smaller depending on which it is closer too.  Because rounding numbers can seem abstract (especially as the numbers get larger), it can be a difficult task for students to master. There are several ways to teach

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Strategies for Learning Subtraction Facts

Memorizing math facts can be extremely difficult for some children.  If this is the case with your child, there are some tips and tricks you can show them to help them remember some of the basic subtraction facts. Count Back Subtracting one or two from another number can be accomplished simply by counting backwards from the starting number.  If the problem is 7 –

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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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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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Hands-on Multiplication

Do any of you remember drilling the multiplication facts over and over again?  Or going through flashcards repeatedly until you had memorized them all?  Of course, memorizing multiplication facts is extremely important for a child. (It will make all of math much easier in the future.)  However, it is hard for a child to simply memorize facts if they don’t really understand how multiplication

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Understanding Story Problems

Even if your child understands the basic math operations like addition and subtraction, chances are they still get somewhat confused by story problems.  Story problems can be overwhelming for a number of reasons.  Maybe your child struggles to read all the words in the problem.  Maybe they just don’t know what to do with all those numbers.  Whatever the reason, story problems can be

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Games to Keep Math Flashcards Fun

Math Flashcards Flashcards are a necessary part of every child’s life.  After all, memorizing the basic math facts is one of the keys to succeeding in math.  But math flashcards don’t have to be boring and repetitive. There are several games you can play with your child to make learning math facts fun. Beat the Clock The only thing needed for this game is

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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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