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Algebra for Elementary Age Children Using Word Problems (2 of 4)

Now’s the time to begin algebra for elementary age children using word problems.  In the first post in this series, I encouraged you to introduce algebra concepts to your children at home through the use of manipulatives to solve expressions. Taking this concept one step further, you can integrate algebra, expressions, and reading through solving word problems. The ability to correctly solve word problems

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Fun Manipulatives for Hands On Math

We all know that math can be a pretty boring subject. We can all remember doing page after page of math problems to learn a new skill. However, in order for your child to fully understand the math they are learning, we need to make math both fun and interesting. One easy way to make math fun, especially for younger children, is to use

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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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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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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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Hands on Fraction Activities for Home (Post 2 of 4)

Continuing the topic of teaching and learning of fractions with the Common Core approach, today’s post focuses upon hands on fraction activities that you can do at home that help to incorporate the changes. One of the major changes is the addition of the standard for children to be able to relate to fractions upon a number line.  A fun way to practice this

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Turning Fractions from Frightening to Fun – Common Core Approach (Post 1 of 4)

When your child learns fractions in school, it will look very different than when you learned it in school.  Fractions can be frightening! This post will help you begin turning fractions from frightening to fun.  With the adoption of Common Core Curriculum across the country, there are a few aspects of learning fractions that you should be aware of that are an educational shift

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