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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

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

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

Counting Money

Even though we live in a world where people are increasingly using debit and credit cards to make purchases, children still need to understand how to count and use money.  However counting change can be extremely tricky for many children. It takes a lot of practice to enable children to count change without struggling.  The good news is that practice can be fun and

Fun Back to School Math Activities

Most children do not enjoy the thought of going back to school.  They have spent the summer happily playing, relaxing, and cartoon watching.  So they generally are not thrilled when they find out that school is right around the corner.  Here are some interesting math activities to make back to school at least a little more exciting. Back to School Shopping While the idea

Back to School Review: Upper Elementary

A new school year is right around the corner for most of us.  Now is the perfect time to start reviewing the skills and concepts that your children learned last year.  Going over those math concepts allows your child to be fully prepared for the school year ahead.  Here are some ideas of concepts to review with your upper elementary child. Basic Math Facts

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

Practicing Cost with Christmas Catalogs

Christmas season is upon us again, and if your house is anything like mine, you are overflowing with sales flyers.  The flyers are full of fun toys and interesting games and gadgets for kids.  Instead of trying to hide those flyers from your children, why not use them to practice finding the true cost of an item. The True Cost with Sales Tax Children

Money and Temperature Estimation Skills

In the previous posts within this series, you learned about various activities to help practice various estimation skills.  Money values and temperatures are real-life examples of when we use rounding and are important skills for children to learn.  When estimating money, they can predict how much something with cost or how much everything will cost in all.  For temperature, they can estimate to the

Grocery Store Math: Estimating, Making Change, Multiplication and Division

Grocery Store Math Most older children truly dislike going to the grocery store.  However, grocery shopping can be the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to real life cases where math is important and useful. Estimating Most people at the store have a general idea of how much money they can or want to spend.  Ensuring that they stay below that amount means that