## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## Using Math Journals

Have you ever wanted to incorporate more writing into your math lessons? After all, students need to be able to write about many different things in many different areas. One easy way to add a little writing into your math lesson is by using math journals. What is a Math Journal? Math journals are a simple way to incorporate a small amount of writing

## 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