## Back to School Review: Kindergarten

While parents may or may not be excited about school coming up soon, the fact remains that back to school is right around the corner. This series will give you some easy ways to review math concepts with children of all ages. For upcoming Kindergarteners, now is the time to make sure that your child is ready for the school year. But what exactly

## Your Summer in Graphs

Do you want a fun way to help your children record and remember all the fun things they did over the summer? Why not record the summer in graphs? Not only is this a fun way to keep track of what you do this summer, but it is a great way to review a key math concept. Activity Bar Graph Make a list of

## Keeping Math Fresh This Summer

Teachers and parents alike will tell you that students are forgetful. And many times, they forget some of what they have learned during the school year over the summer months. You can keep math fresh in your child’s mind with some fun and easy methods. Download Math Apps Children are more than likely going to spend at least some time every week using a

## 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

## Fun with Pictographs

A pictograph uses a small picture of some kind to symbolize a number of items. Being able to read a pictograph is a concept learned early on in elementary math, but it can be a bit confusing at first. Practicing with pictographs at home can make the concept more hands-on and easier to understand. How To Make a Pictograph Divide a paper into columns

## 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

## Number Sense: Deconstructing Numbers

There are many things involved in developing number sense such as learning about place value, number word, and comparing numbers. Another aspect of number sense is deconstructing numbers. Deconstructing numbers means being able to see a number in terms of other numbers that can be put together to form that number. There are several ways to practice this concept. Base 10 Frames A base

## Number Sense: Comparing Numbers

Number sense is the ability to understand the relationship between numbers. It involves knowing place value and recognizing number words. Another concept that increases number sense is comparing numbers with each other. Comparing Basics When a child compares numbers, they are deciding if a number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number. Special math symbols are used to indicate these relationships.

## Practicing Number Words – Number Sense

Another important aspect of place value is the ability to recognize and write numbers in words. We touched on this a little in the post on place value. Children need to be able to read words written in number form, not just in school but in life as well. Simple Number Words Children should start by being able to read and recognize the simple

## Mastering Place Value – Number Sense

Children of all ages need to develop a quality known as number sense. Number sense involves understanding how numbers relate to each other. One important aspect of number sense is mastering place value. Place Value Defined Place value is breaking down each digit in a number into its true value. For example, the number 273 has a 2 in the hundreds place, a 7