The Importance of Learning to Round

The Importance of Learning to Round

Learning how to round to the nearest number is a math skill that is typically introduced in the 3rd grade.  This is an important life skill that helps children to be able to master estimation.  Since this skill is used widely in our every day lives for estimating expenses and determining a budget, it is definitely a skill that you can reinforce at home.

To brush up your skills on estimation, you can review the rules on Enchanted Learning.  This simple explanation will help you to help you to explain the rules of rounding to your children.  In addition to learning to round to the nearest 10 and 100, it is also important to incorporate decimals.  This is vital because much of the daily rounding that we do has to do with rounding monetary amounts where we will round  the “change” to estimate the cost of an item.  This will also help children to begin to understand the value of an item.

Activities that incorporate rounding, estimation, and money could include helping your child to plan a shopping trip or possibly even estimating the cost of a vacation.  You can have them practice their rounding skills and give you an approximation of how much the trip will cost.  After you finish the trip, you can then determine how close their estimate was based on their rounding.  Here are more activities that you can do at home to help your child practice their rounding skills.

What activities do you do at home to practice rounding and estimation?

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