7 Everyday math tips for young mathematicians
|Our goal is to develop confident and competent mathematicians. Here are just a few ways to support your child’s mathematical learning. Ask your child’s teacher for more grade-specific ways to practice math concepts at home.
- Show me the money… Empty your pocket or purse change each evening and have your child count the money. Another variation, when checking out at the store, ask your child to help you select the correct change to make your purchase or determine how much change you will receive.
- It’s about time… We need to be at soccer practice at 6. It takes 15 minutes to get to the field. When should we leave? Ask your child to help you solve some real-life word problems involving time.
- Show me some more money… When you fill your gas tank, ask an older child to calculate gas mileage.
- Talk the talk… Look for comparisons and use math vocabulary like greater than, less than, greatest, and fewest. Point out patterns. They’re all around us… Think walkways, wallpaper, tiles, and windows.
- A numbers game… Play games that involve doing arithmetic. Dominoes, chess, checkers, and puzzles all reinforce math learning. Ask your child to add up the score after a hand of cards or a round of Scrabble.
- Yummy math… Cooking offers many chances to practice math skills. Grab the measuring cups and spoons to talk about fractions. Have a crowd for dinner? Ask your child to double the recipe. Younger children can use cereal or grapes to group and count.
- Smart shopper… Store advertisements give your child another opportunity to compare, relating math to everyday situations. Take coupons to the grocery store and ask your child to figure the new price with the discount.