CCOUNSELOR’S SPOTLIGHT: Simple, everyday activities can bolster your child’s math skills.
Math is a vital life-long skill, so it’s important to involve your child in everyday math activities. You have can have your child help you: 1) Make a meal. Put him in charge of weighing and measuring. Discuss sizes, shapes and fractions. Ask him questions such as, “How could we double this recipe?” and “When we add ¼ cup to ¼ cup, what do we get?” 2) Save money. Ask your child to choose a goal, such as saving for a book. How much does he need to save each week? How long will it take him to reach the total? Help him track his progress on a chart. Then have fun shopping together! 3) Plan a trip. Before leaving, ask your child to measure the air pressure in your or bike tires. Calculate how many miles you’ll go. If you are driving, how much gas will you use? As you travel, say a number between 1 and 10. Who can find a license plate with numbers that up to the number you called out? 4) Start a family project. Planning to paint a bedroom? Involve your child in figuring out how much paint you will need to do the job. 5) Play games. There are lots of fun math games you can play together. Try dominoes, UNO, and Connect 4.
Reprinted with permission from the May 2021 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.