Add life to learning and make math fun

Parents can add to a child’s understanding of and success in math by using concepts found in everyday life.

Many basic math concepts that children learn in school are reinforced through everyday experiences at home, in the grocery store and in the car. Helping your child gain an understanding of math and a sense that math is enjoyable will help him or her develop the skills needed for a successful life.

Here are some tips to get your kids excited about math:

Choose toys and games that reinforce important math skills. For example, card games and board games broaden a child’s thought processes to include logic, reasoning, prediction and problem solving as well as addition and subtraction.

Make math a part of daily activities around the house. For example, ask your child to assist you in preparing dinner. Measuring ingredients to match a recipe can teach kids comparisons, measurement, volume, estimation, whole numbers and fractions.

Practice math over weekends and school vacations using everyday activities. Bring your children to the store and ask them to solve real-life problems. For example, if yogurt is on sale at four containers for a dollar, ask your child how many containers three dollars will buy.

Incorporate math into things kids love. Watch a baseball game with your child and discuss the concept of batting averages. Ask him or her what it means when a player is batting at .300 and use equations to determine how the batting average increases or decreases after each pitch and game.

From sports statistics to the prices in stores to the amount of gas needed for a road trip, math is a very important tool in daily life. Encourage your child to use these skills every day. When parents get into the equation, each day is an opportunity to make math fun.

This story was provided by the North American Precis Syndicate.

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