Here are some simple things that you can do at home to help your child with math.
- Play board games as a family! Many of the encourage math development. Yahtzee (basic addition), Connect Four (problem solving), Card games (basic addition and subtraction and ordering numbers), Candy Land (make your own game cards and use math facts instead of colors), Monopoly (money), and Battleship (coordinate graphs) are just a few to mention.Talk about the calendar with your child.
- Look forward to and countdown to special events. Count the weeks and days to an event and determine which day it will fall on.
- Help your child learn to count money by playing store with them. Use real coins and dollar bills. Take your child grocery shopping with you. Compare prices, explain sale prices, two for on deals, %, and tax.
- Use an empty egg carton as a counting tool to practice addition and subtraction skills up to 10.
- Be on the lookout for shapes. Discuss shapes you see. Ask how many sides, faces and vertices.Help your child develop time skills by incorporating that clock into their schedule.
- At home, create a bedtime schedule (ex. brush teeth at 8:00, bedtime story at 8:10; bedtime at 8:30). Create a poster with the schedule, and hang it in your child's bedroom. Begin with easy times (7:00), and gradually progress to more difficult times (7:30, 7:45, 7:55).
- Involve your child in activities at home that use measurement such as picture framing and home improvement projects.Bake with you child. Have them read the recipe and measure the ingredients. Next time, double the recipe and have your child figure out the new measurements.Develop an understanding of fractions when eating or making a pizza by discussing how many slices there are, and what fraction of the pizza they are eating!