Math Tips
Give your child plenty of opportunities to count and measure:

*If you bring some vegetables or fruit home from the store, have your child count them, counting on from the number of vegetables you already have.

*Find creative ways to measure: how many paper clips long is this sheet of paper? How many hands high is the dog?

*Read "How Big is a Foot?" by Rolf Myller, about a creative apprentice who comes up with a more accurate way of measuring size.

Find ways to practice number operations:

* buy a box of math addition facts cards to practice math facts from 0 + 0 to 10 + 10.  These facts should be mastered by the end of 1st grade.
*Pick a number between 1 and 20 (or between any 2 numbers up to 100). Have your child guess the number, then you tell if your number was greater than or less than his guess. Have your child keep revising his guess until he guesses your number. Then trade roles.

*Count 8 pennies, then hide 4. Ask “How many are hidden?” Does she know there are 4?

*Go berry picking. Explore the berry patch with your child. Which color berries are ripe and good to pick? Have your child pick ten berries, then eat one. How many does he have left?

*Read weather charts, movie schedules, and other common numerical information you find in the news.

*When you’re doing the laundry, have your child match all the pairs of socks. How many socks are there? How many pairs?

Some family games that use math skills:

*Dice, cards, and board games can help your child learn addition combinations.
*Dominoes helps practice counting by 5’s.
*The card game “War” helps kids recognize which number is greater and which is less.
*Checkers and Chinese Checkers
*Any game that includes counting board steps, such as Chutes and Ladders

Math Tips