Now that we’re adults, math is no longer textbooks and endless hours practicing and studying. Math is now part of our every day life. There probably isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t use math in some way. The following are great examples of how and where we use math:
Math at home begins as soon as you wake up. Hitting the snooze button involves knowing how many more minutes you can sleep. Stepping on the bathroom scale might indicate if you’ve lost weight (or gained-yikes!) Measuring coffee for the coffeepot or the ounces of water needed to make your child’s bottle might seem routine but it’s keeping our math skills sharp! (more…)
When you think of math, most of us automatically think about math that we use every day such as addition and subtraction to balance our check book, multiplication to calculate a tip and even fractions for those of you that like to cook. But math is more than just numbers. Math can help a child with his or her reading skills as well. Many word problems not only ask the child to solve the problem, but they also tell a little story while doing so. For example:
Johnny Appleseed wants to make some yummy apple treats for his friends at school so he took a walk in the orchard to pick some apples. He needs 3 apples to make a pie and 4 apples to make juice. How many apples does Johnny need to pick?
Here are some great worksheets that you can use to encourage reading while doing math with your child:
Mort’s Stomachache (more…)
Promote Reading for All Children
Here are proven techniques you can use to teach your child that reading is valuable and enjoyable, and that promote reading for all children:
Set a good example as a reader – let kids see you reading every day.
Get a subscription in his or her name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
Make reading fun – a time that you and your children look forward to spending together.
Check out The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). It’s loaded with fun tips and reading recommendations.
Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores. (more…)