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Ways to help your child learn math at home: 

Here are some ways parents can help their kids connect and practice math in “real life.”

  1. Have your child count down the time (weeks, days and/or hours) to a special day or holiday
  2. Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making
  3. Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team
  4. Ask your child to count the change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping. Or, with older kids, to help track the family budget.
  5. Explain what you’re doing whenever you use a measuring tape, a scale, or a ruler. Ask for your child’s help.

Problem solving with real-world math

Math has evolved from the computation we most likely experienced in math class to an emphasis on problem solving. Computation is still important, but it is used to solve real- life problems. The emphasis is generally on math processes that enable your child to learn multiple strategies to become a proficient problem solver. Model the importance of math in the real world and encourage your child to help when you:

  • Balance your checkbook
  • Pay bills
  • Estimate the cost of the groceries in your cart
  • Determine how much food to buy or make for a party
  • Double a recipe or cut a recipe in half
  • Figure the cost of lunch at a restaurant
  • Calculate the cost of school lunch for the week or month
  • Determine how long your child will need to save his allowance in order to buy a particular item
  • Determine the number of miles driven in X hours
  • Determine how long it will take to drive home going X mph
  • Figure the cost of X number of minutes of cell phone use if you pay X cents/minutes
  • Determine how many gallons of gas you can buy with X dollars
  • Determine how many chocolate chips are needed if X number of cookies each has 3 chocolate chips
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