There are certain subjects that are very important in school and life. Math is one of the very important ones. Kids just want to have fun and parents just want their kids to grow up learning all they can. As a parent, you have to be consciously aware as you make everything you do with your kids as fun and educational as possible
Every day is a learning opportunity
- Learning is easy for kids if parents incorporate the everyday things. Each day has an already built in assigned number of 12 months of 7 days of a week of 1 year. Talk about your schedule in numbers. Ask questions. How many days from today until a special day? Ask your child to take the calendar and count the days. The same holds for using a clock to get your child to count how many minutes or hours until something happens. Take opportunities to show your children how much gas costs and how many gallons. Then go further by making a game of mile markers and have a contest to see if they can figure out how long, how many miles to the gallon and so on that it takes to get from here to there.
- Grocery shopping can be a math game. Show your kids the pounds and ounces on packages and see if they can figure out the difference in prices between products. This is fun and teaches useful math skills. I used to take my girls clothes shopping and we made a fun game out of figuring out percentages off of original price. As they got older, we incorporated the taxes and coupons too. This makes kids master consumers, shoppers, and money managers.
- Cooking is definitely an everyday activity that requires counting, measuring, weighing, adding, dividing and combining. When a dish is served, count or measure servings, leads to eating and subtraction.
- Most board games are about math to one degree or another. Count, add or subtract the dots on dice in games like Yahtzee. Card games such as Uno or Rummy require adding, subtracting, long math while building thinking skills.
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- Playing music or learning to play an instrument are great ways to enhance the math portion of the brain according to scientists.
Take every opportunity in your everyday life with your children to instill math skills. Schools teach math, but when you do the everyday approach, it will just reinforce what your children learn in the classroom. Parents, have fun exposing your children to daily math while enjoying your time together.