Math Activities For Kids

Here are math activities for kids. Math is a technique that must be practiced to be perfected. Children must practice math outside the classroom to gain proficiency.

Some kids are "Math Whizzes." As soon as they learn a new math concept, they understand it quite well. Sometimes they are ahead of teachers and parents and pick up complex math concepts on their own.

On the other hand, many children must work to perfect their math facts. Simple addition can be a struggle. What's a parent to do?

How can I tell if my child is proficient in math?

Check the homework, talk to the teacher for starters. You can also do simple math (for younger children) and see if the child has an immediate answer or seems to struggle. As what "two plus two" equals, and go up from there. If the child is showing signs of struggling with simple equations, even after he or she has learned adding in school, a little extra effort may be needed.

How can I tell if my child is struggling?

A child who does not know the answer may try to slowly count on fingers, or may utter a pure guess in the hopes of being right. Or he or she may want to do something else.

What should I do if I see my youngster struggling with math?

First, realize that most kids will "get it" with a little extra help. Reward even the small steps and stay patient.

What tips do you have for first and second grade?

First grade is usually the beginning of addition and subtraction with single numbers. Use flash cards at home every night for just a few minutes. Incorporate addition into everyday activities. For example, if your daughter wants some grapes, split the red ones and green ones into two groups. One group could contain three and one could contain four. Ask her to tell you how many of each, and how many total. Do similar activities with other daily tasks.

What tips do you have for third through fifth grade?

In these high elementary grades, children focus on problem solving, multiplication and division. They also learn more about fractions and percentages. When taking a car trip, play games like this one: Tell the kids you have to drive 100 miles and you have driven 60. What percentage of the way there are you? What percentage of the distance have you already driven?

When they want pizza, ask them to put the total number of slices they ate into fraction form. For example, if they ate six out of twelve pieces, that equals one half. Do the same with pie, fruit slices, and other foods.

Strengthen problem solving skills by turning their demands into problems. If your son wants a sports magazine at the grocery store, tell him it costs $4.00 and you are willing to pay three quarters of the price. What part of the price does he have to pay? And also ask him how much this would be.

How can I make math fun at any age during elementary school?

Many children are motivated by reward systems. Some parents put their kids on a point system. If they do an extra page or two of voluntary math (not homework), they may get five points. When they reach 100 points they may earn stickers, trading cards, even cash. Keep the progress record on a chart.

Some kids love physical activity. Do jumping jacks with your child while shouting "Six times eight is 48" or other facts that rhyme. Make songs about math facts.

In the summertime, you can also organize a group of three or four children for a math lesson. Offer a reward, such as swimming, when the lesson ends successfully.

It is important to stay patient with your child, accept the fact that some children take longer to learn new math concepts, and try to make it fun. Your child may surprise you by gaining new math facts and having fun along the way.

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