Math Tips for Parents

    • View road trips as a mobile classroom.  Turn “Are we there yet?” into a learning opportunity. Create paper tickets for each trip and share how many tickets long the trip will be. At even intervals, collect one ticket from your child. This fun exercise gives children a tangible and visual way to understand distance and time. Using different colors allows your child to practice patterns and learn early addition problems or fractions.
    • Use everyday errands as learning opportunities. The grocery store is a great place to teach young children math. Children can review numbers while choosing groceries, for example, adding the quantity of apples, looking at prices to reinforce decimals and even doing simple number recognition while standing in line.
    • Transform routine chores into fun lessons for young children.  For some children, the opportunity to be a good helper can be all the motivation they need. For example, while doing laundry children can sort colors, whites and darks, measure capfuls of laundry detergent and insert the appropriate number of coins. By using measuring, sorting and counting, doing laundry creates a natural math lesson.
    • Turn children’s collections into math lessons. Children love to collect and gather items, especially at the park, beach, forest or even in the backyard. Encourage children to sort their items by size, color, shape or texture. If a child loves to be outside and observe nature, the child could do a scavenger hunt where they have to find a specific number of leaves, rocks, sticks, etc. With an activity like this, the child is actively engaged in a real experience that is based on his specific interests.