Question: How to get my child to math over summer?
My child struggled with her math facts this past school year. Does anyone have any suggestions to improve this skill over the summer with out doing flashcards?
Advice from Schoolfamily
Lisa @ School Family writes: Games are a great way to hone math skills (along with many other skills)! Here is whole page on how to build math skills at home. Lots of links to fun games on this page. Anyone else have a suggestion of fun ways to reinforce math facts?
kennyb writes: I taught my children about $ by setting up a shop and labeling items around the house. I would then give them money and they would make puchases. We had a great time and they learned a lot.
mom2dcb writes: My son uses a computer software program (like JumpStart or Clue Finders) which is fun, but keeps his skills honed, and even helps him learn new skills.
bshaf writes: There are these things called Math Wrap Ups -- or something like that. I am sure you can find them on Google. They are plastic strips with numbers and a child wraps string from slot to slot to practice math facts. "Wraps" string around the strip to practice all sorts of math facts. I got mine from a home-schooling friend -- my public school kids use them all the time. Really good car "toys."
bshaf writes: There is also a book called Shopping Cart Math -- which a friend gave me which practices math facts at the grocery store through a variety of "scavenger hunt" type math activities. I don't have the details -- but I am sure you could find this with Google too.
mom2dcb writes: Depending on her age, take he shopping with you. She can figure out cost per ounce on items, or compare prices on different brands, and can total up your groceries and figure out the average cost of items on a shopping trip.
You can also help her budget for a wanted toy or game. Price the item in the store, then have her figure out how many weeks she has to save an allowance to buy the item.
The bottom line is to make it fun, but also show how she uses her math skills on a daily basis.
dessau writes: Find some computer games that are related to math and have a set time to "do your math work". I have the most reluctant worker ever, and he will complete the math related work and is then allowed to play the games which are usually engaging.
karlamatson writes: Keep math in your everyday. I dont know what grade your child is in, but you can divide up things in groups and have them count by the number they are working on. Have the Threes one week, fours one week, etc as the "Facts of the Week". Post something on the fridge for a 'daily problem to solve' Be consistent, do it everyday. Math leaves us because we leave math! : )