Because these statistics are used so often in the real world, kids need to learn how to figure and use averages.

The process is easy. Most schools teach it by 3rd or 4th grade. Children add up a list of items and then divide the total by the number of items.

Use everyday situations to give your child practice. Keep the number of items small (say, three or four). That way, your child can do the math in her head. Here are some ideas for what your child can figure:

  • The average height of everyone in your family.

  • The average hours family members spend reading, exercising or sleeping.

  • The average winning and losing score in the World Series.

  • The average number of T-shirts (or pairs of socks) owned by each family member.

  • The average cost of a small bag of chips at the local grocery store.

  • The average temperature for the last three days.

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