Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fractions with Egg Cartons returns for Math activity Thursday!

Hey everyone!

It's that time of year, plastic eggs are in the aisles of the stores! So, it's time to bust out your saved egg cartons and get to working on fractions!

I made this fun Math activity Thursday video for you!

I had a few old posts with fractions and egg cartons too:

The link to the printable page of cartons is HERE and you might find this cool fraction egg product on Amazon pretty useful!

Let me know what you think about this activity! Have you tried it with your kids? How did it go?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Math activity Thursday with Clovers! Freebie & video : )

Hi Everyone!

It's almost St. Patrick's Day, so I made a little freebie for you! Just print it on green copy paper and write math problems (or other things) to challenge your students.

You can print it from HERE!

I made this little video so you can see the decorations being made. Super simple and fun!

Also, I'm a guest on too! In case you didn't see my review of Danica McKellar's new book--Goodnight Numbers--Here is the link to that post : )

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Guest Post -- Tips for Helping your Elementary School Child with Math Homework

Today I have a guest post from Anthony Maldonado giving us some tips to help your elementary school kids... Here's Anthony!

Math is an academic subject that has implications in every part of our life. It teaches us reasoning and solves problems through logic. Many may fail to understand its practical use. However, please don't let your child think that way. It may make him lose his eagerness to learn, and he may show a reluctance in learning math. There are some ways you can help your elementary school child with math homework...

Private Tuition

•    Private math tutors are useful. They make sure that your child understands math well.
•    Let your child do it him/herself. Ask if he can do it if not you can assist. In this way, his confidence in math sums will boost. A private tutor may help you in this regard.

Be Aware of your child’s homework

•    Make sure to check his homework. Find out his problems and encourage him to solve it.
•    If your child doesn’t understand the math well, ask him to communicate with his classmates. And make sure that he tries his best with all of his math homework. In short, parents have to be aware of what is to be done with their child regarding math tutoring.

Make your Home math-friendly

•    Many young kids think that math has no implication in their real life. However, it is our job to make them think otherwise. Parents help them realize that math is everywhere. So, it's important to make the home a math-friendly one.
•    Math teaches us to go for logic and to find answers through solving problems. So, show your child the implication of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in real life and tell him that these offer logic to resolving the problems.
•    Encourage your child to explain his problem-solving process so you can understand his reasoning. Your child should know how to explain their problems. Through this, you can understand how they approach reasoning. You should encourage them in this regard.
•    Talk about numbers when you have leisure times.
•    Encourage her to have a piggy bank. Give her a penny every day and encourage her to count.
•    Give her a chart of math facts. She will have it in her reading room. Every day she can see the numbering and problems.

Communication with the Elementary School Teacher

•    Have a close connection with the math teacher of her elementary school. It will help you understand the needs of your child, and both of you can work together to assist the child in doing great in math.
•    If you don’t understand math well, try contacting the teacher. Cooperate to improve the progress of your child in math.
•    If your child is feeble in math, get adequate help from support staff. Encourage him to get math tutoring classes. In this way, her weaknesses in math may get resolved.
•    At a parent-teacher meeting at the school, raise your concern over your child to the school authority. They should make sure your child gets the help they need. If adult math tutoring classes don’t help, researched based peer-tutoring may help your child.

Free Math Lessons on the Internet

•    Many sites help math learners through video tutorial such as Khan Academy, math world, etc. You can help your child with these teachings.
•    If you don’t understand math, you can get assistance from these math tutors. It will eventually help your child as well.

Play Games

•    Math puzzles are helpful for understanding math well. Many game makers have built exciting games using the enjoyable aspects of math. These games often help a child to start loving math.
•    Many educational video games give a clear understanding of math. It can be handy for your child as well.

Daily Math book

•    Maintain a regular math book for your child. In this book, your child will do sums that are necessary.
•    It is vital to understand the progress of your child. A daily math book will help to improve the ability of your child in math.

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Anthony Maldonado has over 25 years of experience in the field of Education. He specializes in setting up Educational State. He is an expert in the area of developing strategies of Education. He is presently working at private tuition Singapore.

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Thanks Anthony! Best of luck to everyone with students!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Math activity Thursday with Popcorn! How will you use popcorn to reinforce math?

Hello everyone!

I have a fun video for you! Let me know what you think. Have you ever used popcorn to discuss math?
I'd love to know what other activities you do as you practice math with your kids/students. Maybe I can have it be a M.a.Th. video!

Take care!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Danica McKellar's GOODNIGHT NUMBERS book review! Available now!

Hello everyone!

I had the honor of reviewing a brand new book by Danica McKellar -- Goodnight Numbers. It debuts today! You can order your copy on Amazon or go to your local bookstore.

It's a great hands-on approach to counting! While somewhat like Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Numbers shows young children getting ready for bed and offers many opportunities for your kids to count up to ten with the theme number of the spread. Each page has the number written in numerical and written form and is perfect for your little ones to practice tracing with their fingers!

Here is my book review in video form...

As you go through the spreads and explore the scenes, your kids will discover several groups of items. It has some that are easy and some that are more difficult for slightly older kids. Overall, I suggest this book for children ages 0-6. I'm sure that at some point Crown Books will make this into a board book to withstand the hours of engagement this book will have over it's lifetime on your shelf.

My four and five year old kids had a great time looking through the pictures and seeing if they could find ALL the grouped items. My kindergartner recognized the ten frame they have hanging in each picture too!

I give this book five stars! It's engaging and sure to be a hit with your little ones!

What are some of your favorite math picture books?

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