Math with Your Kids

By Kip Fisher
Parents are often encouraged to read with their kids. Most parents know that reading with their kids establishes a strong foundation for success in school.

But do you know that it is every bit as important to “math” with your kids. Parents should help their kids experience math as a part of everyday life, and should give their kids frequent opportunities to increase their math skills.

Here are a few ways you can practice math with your kids and demonstrate to them how important math skills are:

  • Have your kids help out in the kitchen. Cooking offers a great opportunity for kids to practice with fractions by measuring ingredients. Have your child double a recipe, even if you do not need that much food. Doubling a recipe is a wonderful exercise!
  • Take your kids shopping with you.
    • Ask them to add the cost of some of the items in your shopping cart.
    • Ask them how much change you will get from a $10 bill or a $20 bill. Let them count the change.
    • Ask older children whether the large size is a better or worse deal than the small size.
    • Ask middle-school children to estimate the sales tax.
  • Let your kids help plan a trip. Sources like Google maps help children visualize distances and calculate travel times.
  • Watch sports together. Sports are full of statistics and calculations. Watch a game and talk about how math skills are necessary, even in the world of sports.
  • Set up a lemonade stand. Allow your child to handle and count currency in real-life.
  • Ask your child how to divide 5 cookies evenly among 2 children.

Like reading with your kids, mathing with your kids is essential to helping them succeed in school and in life.

Kip Fisher is the owner of Mathnasium of Fountain Valley, a franchise learning center that specializes in making math make sense to kids. Whether your child is striving to catch up in math, struggling to keep up in math, or seeking to get ahead in math, Mathnasium can help. For answers to your questions, call (714) 593-1500. Or visit the center at any time. We will be happy to give you a tour.

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