Teaching math at home can be as easy as 1-2-3

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2006

Lessons in math can be found in everyday activities such as a trip to the grocery store, cooking dinner or planning a garden. The National Education Association of Alaska offers these suggestions for turning activities into fun math learning experiences.

· Bingo, dominoes, toy telephones, card games, board games, calendars, clocks and lots of other things in your household will help familiarize your child with the world of numbers.

· Mention the sizes of containers, such as half-gallons of milk and quarts of soft drinks. Encourage help when you bake or lay carpet, tile, seed or fertilize. Allow your child to measure ingredients, areas or quantities of material. Think about using metric measurements, too.

· Encourage comparison of prices and quantities marked on containers to determine the best buys. Allow your child to buy an item and figure out the change. Children can double check the addition on grocery tapes.

· Figure out a budget together to help with managing their allowance and earnings from jobs.

· Encourage your child to read thermometers, barometers and stop watches. Also, encourage your child to calculate age, weight, height and dimensions.

— NEA Alaska

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