By Amy Reeves on August 05 2018 15:30:20
Assigned practice problems are all well and good, but what do you do when you run out of questions that the teacher has sent home, need to review an earlier unit before moving on to the current math skills, or reach the end of the practice problems in your textbook?
Make numbers a part of your everyday routine. Your child might not like addition, but he may enjoy counting the number of stop signs on the drive to school or the number of stairs on your porch. Lead by example to encourage your child to think of math exercises as a part of his daily routine.
Instead of simply doing the worksheets with the facts, use the summer to find worksheets that include puzzles. Choose worksheets that will engage your child’s mind in solving a puzzle as well as solving math facts, and watch as her interest in the worksheets increases. The puzzle also serves as a check, because the answer will not come out correctly if the problems are not solved correctly.
For kids that have a basic interest in math, try using daily riddles to keep them thinking throughout the day. At breakfast, you may ask your child a riddle like, "What number has three tens and four ones?" or, "What is a mathematician s favorite dessert?" Your child can take the day to think about the riddle and tell you the answer when you are working on math practice worksheets after school!