Math skills provide students with the foundation for problem-solving and reasoning abilities as well as develop logic and critical thinking skills. Math also helps students learn basic life skills such as telling time, valuing money and following a recipe.
However, sometimes students have a hard time understanding how the math skills they are learning relate to every day life. Here are 5 simple and easy things you can do to show your children real-world applications of math concepts.
- Exercise your body; “mathercise” your mind! Take in a Diamondbacks game together and track the statistics of your child’s favorite player. Then, make comparisons between other players.
- Grocery shop. Ask your child to calculate the total bill for weekly grocery store visits and determine how much will be saved with coupons and sale items.
- Play strategy games. Check out favorites such as Contig, Bingo and Fractwards. Play in teams so you can talk about strategy before playing individually.
- Incorporate math into family cooking and baking. Math measurements are an important aspect to preparing your favorite dishes. Ask your kids to calculate the ingredients and then calculate the ingredients if you were double the recipe. Click here for more on learning while cooking.
- Read about math. There are books at every grade level that can engage students to think about math. For example: Ten Apples Up On Top for the elementary grades; The Great Number Rumble for the middle grades; and The Numbers Behind NUMB3RS for high schoolers.
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