Treat math as part of playtime _ This is an extension of number 2. This should alert you that you can take math outdoors. As you walk or bike outside you will notice the house numbers on both sides of the street. Use this as an opportunity to explain odd and even numbers. Encourage kids to count their toys, such as cars, dolls, action figures, Lego pieces. Purchase stimulating toys such as puzzles and spatial toys such as shapes and blocks to bring out that interest in geometry. This allows you to integrate math without appearing to be pressuring them to learn.

This affords me the opportunity to publicize World Maths Day which took place on the first Wednesday in March. There students of all ages from all over the world went online (it's free) to play mental math against each other. Last year 287ꯠ students from 98 countries participated to answer over 38 million questions. This year they hoped to break 50 million questions and did so magnificently answering over 150 million questions and I am sure they had great fun doing it.

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