Combine math with reading _ There are quite a few nice children's books out there about math and who does not like a deal. Imagine it's a 2 for 1 deal you are getting, with the opportunity for your kid to enjoy reading and math at the same time. The Sir Cumference series comes to mind with its attractive illustrations and adventures. Less than Zero is another. It gives a good introduction to the concept of negative numbers. Also One Hundred Hungry Ants appeals to kids too. Well who doesn't love bugs? Check out online stores where you can read reviews but remember to ensure that the reading level is not more advanced that necessary to get the math concepts across. If that is the case that will just take the fun out of it and make your children frustrated.

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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