Treat math as part of their daily lives _ Math has practical uses and kids must understand this early on. If they get an allowance they will need to count their money and if they spend any they'll need to get the right change and understand how much is left over. They are growing and they will love this fact. Let them fill out their own height chart. When they are helping you in the kitchen, let them help you measure the flour to bake cookies. They can also figure out how many slices of pizza each person can get or how many batteries must be used out of the pack. to power their toys. These are just a few simple ideas.

Treat math as exciting _ Use bright objects to explain basic concepts of addition and subtraction. This is the nice thing about math. It opens you up to a world of opportunities. I used my floor tiles to explain the concept of area. Apples and other colorful fruits can be used to demonstrate addition and subtraction easily. Fractions are better understood when they can be visualized so use their regular picture puzzles to explain fractions _ they are pieces of a whole so why not? The same thing applies to pieces of apples and oranges. Flash cards and games also spark interest _ some teachers/parents swear by the math smart card games. Download some of the free math worksheets and resources online; some are very creative. I cannot emphasize this enough. The internet has a wealth of fun math resources.

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