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Summer Math Tips!
1. Set a budget for a picnic and ask your child to "find the bargains" using the price per ounce figures on the supermarket shelves: "which one is really cheaper?"
2. Play "War" with a deck of cards, but with math twists. Each player throws down two (or three) cards and adds or multiplies them. The highest (or lowest) sum or product wins the hand. Ask your child to invent a new version with the math he or she knows.
3.Dominos. It's an old fashioned game that teaches number sense, strategy, and problem solving and strengthens those skills at any grade level.
4.Cook. Following recipes, cutting it in half for fewer servings, or tripling it for a large gathering teaches very practical skills. Even a batch of lemonade can reinforce these skills.
5.Construction. When doing home improvement projects large or small, even young children can assist with taking measurements and computing amounts of materials needed (and feel great pitching in as well).
6.Garden. Involve children in gardening. Have the children determine the area of the garden. Have them calculate the amount of space taken up by tomatoes versus cucumbers, etc. Have students weigh the vegetables after they are picked.
7.Weather Watch. Have children set up a simple rain gauge to measure the amount of rain over the course of a month or the whole summer. You could track the temperature and humidity and plot it on a chart
8.Ride your bike. Get an odometer for their bicycles and use the distance traveled to calculate their average rate of speed. Children love to know how fast and how far they go.
9.Transportation. Compute miles to feet. How many gallons of gas per mile and the cost? All kind of math computations can be made.
10.Chart your time. Have your children keep a chart indicating how much time they spend reading, watching television, doing chores, and playing. Children can determine what fraction of the day or week they spend on each activity. Students can also keep a chart indicating how they spend money each week.