Practicing Math at Home

***Parents: don't be overwhelmed!  Try to practice one or two of these areas each evening.  A lot of math can be covered in 10 minutes!  You'll find your child's strengths and weaknesses quickly.  Then you'll know what to practice more and what will give them a confidence boost.

1.      Counting - By the end of second grade we count by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100.

2.  Practice math facts- Start with addition and subtraction.  We will move to multiplication and division later in the year.

Some ideas:

·         Flashcards – purchase or make cards with numbers with numbers 0-10 on them (or use playing cards).  Practice each family 0-9 (Example: Say, “Add 5”.  Flash each number card.  OR Say “Subtract from 10”.  Flash each card.

·       Play dominoes.  Before laying a domino, you must tell the sum or difference of the numbers.

·     Visit websites listed below.

3.    Time  - have your child practice reading an analog clock.  A practice clock can be made from a paper plate.  Ask questions like: "What time was it one hour ago?" or "How many hours are in a day?"

4.  Money  - have your child count piles of spare change.  It's also good to practice writing the amounts 2 ways...use a cent sign...use a dollar sign and a decimal.

5.  Measurement - have your child use a ruler or yardstick to measure items around the house.  Good questions are: "How many inches in one foot?  2 feet?"  or   "How many feet are in one yard?"

Math Practice Sites

 A.  Math Fact Practice www.wildmath.com B.  Games, Flashcards, Worksheets http://www.aplusmath.com/ C.  Lots of Games (not all are learning games) http://funschool.kaboose.com/index.html D. Create Your Own Worksheets http://www.mathfactcafe.com/ E.  Money http://www.usmint.gov/kids/games/