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Math Moments: 8 year olds

A whole new world of math possibilities is opening up, as your 8 year old uses the foundations of counting and partitioning numbers to apply math to their environment.

As parents, we often find ourselves wondering how our children are getting along with math. Is my kid lagging behind? Is he a superbrain? What is my child doing in class, and what can I be doing at home to support it?

In the latest of our Math Moments podcast series, mathematics maestro Craig Featherstone takes a look at elementary math students a year at a time, examining the important learning milestones and expectations. Craig explains what’s going on in your child’s math classroom, and gives tips on how to work on math skills at home.

If you’d like to read along, the DreamBox k-3 Math Learning website has a free downloadable math growth chart for 4-8 year olds.

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everybody loves algebra

everybody loves algebra

Math Moments: 7 year olds

Your seven year old is discovering a whole new world of math, shifting numbers around and experimenting with mental math to fill estimate unknown quantities: skills which form the basis of algebra.

As parents, we often find ourselves wondering how our children are getting along with math. Is my kid lagging behind? Is he a superbrain? What is my child doing in class, and what can I be doing at home to support it?

In the latest of our Math Moments podcast series, mathematics maestro Craig Featherstone takes a look at elementary math students a year at a time, examining the important learning milestones and expectations. Craig explains what’s going on in your child’s math classroom, and gives tips on how to work on math skills at home.

If you’d like to read along, the DreamBox k-3 Math Learning website has a free downloadable math growth chart for 4-8 year olds.

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Fishing for an online math solution?

Let’s face it – there are a lot of choices out there for techy wee ones.  In our house, we revolve around a Nintendo DS, Wii, a shiny new iPad, and many engaging online games. And that’s when we’re not out sledding or having snowball fights! But how can parents choose online games that are valuable educational tools and those that are merely fun? With concerns emerging about the pros and cons of excessive screen time (and the busy, over-scheduled lives of our kids), we want to make the most of the learning opportunities afforded online, without overdoing it. It may be difficult to assess the educational value of computer programs aimed at children – especially those aged 4 to 9.  But here’s some help!

“Parents may see a familiar cartoon character on a product and think that must mean it’s a good game for their child,” according to Mickelle Weary, Academic Director of DreamBox Learning K-3 Math, an award-winning web-based math program. “But is it really educational? Or is it just fluff? It can be very difficult to know until you’ve already bought the software and your child has played it for a while.” (more…)

math has its ups and downs

math has its ups and downs

Math Moments: 6 year olds

As parents, we often find ourselves wondering how our children are getting along with math. Is my kid lagging behind? Is he a superbrain? What is my child doing in class, and what can I be doing at home to support it?

In the latest of our Math Moments podcast series, mathematics maestro Craig Featherstone takes a look at elementary math students a year at a time, examining the important learning milestones and expectations. Craig explains what’s going on in your child’s math classroom, and gives tips on how to work on math skills at home.

If you’d like to read along, the DreamBox k-3 Math Learning website has a free downloadable math growth chart for 4-8 year olds.

In this episode, Craig explains why six year olds trust the count, and what implications this development has for their math learning.

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What should 5 year olds be able to do in math?

Don't play with knives!

Math Moments: 5 year olds

As parents, we often find ourselves wondering how our children are getting along with math. Is my kid lagging behind? Is he a superbrain? What is my child doing in class, and what can I be doing at home to support it?

In the latest of our Math Moments podcast series, mathematics maestro Craig Featherstone takes a look at elementary math students a year at a time, examining the important learning milestones and expectations. Craig explains what’s going on in your child’s math classroom, and gives tips on how to work on math skills at home.

If you’d like to read along, the DreamBox k-3 Math Learning website has a free downloadable math growth chart for 4-8 year olds.

In this episode, Craig explores 5 year old math benchmarks. Kids have the count down pat, so what do they do with it? In a surprise revelation, Craig talks about his dark fascination with knives.

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4 year olds

4 year olds can jump!

Math Moments: 4 year olds

As parents, we often find ourselves wondering how our children are getting along with math. Is my kid lagging behind? Is he a superbrain? What is my child doing in class, and what can I be doing at home to support it?

In the latest of our Math Moments podcast series, mathematics maestro Craig Featherstone takes a look at elementary math students a year at a time, examining the important learning milestones and expectations. Craig explains what’s going on in your child’s math classroom, and gives tips on how to work on math skills at home.

If you’d like to read along, the DreamBox k-3 Math Learning website has a free downloadable math growth chart for 4-8 year olds.

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If you’ve been keeping up with our math adventures, you’ll know that we recently picked up and moved all the way across the country! The journey itself was a great opportunity to practice math skills in really useful ways – like map reading, kilometer crunching, and keeping MathMum awake at the wheel!

Starting a new grade and with a brand new teacher is exciting in itself, but picking up and being the “new kid” at a brand new school is quite an experience for a 7 year old. Scarlet was really curious to know what the kids in her new school were up to. What had they studied in Science? Did they all know their times tables? Had they started division?

Scarlet’s Toronto teacher was kind enough to provide us with a bunch of curriculum materials. She had a Math Makes Sense workbook to plow through, several reading books, and even some French resources to keep her little brain active during long bouts in the car. She was quite determined that she’d be up to speed with her new classmates! We’d provided the new school with an “inventory” of Scarlet’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests, including some work samples and, of course, her report cards. (more…)

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Number lines are a great way to get little brains thinking about how numbers fit together. With just a couple of household items, you can have kids thinking about landmark numbers, estimating measurements, and order.

We used a headphone cord and a couple of chairs, but I think the crazier and more creative, the better (after this math adventure we tried two lamps and an old piece of coax, but it degenerated into limbo dancing).

Physical math activities that include various small tasks within a larger project have the power to engage kids for longer, and are way more fun than hitting a child over the head with a math book (for the child, anyway).

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Long car rides are enough to drive a parent to distraction, and our 2 plus 1 family odyssey across North America was no exception. Thankfully, I had a little math adventure up my sleeve to buy some respite…

Best Games for Building Math Skills

September 27, 2010

by: MathMum in activities

Games are fun, and math should be too!

We love games. We play a lot of them. And having several laptops in the house, our gaming life has taken on a whole new level of interactivity! Still, there’s nothing quite like bringing out a board game, organizing the pieces, counting the money….sounds like a math adventure to me!

Out-rolling MathMum every time, the lucky monkey!

We have found the following traditional board games to be absolutely excellent for learning and reinforcing math concepts with Scarlet. She’ll squirm through a worksheet, but doesn’t bat an eyelash at counting everyone’s stash in Monopoly. In fact, she’s recently taken on the role of the banker. A future commerce grad? Maybe once the breakdancing phase is over…..

Our favourite math enhancing board games:

  • Game of Life (money, number sense)
  • Monopoly (money, multiplication, calculating)
  • Mastermind (combinations, logic, probability)
  • Scrabble (adding up word values – great for literacy too! Try it with math words!)
  • RISK (counting troops, rolling dice, probability, substitution)
  • UNO – (counting)

A quick informal poll on Twitter also resulted in suggestions for High Ho the Cherry Oh, Cariboo, Chutes and Ladders, and Sorry. Which means I’d better head to my local toy store soon…..

Strategically kicking MathDad's butt.

And I’d be remiss in not mentioning the online games that Scarlet enjoys as well. Her digital literacy has expanded in leaps and bounds over the last year, and it’s a joy to watch her build these skills as well as honing her math understanding. Here are her current faves:

Online Games for Math Mastery

  • Arcademic Skill Builders – division, grandprix mulitplication, meteor multiplication, Penguin Jump multiplication, Tug Team Tractors multiplication)

So yes, math can be all fun and games!

What are your favourites?