Math can be a difficult subject for many students. Luckily, there are many things that parents can do at home to help foster a love for math and improve skills.
- Familiarize yourself with what your child is currently learning. This can be done by contacting their teacher or school.
- Let your child help with cooking and baking. This will help fractions and measurements come to life.
- Play math games at home (see your child’s teacher if you don’t have any).
- Allow your child to play math games on the computer such as www.prodigy.com and www.splashlearn.com
- Access Kahn Academy for math lessons that can help students with their homework.
- Have your child help you with the grocery shopping (adding prices, making change, etc.).
- Encourage them to do some math every day.
- Be willing to hire a tutor if the above tips aren’t allowing your child to make progress.
Attendance is one of the most important factors in determining a child’s success in school. Absences, especially at the elementary level may seem like they are not a big deal, but as you can see by viewing the chart below, it all adds up. Please make sure to send your child to school everyday.
In today’s world, kids have ample exposure to screens and spend a lot of time sitting. This is having an impact on kids’ health and happiness. Here are some tips to help them ditch the screens and move more.
- Be a Role Model. Children who see their parents being active, are more likely to be active themselves.
- Play with Your Children. Take a hike together, play basketball or catch in the yard, walk the dog or sign up for a class together.
- Use Exercise as Transportation. Walk your child to school, ride bikes to the park, park far away at stores and take stairs instead of elevators.
- Make it Fun. Children are more likely to do something if it’s fun. Turn on music and have a dance party, turn on a Go Noodle and follow along, play a movement video game like Dance Dance Revolution.
- Give Gifts that Encourage Physical Activity. Bicycles, roller skates, balls, etc. Activity tracking apps can be fun for kids as well.
- Limit Screen Time. Talk about screen time expectations and set a time limit. You can also have a set of movement activities that need to be completed before they are able to use their screen.