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08/30/2016
Some people love it, some people hate it; some find it easy, others would do almost anything to avoid it…Math. Some of us would rather write a 1000 word essay about the weather today, than live through another Math class. If that is the way an adult feels about numbers, imagine how children who struggle with numbers feel. What if we could find a way to help them learn without making them feel like they are working? Games: learning is always easier with fun involved. Tutoring at The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA can help children stop children’s dismay regarding Math classes.

Math in Cooking

In the world of cooking, things are easier when they’re explained in cup and spoon measurements. Unfortunately, not all recipes come on those simple terms. At times you have to use math for weight or temperature conversions. Maybe the recipe comes in Fahrenheit and you use Celsius, or it may come in grams and you use ounces; the fact is, you need math.  On occasion you may want to make more or make less of the recipe; you need math for that too. Invite children to the kitchen and let them help you figure out the amounts you have to use. Ask them questions about the amounts of ingredients they’re using as well. They will be practicing their numbers while cooking and spending quality time with you. The results of their work will be an edible treat.

Math at the Supermarket

Next time you go grocery shopping, bring your child with you. At the checkout, ask them to estimate the total of how much you’ll pay, if they get it right or are within a five dollar difference let them pick a small prize from the store. If you’re getting a discounted product, ask them to calculate how much you would save if you get it. Let them help you count the money, if you are paying in cash. Make them see that math is everywhere and it is actually something you use daily.

Math on the Road

There are so many possibilities to practice math while traveling or on the road:
  • Tell your child to look at the speed limits on the road signs, and then tell them to check the speedometer from time to time to tell you if you are going too fast and how much are you going above or below the speed limit.
  • Ask them questions like: “If the speed limit is 65 miles per hour, and the place where we are going is two hours away, how many miles away is it?”
  • When pumping gas, tell your child to look at the price per gallon, and ask them to calculate before the pump how many gallons will you get with the 20 dollars you paid. If they win before the time runs up they get to pick the music for the trip.
  • Super easy, counting the amount of white or black cars (or any color car) on the road, how many of them are trucks, SUVs or sedans. They can write down their notes if they wish to do so.

Math and Simon Says

For younger children, a game with more physical activity make work better. Go outside and play Simon Says. Give them silly instructions such as: Simon Says:
  • Hop five times on your left leg
  • Take three tiny steps to the left and one big step to the right
  • Turn around four times and lift two fingers in your right hand.
  • Run up and down the sidewalk for 10 seconds
  • Clap seven times and blink twice.
Bonus, this can also help their motor skills and recognizing different body parts. To develop these and more skills with tutoring in San Ramon CA, contact The Tutoring Center for your child's free assessment at (925) 362-3320.

Math and Reading

Some children love to read or being read to. Work on language skills and math with this simple activity. Invest on children’s books with math themes. Here are a few suggestions:
  • How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? By Margaret McNamara teaches children about estimation using a pumpkin to guess how many seeds are inside.
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, is a story about a rabbit and how he uses a box and his imagination to turn it into many shapes.
  • A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins and Kady McDonald Denton, explains children the concept of passing time.
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fractions by Jerry Pallota, as the title says this book teaches fraction using Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars.
It is important to remember that children learn attitudes from their parents. If you are being negative about math, that’s the idea your child will have about it too. Avoid unconsciously impressing on your children the idea that math class and homework is always the hardest. Instead remind them there is always a way to make practicing fun.

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