Math is everywhere, and you can help your children make connections between what they are learning in school and everyday experiences at home and in the community, such as at the store, cooking at home, or managing money.
Here are some ideas about how math can be part of your regular day-to-day routine:
• Math games – Math puzzles and games can show that math is fun. They also require trial-and-error
thinking, enhance numeracy and logical thinking, and promote discussion.
• Math on TV – Watch educational television programs. Many offer websites with activities to do together, including free games, apps, math crafts, and songs.
• Math at the grocery store – You can talk to your child about how to weigh fruit on a scale or how to estimate the total cost of items as you fill your cart.
• Math with money – Help your child manage money by creating a budget together or saving to make a
special purchase. Or you could go shopping together and help with estimating the amount of a purchase,
calculating the tax and checking the change.
• Math in computer games – If your child enjoys the computer, introduce them to fun and educational
web-based games and activities.
• Math in the kitchen – Bake, cook and prepare food with your child. There are many great math opportunities in the kitchen, such as measuring ingredients.
By making math a priority and finding ways to help your child with math at home and in day-to-day life,
you are helping to inspire a love of learning, and a better understanding of math. Read more information and resources on how to help your child with math at home. (A Parent's Guide to the Fundamentals of Math: Grades 1-8, August, 2018)