Math skills are useful outside of the classroom, and showing kids how they use them in real life can give them more confidence to learn new concepts. Consider these three simple ways to help kids practice math over the summer.
Three Creative Ways to Help Kids Practice Math Skills Outside of School
You don’t necessarily need drill work, workbooks, apps or games to help your kids practice math. The following practical math ideas can help them practice their math skills and even learn new ones.
Go Shopping Together
Take your kids shopping and encourage them to calculate the cost of buying groceries. They will get plenty of review adding, multiplying, subtracting and estimating. Alternatively, you can allow them to bring a calculator so they can become proficient in the use of this important device.
Building is a great activity for active kids who often don’t enjoy sitting down to do math review worksheets. You can build something large such as a tree house or dog house; alternatively, you may want to start with small building projects such as a toy boat or bird feeder. Building helps your kids practice measuring with a ruler and teaches them the importance of getting it just right.
Baking is great fun because you get a tasty reward when you’re done. What’s more, your baked and cooked goods are likely to be far healthier than many store-bought treats. Choose a recipe with your kids and have them help you measure the ingredients and pour them into the bowl. Younger children can stick to reviewing basic measurements such as teaspoons, tablespoons, half cup, quarter cup and thirds of a cup. Older children from grade 3 on up can practice multiplying or dividing ingredient measurements as needed so the recipe is just the right size for your family.
Older kids (from grades 3-4 on up) may enjoy making some pocket money over the summer. They can do this by selling items they no longer need at a garage sale or flea market, setting up a lemonade stand or bake sale or signing up for a paper route. Encourage them to divide their earnings into money that can be spent right away and money that is saved for a specific future goal. Your kids will quickly learn to calculate their earnings; what’s more, they will also learn self-disciple and the importance of setting goals.
Practical math activities can help you spend time with your child doing something that is both fun and educational. Kids will become more proficient in math as they use it in the “real world;” this can, in turn, boost their grades when they return to school later on in the year.
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