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St. Cecelia Catholic School Discusses Ways to Make Math Fun at Home

Boy learning math with colored pom poms

Your son or daughter has math homework, and there’s a question you can’t answer or a concept your child can’t seem to grasp. Or maybe you want your child to maintain math concepts over the summer to get ready for the next school year. St. Cecelia Catholic School outlines some ways to make math fun at home in today’s blog.

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Age-Appropriate Lessons

The definition of fun is different for kids based on their ages. What’s fun for a five- or six-year-old may not be fun for a middle school student. When planning math lessons at home, consider colorful, hands-on activities for youngsters, while middle school students might have more fun using technology.

Dice or Dominoes

You can use dice in many different ways to make math fun at home. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are all relevant here. You have regular six-sided dice with dots on them or colored dice with numbers ranging from four-sided varieties up to 20-sided dice. You can also use dominos in place of dice.

Use What You Have for Hands-On Lessons

Scrounge around at home to see what you have for counting or math lessons. Craft items for counting come in handy here.

Look for:

  • Pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colored construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Dry beans or noodles

When you have something that’s hands-on, make sure the items fit comfortably into your child’s hands. 

Board Games or Card Games

You can turn ordinary card games or board games into fun math lessons, particularly when you have dice, spinners, or drawing cards. Rather than playing the game with standard rules, have your son or daughter perform a math function and move that many spaces on the board. The game may finish faster, but your child will remember the math lessons. 

Or create a math concentration game using flashcards. When your son or daughter finds the matching card, they get to keep it by answering to the operation on the card.

Make a Recipe

Whether it’s cooking food, green slime, or crystals, you need to add precise amounts of ingredients for the best results. Using a recipe gives your child an example of how math works in everyday life. Recipes are great for younger and older children.

Money

Children from ages seven and up become more and more interested in money. Younger kids can count money using coins and currency. Older children can delve into concepts such as wages, taxes, earnings, debit cards, bank accounts, and investing in stocks. 

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Math Tips From St. Cecelia Catholic School

The staff at St. Cecelia encourages you to take proactive steps to help your child learn math lessons at home. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more tips. Contact St. Cecelia online or call (727) 461-1200 if you have any questions.

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