Thursday, June 16, 2016  10:24 AM | By: Matt Dow
Keep Your Fractions In Check: How to Stay Sharp With Math

During the summer, all your child can probably think about is fun in the sun with their friends. However, many educators are concerned about students retaining the information they learned during the school year. According to Johns Hopkins University, students lose approximately two months in math skills during the summer. Prevent summer brain drain and keep your child’s math skills sharp with these activities.

Candy Bar Fractions

Candy Bar Fractions

This activity can help keep your child’s fractions in check. Simply lay out candy on a sheet of paper, and have your child figure out what fraction the candy represents. Create four different problems using both sides of one piece of paper. Once you have the candy set up, have your child write in what fraction they think it represents. Present them with more challenging ones, like 4/12, which could be reduced down to 1/3.

The Estimation Game

The Estimation Game

Create a summer twist to this game by using beach or pool towels. Take the towels out of your linen closet and hide them where your child cannot see them. Have your child guess how many towels can fit on one shelf. Count together as you put each one in and see how close he or she gets. You can also do this with fruits in a bowl, or hot dogs on a grill. There are plenty of opportunities for your child to improve their estimation skills!

Addition and Subtraction by Height

growth-chart

If your child has an older or younger sibling, you can have him or her practice their subtraction skills through height. For younger ones, convert their feet and inches measurement to just inches. If you have growth chart in your house, this will allow you to easily measure height. Put your height first, then your child's height. See if they are able to subtract the numbers.

For children on a third grade level or higher, make them figure out the difference in both feet and inches. Have them convert it to all inches once they figure out the difference in both.

Keep The Change & Calculate the Sale

Keep The Change & Calculate the Sale

It’s never too early to teach your children about money management. Take your children to a grocery store or department store. Say an item is $2.25 cents. Ask your child how much money you would get back if you paid with $3, $5, or $20. If they get a correct answer, you can allow them to select an item of their choice, like a candy bar.

You can also work with your children to calculate sales. For those with children who have gone through multiplication, ask your child how much would 20 percent off be on an item that’s priced at $20. Have them convert the percentage in their head to a decimal. They should then take the actual price, multiply it with the converted decimal, and then take the original price and subtract it with his or her answer.

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