• School and Learning
    Arithmetic
    How to Get Your Kids to Love Math
    How to Get Your Kids to Love Math When it comes to mathematics, most U.S. kids just aren't making the grade. A recent study conducted on students in grades 4 and 8 by the American Institutes for Research found that children in the United States c...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Math Activities
    Shopping Math
    Shopping Math Required: Your time only It's true that everyone loves a bargain. But do you and your child know how to spot one? On your next food shopping spree, ask your child to use his or her math know-how to find the best bargains in the sto...
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    Math Activities
    Secret Mathematical Formulas
    Secret Mathematical Formulas Required: Pen and paper Here's a game where your child knows all the answers. But does he or she know the questions? Think of a mathematical formula that reflects the type of problems your child is studying in school...
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    Math Activities
    Math Codes
    Math Codes Required: Writing supplies Kids love to make and break codes. Here's a variation that adds a new level of fun and reinforces basic math skills at the same time. You can easily adjust the level of challenge for your child's math and re...
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    Math Activities
    Every Number Counts
    Every Number Counts Required: One or more phone books Here's a game that answers the age-old question: What do I do with all the phone books I have lying around? Before you recycle them, ask your child to play a math game that requires their use...
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    Math Activities
    Teaching Kids About Roman Numerals
    Teaching Kids About Roman NumeralsA guide to the rules of Roman Numerals.Materials Pencil PaperDirections Explain to your child that the number symbols we use every day came from Arabia and are called Arabic numerals. A different system was used ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Real-World Math
    Real-World MathDirections The following activities will help your child make the connection between math and the real world. Let your child help with the grocery shopping. Check and compare prices, weights, and quantities together. Let him use a ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Activities
    Green Guessing Game
    Green Guessing GameMaterials Tape Green candy Shoebox with lid Slips of paper Utility knife Pencil Jar with lidDirections Tape the lid to the box and cut a slit in the lid. Fill a jar with green candy, counting the pieces you put in the jar. Plac...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Card Games
    Fourteens
    FourteensMaterials Deck of playing cardsDirections Deal twelve cards faceup in a row. Deal three more rows overlapping the first row, then deal the remaining four cards as a fifth row on the first four columns. All the cards should be visible. R...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Math Activities
    Estimating
    EstimatingEstimating is an important everyday skill. And when a child estimates the answer to a math problem, he understands the problem better and solves it more easily. Use the following activities to help your child practice estimating. Direct...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Calendar Math
    Calendar MathMaterials Large sheet of poster board or paper (at least three feet square) or old bed sheet Pen or marker BeanbagDirections Read the calendar with your child daily. Say the day of the week, the month, the date, and the year. Ask yo...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Summer Learning
    Sharpen Basic Skills in the Summer
    Learn strategies to foster basic skills in a ten-year-old. ...
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    Math Activities
    Logical-Mathematical Gift-Boosting Activities
    Logical-Mathematical Gift-Boosting Activities How many parents have said, "I'm just not good at math?" How many girls are still told math is out of their league? Math and logical thinking are the cornerstones of our technological society, not to ...
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    Tackling Football Math
    Tackling Football MathFootball players have big necks, huge arms, and fast-moving feet. They can also do the math! Whether your favorite player is a right tackle or a fullback, he's got to be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and figure ou...
    Cindy Bond