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Back-to-school is just around the corner – which means it’s time for kids to start thinking about math.
A summer away from school can be a lot of fun, but it can also result in the notorious summer slide, when math concepts and skills deteriorate. It’s important to start getting children’s math muscles warmed up now so they can hit the ground running when they get back into the classroom.
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer at Mathnasium, has come up with five ways to help kids sharpen their math skills that have the added value of being fun.
“When you’re at a restaurant, give your 3rd or 4th grader the bill and ask him to calculate the change. Or, when you are heading to an appointment, tell your daughter when you need to be there and how long it takes, and let her figure out what time to leave,” Larry says.
Here are Larry’s five back-to-school math tips, based on the same general approach used in Mathnasium Learning Centers across the country.
The everyday nature of these questions will emphasize that math is an important and useful skill in children’s lives, and asking them will help math climb right back to top of mind.
Mathnasium offers free booklets with additional study ideas titled Math Tips for Students and Math Tips for Parents, which are available at most Mathnasium franchise locations in the United States.
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