# Tips and Tricks for Parents with K-5 Kiddos- GROUPING!

May 31, 2017 | Stone Oak

Tips and Tricks for Parents with K-5 Kiddos!

If your child is in kindergarten through fifth grade and still seems to be struggling with any of the following: 1. Counting (from any number to any number by any number), 2. Grouping, 3. Fractions, 4. Problem Solving, 5. Money, 6. Pictures, 7. Addition/Subtraction, 8. Telling time, or 9. Percents. keep reading for tips and techniques to use with your chidren at home!

We will be posting these tips one week at a time. Last week was counting, and this week is #2. GROUPING!

### Grouping

The ability to group, or divide things/objects/quantities into equal sets or "groups" is an important skill for chilren to develop. With good grouping skills, children are able to recognize patterns faster and compute math problems mentally with ease. Here are some tips and verbal questions to ask your child throughout the day to really hone their grouping skills! These questions are all centered around the number "10", with good reason! By focusing on the number 10, multiples of 10, and powers of 10, students can do these computations mentally and avoid paper and pencil computation, which is great to develop mental math fluency!

* 7 and how much more make 10?; 70 and how much more make 100?, 700 and how much more make 1000?

* 10 and how much more make 15?; 10 and how much more make 18?; 10 and how much more make 25?

*17 and how much more make 20?; 87 and how much more make 100?; 667 and how much more make 1000?

* How far is it from 6 to 10?; How far is it from 89 to 100?; How far is it from 678 to 1.000?

* How many 10s are then in 70?...100?...200?...340?...500?...1,000?...10,000?...1,000,000?

* How many 4-person teams can you make out of 12 kids? ....20 kids?...100 kids...? 50 kids?

* How much is 5, four times? ...ten times?... a hundred times?...a thousand times?

By doing these verbal exercises with your children now, you are also setting them up for division and multiplication later on. We are introducing the concept of groups, and how we can divide and multiply them into smaller and larger numbers!