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Learning the fundamentals of math can be a challenge for many children, but it doesn’t have to be! Use these tips to support at-home learning, and your child will be well on their way to becoming a math magician!

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One of the most commonly hated subjects is math. It takes time and energy to understand math well enough to apply it to our day-to-day lives.

Because of this, many children don’t have the patience or energy to become competent in math.

For children, learning math basics is the stepping stone to critical thinking skills and higher-level problem-solving.

How can you engage your child in basic math when they hate it? Hint: The answer is not timed math drills (
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The best way for children to refine and improve their skills is by creating activities that are fun and engaging. Consider what your child enjoys doing (sports, singing, coloring, etc.) and

Through utilizing activities that are interesting and fun, your child will be able to synthesize the concepts of these math fundamentals.

Once your child is invested in the activity, they can become a math magician too! It is the goal that after enough practice with hands-on experience, your child will be able to solve math problems mentally.

This outcome is only possible with consistent practice of the concepts using methods that appeal to your child.

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Introducing MATH! Grade 1 by ArgoPrep: 600+ Practice Questions
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Introducing Math! by ArgoPrep is an award-winning series created by certified teachers to provide students with high-quality practice problems. This workbook is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Grade 1 mathematics. Our workbooks include topic overviews with instruction, practice questions, answer explanations along with free digital access to video explanations. Practice in confidence - with ArgoPrep! Chapter 1 - Operations and Algebraic Thinking 1.1. Represent and solve word problems. 1.2. Add and subtract within 20. 1.3. Understand Even adn Odd Numbers. Chapter 2 - Numbers & Operation in Base Ten 2.1. Understanding Three Digit Numbers. 2.2. Adding and Subtracting. Chapter 3 - Measurement & Data  3.1. Using Tools to Measure. 3.2. Using Addition and Subtraction to Solve Word Problems. 3.3. Working with Time and Money. 3.4. Represent Data. Chapter 4 - Geometry 4.1. Recognizing and Drawing Shapes. Chapter 5 - Mixed Assessment Our award-winning Kindergarten Introducing Math workbook is designed to help your child practice and help boost their scores in math. Created by licensed teachers, this workbook offers comprehensive practice questions on all topics students will face at the kindergarten level. Our workbooks are state-aligned and offer topic overviews with instruction, practice questions, answer explanations along with free digital access to video explanations. Unlike other workbooks on the market, our math and ELA workbooks come included with video explanations that's taught by a highly-qualified instructor on our website. Access our videos to your book on any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Boost your child's math score with confidence - with ArgoPrep! Introducing MATH! Grade 1 by ArgoPrep
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Kindergarten Math Common Core Workbook: Daily Practice
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This book is your comprehensive workbook for Kindergarten Math. By practicing and mastering this entire workbook, your child will become very familiar and comfortable with the state math exam and common core standards. This Kindergarten Common Core Math Daily Practice Workbook includes: 20 Weeks of Daily Math Practice Weekly Assessments State Aligned Common Core Curriculum End of Year Assessment This book has the following topics covered : Week 1 - Counting to 100 by ones and tens Week 2 - Counting forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence Week 3 - Counting and writing numbers from 0 to 20 Week 4 - Practice counting objects and saying the number names Week 5 - Determining a number that is “one more” Week 6 - Understanding that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger Week 7 - “How many” questions Week 8 - Greater than, less than, or equal to Week 9 - Comparing two numbers that are between 1 and 10 Week 10 - Representing addition and subtraction with objects and drawings Week 11 - Continuation with addition and subtraction using objects and drawings Week 12 - Using diagrams to solve addition and subtraction problems Week 13 - Finding the number that makes 10 when added to the given number Week 14 - Adding and subtracting within 5 Week 15 - Composing and decomposing numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones. Week 16 - Length vs. weight Week 17 - Classifying objects into given categories Week 18 - Identifying and describing various shapes Week 19 - Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size Week 20 - Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes End of Year Assessment Each question is labeled with the specific common core standard so both parents and teachers can use this workbook for their student(s). This workbook takes the Common Core State Standards and divides them up among 20 weeks. By working on these problems on a daily basis, students will be able to (1) find any deficiencies in their understanding and/or practice of math and (2) have small successes each day that will build competence and confidence in their abilities. Interested in ELA Kindergarten Workbook? Click here..
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Math Magician Addition

What better way to become a math magician than to make addition a magic trick?

Find a small cardboard box, cut the top out of it and a door in the front. In the hole at the top of the box stick two toilet paper rolls in and secure them with glue. Next, make flashcards with addition problems on them.

When it’s time to play, attach the card over the door using a clip. Using beads, pompoms, legos, or even chocolate chips, have your child insert the number of items that corresponds to the card in the correct toilet paper roll.

They will do this for both numbers of the equation in the corresponding toilet paper roll. For example if the problem reads 4 + 7, they would insert 4 chocolate chips in the left slot and 7 chocolate chips into the right slot.

When they are finished, ask them to solve the problem, right or wrong, it’s okay, because once they open the door, they will see that they have the answer! There are
of this activity. Find the one that will work best for you!

If your family enjoys board and card games, you may enjoy one of the many games available for purchase that deals with addition.

Here are a few of the more popular math games that you can purchase and start playing immediately:
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, and
, are all easy to learn and fun to play! (Some ultra-competitive kids may find playing games frustrating if they can’t easily win. Be mindful of your child’s personality when bringing games home to play to ensure maximum fun and skill retention!)

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Math Magician Subtraction

One of the oldest methods of subtraction is using our fingers to count up and down based on if we’re adding or subtracting.

Make it more fun for your child (and help them make that transition to mental solving) by tracing their hands on a piece of paper. Cut the tracings out and put small pieces of velcro on each of the fingers and the palm of the hand.  Attach the hands to a piece of paper by gluing a strip along the back center of the hand. Make sure to not glue the fingers down!

Using subtraction flashcards or even homework assignments, walk your child through sticking a finger down for each number being subtracted.

For example, if the problem reads: 10-3, your child would stick three fingers down and count which fingers remain. Keep these hands as a resource that your child can use as they work through independent work with subtraction.

Consider making it more fun by allowing your child to make the hands look like their favorite superhero or by painting the nails (or both!).

If your child enjoys more active learning, make subtraction a game. Set up 10 bowling pins and then have them figure out the remainder of pins after each roll. You can even set it up for them by writing “10- ___ =” to encourage the setting up of equations.

Another fun activity is whack-a-ball subtraction. For this activity, you will need 10 ping pong balls, a Kleenex box, and a toy hammer. Cut 10 holes in the bottom of the box that are just large enough to nestle the ping pong balls inside. Then using subtraction flashcards, have your child whack the balls that correspond with the number being subtracted. After they whack the balls out, their answer will remain!

 

Math Magician Multiplication

With the use of a
from your local hardware store, you can transform an ordinary home improvement item into a reusable multiplication table.

Convert the tile by lining numbers on the y-axis and x-axis using a wet/dry erase marker. Then have your child fill in the remaining tiles with the multiplication answers. When complete, wash off, and it’s ready for next time. Use this method whenever your child needs some extra attention on specific numbers for multiplying.

Another fun way to make multiplication more challenging (and delicious) is to prepare a recipe together. Try doubling or tripling the recipe for a bigger multiplication challenge. Find a recipe online for cookies, bread, or even slime and spend the afternoon creating something with your child. As they figure out the total amount for each ingredient they have successfully honed their multiplication skills!

 

Math Magician Division

To help your child understand division, one of your best educational resources is food that they enjoy. Whether M&M’s, pretzels, or blueberries, set up flashcards with division problems on them. Next, give your child bowls or cups, to correlate with the divisor from the flashcard. For example, if the problem is 15÷3, set out three bowls and take 15 blueberries to sort into the bowls. After distributing the berries, count the contents of one bowl (aka the quotient!).

If your child enjoys being read to, there are many division stories available. One of the more popular ones, “
” will take your child on a wild adventure, while teaching them how to divide groups by 2, 3, and 4! By the end of the story, your child will have been doing math despite any challenges they face with division!

Learning math doesn’t have to be intimidating, boring, or an epic battle with your child. There are countless resources available to pinpoint the exact concepts that your child may need extra attention with. Finding opportunities to encourage your child to do math in your daily lives will reinforce the skill. Ask them to sort, add, subtract something as simple as their afternoon snack! Create the connection that math is around them and that they will actually use math outside of school. Most importantly, make math fun and approachable, and very soon your child will be a math magician!

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