Proportional reasoning is an important mathematical way of thinking that’s used in school and in everyday life. The video explains what proportional reasoning is, why it’s important and what parents can do to support its development in their children.
Click on the link below to watch this short video.
How Many Nickels Make a Dollar?
Here are some ways parents can help their kids connect and practice math in “real life.”
- Have your child count down the time (weeks, days and/or hours) to a special day or holiday
- Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making
- Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team
- Ask your child to count the change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping. Or, with older kids, to help track the family budget.
- Explain what you’re doing whenever you use a measuring tape, a scale, or a ruler.
- Ask for your child’s help.
Over the years, there has been a lot of research to support the ways in which math is taught in school. Here are some strategies you can use to support your child/children at home with their learning at school.
1. Connect math to every day life – Talk about how math is used every day such as paying bills, buying groceries, ingredients in recipes, measuring tape to record measurements and so much more!
2. Play games together – Math is fun! Play family family games together that involve counting and/or strategies for math. Chess, Checkers, Uno, Junior Monopoly are a few examples of bringing math to life.
3. Cooking – Involve children in helping out with recipes and measuring out the ingredients or estimate the number of a specific ingredient to feed people.
4. Money – use coins to help children understand that different items cost different amounts of money. Ask children which coins are needed to pay for the item of their choice.
5. Sports Math – Math is directly linked in sports such as batting averages, the score a of hockey game, percentages of wins vs. losses.
For as long as I have been teaching, families have always been encouraged to read with their child. This promotes quality time together and models the importance of reading together. Here are some ways to make reading fun:
1. Read all kind of materials not just books. For example, stories, poems, newspapers, flyers, magazines, maps, comics and recipes.
2. Point out words and phrases around you. For example, on signs, cereal boxes, ingredients on food packages, street signs, maps, posters and books.
3. Let your child/children select books they are interested in.
4. Read with excitement, expression, incorporate different voices.
5. Act out what you are reading, make puppets or backgrounds of stories.
6. Give clue about a mystery word you are thinking.
7. Play matching and memory games together.
8. Sing lots of rhyming songs together.
This section of my blog is meant to support families with ways to help their child/children at home with the learning that takes place at school. It is fun and easy and not time consuming. Please check back regularly for a variety of suggestions to make learning fun while spending quality time together.