Winter break for many kids means they don’t have to do any school work, or think about school. They get a break from learning. But these breaks in learning can often lead to set backs and make it harder on the teachers when the kids come back because they will have to go over and review everything they were teaching the children before the break. To make it easier on your child as well as the teacher you should keep your child’s learning going during the break. Review with your child what they already know and work on areas they are weak. Here are some tips on how to keep your child’s math skills sharp over winter break.
Have your child help count how many cards you have.
Have your child count how many cards you have to send out. Then have them count how many people you are sending cards to. See if they can figure out if you have more or less cards than you are sending out.
Let your child help with the groceries.
Let your child help keep track of how much you are spending when you go out to do grocery shopping. Most people have a budget and have to stick by it. Having your child help add up the items that you are buying can help keep you on budget. If it is a lot of stuff, let them bring a calculator to help keep track or a pen and paper to work out their addition skills on and keep track.
Practice math in the car.
Instead of listening to music in the car, quiz your child with some math problems and see if they can answer them. Let your child keep a pencil and paper in the car to work the equations out. Many children these days can not work out math problems in their head, see if you can help your child accomplish doing this by quizzing them in the car when they do not have access to a pencil and paper and a calculator.
A number of children have problems figuring out story math problems. By practicing telling a story with a math question in it in the car, you can help your child work through these story math problems and become more familiar with them and not so intimidated by them.
Have your child count license plates.
Every child loves to play the license plate game in the car when on vacation, where they try to find as many different license plate states as they can. Add a twist to this game by having them keep track of how many of each state, everyone in car spots and then add them all up for a total number of license plates. Winter vacation means a lot of people will be traveling to be with family so it is the perfect time to play this game even if you and your family are not traveling.
Hopefully with these four simple ideas you can keep your child’s math skills sharp over the school’s winter vacation.