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Math Fun At Christmastime

It’s always nice to have some new activities for children around the holidays to help continue on their quest to learn math. Christmas is no exception. So I went looking for an article that would help parents and teachers alike to have their children have some fun while learning math. I found a nice article by Teresa Evans that I will share with you.

 

Christmas Math Activities

Christmas math activities are an ideal classroom treat during the time leading up to Christmas. However there are many Christmas math activities that are also ideal for home. These Christmas activities with a focus on math are an ideal way to make math practice fun and to get kids really enthusiastic about math.

Try these Christmas math activities with the kids and you are sure to have them begging for more.

Christmas Counting
This is a version of the counting game Buzz. For the Christmas version, you just need to replace the word ‘buzz’ with a Christmas word. You could use the word ‘Santa’ or the word ‘reindeer’ instead of ‘buzz’. To play the game, the children count around the group with each person taking a turn to say a number. When they get to the number 7, any multiple of 7 or any number containing a digit 7, they simply say ‘Santa’ instead of saying the number. If a player says the number instead of saying ‘Santa’ they are out. The counting will go like this, ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Santa, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Santa.

The aim of the game is to count as far as possible with no one making a mistake or it can be played as an elimination game with the last person left in the game being the winner. It can also be played using a different number as the ‘Santa’ number. Try it with the number 5 for an easier version of the game or try it with 8 or 9 for a more difficult version.

Santa’s Sleigh
This Christmas math activity is ideal for practicing any basic math skills that you choose. You will need a picture of a sleigh and pictures of 8 reindeer for each player or team. The children can be involved in drawing the reindeer pictures and might like to name each reindeer also. The object of the game is to be the first player or team to add the 8 reindeer in front of Santa’s sleigh.

Two players or teams compete to be the first to answer the question. You could use basic addition facts for the game or more complex calculations involving decimal numbers or percentages. The first player to answer correctly wins a reindeer to add in front of their sleigh. The reindeer can be taped or pinned onto the sleigh. The first player or team with eight reindeer is the winner.

There are many, many different ways to give your math practice a Christmas flavor. Use the Christmas math activities above to make math more interesting but also consider some other educational Christmas activities. Try some Christmas word puzzles like a Christmas ‘Word Find’ or play a game of Christmas hangman with Christmas words. You could also try a game of Christmas bingo using Christmas words. Hope these ideas help to make Christmas more fun for the kids. Merry Christmas!

Teresa Evans is a teacher and parent who has created a set of printable Christmas games and activities. Visit www.kids-christmas-activities.com to get your set of free printable Christmas games and activities.

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That’s two different ideas that will definitely make learning math at Christmas-time more fun for the children. Hope you enjoyed it and will give them a try.
 
Have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, otherwise we wish you a Happy Holiday!
 
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Learning Math Made Fun

There are many different ways that math can be made fun and learning how to do this isn’t necessarily all that hard.

Here’s an article that will give you some ideas that you can take and run with – literally!  🙂

Here it is for your reading enjoyment:


Making Math Fun For Kids

As adults, we use math for everything. Buying gas, figuring out a budget, cooking, painting a room. In pretty much everything we do, we use some form of math.

As children, math can be simple and come easy or it can be extremely frustrating. Therefore, start young and make math fun and a part of their everyday life. When children see math as useful knowledge, they will be more likely to embrace the challenges as the situations arise.

Math is all around your house. It is in the everyday duties you perform and also in the creative activities you offer your family. You can easily make math an everyday activity for your children without any additional requirements of you, or, you can get creative. Either way, you can make math fun for your kids.

Many websites offer printable math activities. Used as a quiet time activity, children enjoy sitting down and tracing, counting, seeking or analyzing the colorful worksheets offered. These worksheets are designed to make math fun for kids. Why re-invent the wheel?

If you are in the mood to be creative, your options are limitless but truly, very little prep time is needed. Depending of course on the age of your child, some easy math games for kids are:

• Give your child cotton balls. Offer them a plastic jar to fill up. Once it is full, everyone can guess how many are in the jar. Your child can dump them out, count them and see who was closest.
• Set your child on a washable floor. With a pan of water, a big spoon and a jar, let them fill it up, counting the spoonfuls as they go.
• Save sheets of paper that you intend to recycle. Let your child wad it up and throw it in recycle bin. If they hit the target, they get 3 points. If they miss, take away 2 points.
• Have they earned a treat? Who can get the most bites out of the treat?

When you are overburdened with your workload, triple dip! Do your work, get help from the kids and make math games for kids to play.

• Do you need to cook or bake something? Show your child how to do the measuring.
• In need of a simple home repair? Ask your child to get you what you need and how many you need.
• Vacuuming? Ask your child to count how many swipes it takes to get all the way across the room. They can either watch you or do the vacuuming themselves.
• Time to pick up clutter? How many things are misplaced? The person who finds the most gets to get out of doing dishes.

See, math made fun!

There are so many math games for kids. Some may require you to search for them on the internet, others may just be a necessity to help getting a job done and others can simply be creative and fun. With any case, you have helped create games for kids to play while they learned.

Pretty smart of you!

By: Chris Lowrey

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Chris Lowrey Author/Editor of Family Time Charm A truly unique family magazine. Family Time Charm is designed for the entire family. For more parenting articles, fun games for kids and educational activities for all, visit: www.familytimecharm.com

So there you have your prescription for having fun with mathematics. Hope you have some fun with it!

Have a great day!

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Make Learning Math Fun For Your Child

Making math a fun subject for your child is always a challenge. So while researching this topic, I came across an article (that was almost a commercial) for some games which would help your child learn math while having fun. I checked them out and thought I’d share the article with you as the games look pretty good.

Math is fun for some people but kids may not find it so. These young ones have favorite pastimes that they like doing which keeps them entertained. Why shouldn’t math also be entertaining? Modern day children spend most of their time watching movies and playing computer games.

Can you ignore math in a children’s life?

This is an absolute no! This is a very important part of any children’s life because it is applicable in all spheres of the kid’s life. They will definitely meet math at work, in school, in their social life… just name any situation and you will realize that it cannot be ignored.

Making math more fun for kids

Many cool math games are available to help you engage kids with fun ways to make the children interested in math. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to force your kid to stop doing math? What if you have at your disposal so many ways through which you can encourage your children to learn math without so much effort?

Have you ever imagined getting your kids results from school that show steady improvement in math grades? Amazing, right?

What do you have to do to achieve this?

Believe it or not, you don’t have to do anything to achieve this. Because all the work has been done for you. Cool math games for kids allow you to ignite the passion for math in your kids whether in first second or third grade or a home-schooler with quality math games. These games are available for you in form of books that can be downloaded on your computer as fast as five minutes.

Developed by professionals who have tested the games on children in different class environments having different abilities, the games give you new and effective approaches that have taken many years to refine. What more does these games offer you?

Get creative. Use your own ideas which you think is suitable for your child.

Get all the resources you need. Do not spend more cash on books and software because the package comes with all the ideas you can ever need.

All you need is a printer and paper and you are good to go. You don’t need to spend a lot of cash on expensive materials.

Create a classroom environment that your child will feel happy to be part of.

The games are interesting and captivating for any child regardless of their ability or learning style. Use number or word problems to grab your child’s attention.

As much as the games are entertaining, they are challenging enough to grab the kid’s attention and make them try again and again.

These games are applicable in different settings, whether in class or at home.

You will get the flexibility you need. Print only the copies you need and only what is relevant for your kid.

So, let your kid know how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, master fractions, time, counting, percentages and many more games by doing them practically and using user-friendly interfaces. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you will find this package easy to use and come up with unique ideas that will surely make math interesting for your kid!

Anna Perkins encourages you to get more information about how to make math more fun for your kids. Making math more fun for all kids should be a priority for parents and teachers.

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I hope you enjoyed the article.
Have a great day!

 
 

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Can Learning Math Really Be Fun?

Quite often, when you mention the word “math”, you’ll get response like “ugh”, “I hate math”, “I’ve never been good at math” and many other negative responses!

It doesn’t have to be that way for most people though. In fact, learning math can be a fun process! (You know Mathnasium’s motto is “we make learning math fun” right?) You may be skeptical about that, so here’s an article where someone else believes that learning math can be a fun process!

Learning Basic Math Facts Can Be Fun… … Really

I know what you are thinking, there’s no way learning basic math facts can be fun. It’s a matter of memorization mostly, but still, it doesn’t have to be boring for you or your child. Utilizing some memory games and incorporating props can be very helpful for children who are initially learning math. Try some of these ideas yourself and you might just be surprised.

Flash cards are a tried and true technique, but how can you make them more fun? Stickers are a great way to show progress. If your child can provide the answer to a given flash card within three seconds, they get to put a sticker on the card. It’s surprising how motivating this is for a child who is struggling with their basic math facts.

Playing games online is another fun way to sharpen one’s skills. There are thousands of sites dedicated to math and many of them are free. Simply find a few that your child likes and rotate through them so your child doesn’t get bored or the site doesn’t become too easy. Some even have timed sections to help your child get faster at answering questions.

Another great option is to play a math memory game. Write the questions and answers on separate index cards and turn them over. You and your child will flip over different cards until you find the match. Your child will enjoy the game and the attention you are giving them and they will learn in the process.

Modifying games is simple and affordable for all parents. All it requires is a little time on your part. Create a shoe box full of homemade math games that your child can pick from on a daily basis. Spend at least 15 minutes a day practicing through these fun techniques and your child will be more confident in math in addition to being able to pass those timed tests.

By: Jocelyn R. Lewiston

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Jocelyn Lewiston is a teacher and writer on various educational topics including learning basic math facts and fun ways to practice spelling words. She is dedicated to making education fun and interesting for all children.

So as you can see, there are others who believe that it can be a fun process to learn math, you just have to think outside the “normal” boundaries.

How about you? Are you now a believer?

Have a great day!

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Help Your Child Learn Math With Fun Games

I found this video for a free math game that you can let your children play to help them learn math while having fun.

Check it out and try it out:

TuxMath Tutorial – Free Math Games For Children
www.schoolfreeware.com TuxMath is also know as Tux of Math Command. It is a free program and can be downloaded at alioth.debian.org Or tux4kids.alioth.debian.org TuxMath runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Unix and Linux. There are updates that come regularly, so check back with the site often for the new program. Also, the program is open source with the code available for free download. So, all of the game programmers can take a look at the code and see how the game is programmed. There are two games in TuxMath the first is comet zap (missile command) and the other is Factoroids (Asteroids). The game play on comet zap is well done with good graphics, sound effects and music. Factoroids can be a bit frustrating at times because it can be hard to dodge the asteroids, type the answers and fire the laser without being destroyed. The Math Command Training Academy has levels broken down in a way that teachers can find a level that closely matches their existing math lesson plans.

 
What do you think? Looks like fun, right?

Hope your children enjoy this.

Have a great day!
 

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Have Some Fun Learning Math!

If you’re like I was, you probably don’t associate learning math with fun! But … it really can become fun for your child if you use a little imagination! So to get you started on helping your child learn math while having fun, here’s a great article I found from the article directory.

Learning Basic Math Facts Can Be Fun… Really

 I know what you are thinking, there’s no way learning basic math facts can be fun. It’s a matter of memorization mostly, but still, it doesn’t have to be boring for you or your child. Utilizing some memory games and incorporating props can be very helpful for children who are initially learning math. Try some of these ideas yourself and you might just be surprised.

Flash cards are a tried and true technique, but how can you make them more fun? Stickers are a great way to show progress. If your child can provide the answer to a given flash card within three seconds, they get to put a sticker on the card. It’s surprising how motivating this is for a child who is struggling with their basic math facts.

Playing games online is another fun way to sharpen one’s skills. There are thousands of sites dedicated to math and many of them are free. Simply find a few that your child likes and rotate through them so your child doesn’t get bored or the site doesn’t become too easy. Some even have timed sections to help your child get faster at answering questions.

Another great option is to play a math memory game. Write the questions and answers on separate index cards and turn them over. You and your child will flip over different cards until you find the match. Your child will enjoy the game and the attention you are giving them and they will learn in the process.

Modifying games is simple and affordable for all parents. All it requires is a little time on your part. Create a shoe box full of homemade math games that your child can pick from on a daily basis. Spend at least 15 minutes a day practicing through these fun techniques and your child will be more confident in math in addition to being able to pass those timed tests.

By: Jocelyn R. Lewiston

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Jocelyn Lewiston is a teacher and writer on various educational topics including learning basic math facts and fun ways to practice spelling words. She is dedicated to making education fun and interesting for all children.

So there you have it! A little different approach and some fun thrown in to help your child learn math a little easier.

Hope you have a great day!

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Can Learning Math Be Fun?

If you like something, you’ll usually be good at it, right?

So if you want to learn math, you’ll probably want to get a math teacher or tutor that likes math!

Check out this professor’s perspective on learning math and teaching math with fun. I think you’ll like it.

Making Math Fun
Math teachers need ”to know more than the text book,”says Alfred Posamentier, Professor Emeritus of City College. There are mathematical wonders beyond the curriculum that can make the subject come alive.

So what is your opinion? I think he’s right on!

Have a great day!

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Activities To Encourage Your Children To Learn Math

Encouraging your childrn to learn math doesn’t have to be a complicated process. The article below will help you to help your child learn math and perhaps even come to enjoy math!  Check it out and let me know what you think?

 
5 Activities To Encourage A Love Of Math In Your Children
 
Oftentimes parents invest a lot of money in thick workbooks to teach their kids math. Some children are open to workbooks. Others are not. If your child is bored by workbooks, don’t fret. There are plenty of other ways to teach math – and they’re fun!

Board Games
Dust off your Monopoly game and your game of Life. Counting money is great practice for learning math. If your child is old enough, ask her be the banker.

Cooking
Cooking is a wonderful way to teach addition, multiplication, division and fractions. (Even the adding of fractions which is, of course, quite advanced.) Whether your child is 3 or 13, you can teach math in a fun way with recipes. If your child chooses the recipes and writes the grocery lists, she will get practice with her reading, spelling and writing skills, too.

Have a Garage Sale
Garage Sales or yard sales are a natural way to practice math. Your child can help by writing the prices on items, by collecting money and dispensing change. No matter how you involve your child, she will be practicing math, gaining confidence, and some good business and communication skills as well.

Math Uno
Remember the game of UNO that you played as a kid? Have you ever involved math when playing the game? Instead of playing one matching color or number on the card that is face up, instead play two or more number cards that add up to that number.

For older kids, you can encourage subtraction, multiplication and division as well.

Start a Family Business
Of course one of the best ways to practice math is by running a business. Either help your child start a small business or consider a family business. Whether it’s a baby-sitting business or a lemonade stand, your child’s brain will be challenged.

If you already own a family business, then, by all means, allow your child to help.

These are just a few ways you can practice math with your child – and help him to gain more confidence in his math skills.

By: Nicole Dean

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Nicole Dean invites you to www.ShowKidstheFun.com — a free website filled with activities to make memories with your children and www.ShowKidstheMoney.com — a fun and informative resource for moms who want to help their kids make money.

 
My personal favorite is the garage sale! Let your child sell some of their old toys and save the money to buy some new ones! You not only get the benefits listed above, but you’ll teach your child the importance of saving.

Have a great day.
 
 

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Math Fun At Christmas

Here’s a timely article on helping students learm math at Christmas time. 

Christmas Math Activities

Christmas math activities are an ideal classroom treat during the time leading up to Christmas. However there are lots of Christmas math activities that are also ideal for home. These Christmas activities with a focus on math are an ideal way to make math practice fun and to get kids really enthusiastic about math.

 Try these Christmas math activities with the kids and you are sure to have them begging for more. 

Christmas Counting
This is a version of the counting game Buzz. For the Christmas version, you just need to replace the word ‘buzz’ with a Christmas word. You could use the word ‘Santa’ or the word ‘reindeer’ instead of ‘buzz’. To play the game, the children count around the group with each person taking a turn to say a number. When they get to the number 7, any multiple of 7 or any number containing a digit 7, they simply say ‘Santa’ instead of saying the number. If a player says the number instead of saying ‘Santa’ they are out. The counting will go like this, ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Santa, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Santa.

The aim of the game is to count as far as possible with no one making a mistake or it can be played as an elimination game with the last person left in the game being the winner. It can also be played using a different number as the ‘Santa’ number. Try it with the number 5 for an easier version of the game or try it with 8 or 9 for a more difficult version.

Santa’s Sleigh
This Christmas math activity is ideal for practicing any basic math skills that you choose. You will need a picture of a sleigh and pictures of 8 reindeer for each player or team. The children can be involved in drawing the reindeer pictures and might like to name each reindeer also. The object of the game is to be the first player or team to add the 8 reindeer in front of Santa’s sleigh.

Two players or teams compete to be the first to answer the question. You could use basic addition facts for the game or more complex calculations involving decimal numbers or percentages. The first player to answer correctly wins a reindeer to add in front of their sleigh. The reindeer can be taped or pinned onto the sleigh. The first player or team with eight reindeer is the winner.

There are many, many different ways to give your math practice a Christmas flavor. Use the Christmas math activities above to make math more interesting but also consider some other educational Christmas activities. Try some Christmas word puzzles like a Christmas ‘Word Find’ or play a game of Christmas hangman with Christmas words. You could also try a game of Christmas bingo using Christmas words. Hope these ideas help to make Christmas more fun for the kids. Merry Christmas!

 

By: Terri Evans and found on Article Directory

Terri Evans is a teacher and parent who has created a set of Christmas printables. Visit www.kids-christmas-activities.com to get your set of free printable Christmas games and activities. Click Here www.kids-christmas-activities.com.

I hope your Christmas and /or holidays are a great fun-filled time for both you and your students!

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