April is home to many family fun holidays like Easter and Earth Day. Did you know that April is also Math Education Month? Let’s look at some fun ways to get our kids moving ahead on the math path.
Math Path Stop #1: In the classroom
Try these these fun April Bulletin Board Ideas for Math Education Month.
There are also tons of math skills in these Earth Day Recycling Projects & Bulletin Board Ideas.
Math Path Stop #2: Around the table
Check out some fun new board games that build math skills and more in Best Educational Board Games.
Get ready for kindergarten math with these Kindergarten Math Games Using Go Fish Cards.
Math Path Stop #3: In the grocery store
The grocery store can be one big learning center. Get tips on creating Teachable Moments at the Grocery Store for Preschoolers, Kindergarteners & 1st Graders.
Math Path Stop #4: In the kitchen
Cooking teaching math skills in a hands-on way that no workbook could ever bake up. Find out how to Use Cooking to Teach Math.
Math Path Stop #5: In the great outdoors
Take a nature walk together as a family. Regardless of the ages of your children or the scenic view of your walk, you can create math challenges. How many poplar trees can you find? If there are eight apple trees and each bears 200 apples, how many apples would there be? Not in the country? Read block numbers or count houses with green shingles. The math and the challenge can be different every day.
Math Path Stop #6: In the car
The time families spend in a car really add up. How many miles is it to…? Mileage is one measurement that most families deal with almost every day. Whether we’re trying to estimate the time needed for travel or the amount of gas we’ll need, mileage matters. You can use this game not just for road trips but also on your everyday runs to the grocery store, library, or even to a friend’s house. When you get in the car, let each family member guess how many miles it will be to your destination. If you have a writing child on board, they can create a list. Then simply hit the odometer button to measure the miles for your trip and see who was the closest. It is amazing how, over time, kids’ guestimates will improve and how they will remember the number of miles it is to their favorite places.
Math Path stop #7: At the library
Have a child that loves to read but doesn’t like math? Don’t forget to check out some math related titles from the library like these kid favorites, Tyrannosaurus Math by Michelle Markel and Bones and the Math Test Mystery by David Adler.
Did you know? April is also National Library Month. You can find books on math help for all ages in the Charlottesville J-MRL system catalogue.