What Parents Can do at Home to Help Students with Math:
Thinking Games Build Math Skills
Math involves a specific way of thinking. You can use games to help your child build the thinking skills needed in this important subject. Here are some ideas:
¨ Help you child see patterns. For example, ask your child to figure out the next number in this series:
10 11 13 16 20 25 ______
(The correct answer is 31 – add 1, then 2, then 3, and so on.)
¨ What’s the next number in this series:
72 27 56 65 41 _____
(The correct answer is 14 – reverse the digits)
¨ Use math to crack a coded message. The key to the code in this example is that each letter has a numerical value starting with: A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. to Z=26. Then the number code for each letter is multiplied by five, so that the code for “A” becomes 5 (1 X 5 = 5), the code for “B” becomes 10 (2 X 5 =10), etc. Using the key to the code see if you can decipher the following message:
125-75-105 35-75-100 45-100 90-45-35-40-100!
(Answer: YOU GOT IT RIGHT!)
¨ Make up your own math-based code with your child.
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