Tuesday, February 20

Parent Tip

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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