How-To

Keeping Math Real

Keeping Math RealWe tend to have a greater appreciation for those things that hold meaning for us — real, practical meaning; those things that we use every day.  And math is no different!

If you are looking for ways to keep math real, interesting, and fun — to tie the necessary skill development with math’s practical uses — you might appreciate these ideas in Cheryl Bastian’s article Math Never Tasted So Good originally published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

From the time our children peek over the table edge or push a chair up to the kitchen counter, they investigate, predict, collect data, and discover. The result: they understand.

Skills covered include patterning, comparing and classifying, counting, computation, estimation, measurement, graphing, geometry, place value and more.

You will find many hands-on, real math ideas to help you keep math real.

Eliminating a parent’s fear of math is the first step in building math confidence in children. These fears often linger from negative personal experiences or a lack of understanding what, when, and how math can be taught. Knowledge complemented by useful tools—scales, measuring cups, tape measures, thermometers—makes math fun and relevant. Empowered and confident, parents often grasp math for the first time in their lives, and their contagious excitement invites children to enthusiastically embrace math.