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ERIC Number: EJ1091755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Got a Minute? Challenge Your Kids to Math Games on the Go
Hildebrandt, Martha
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n2 p4-8 Oct 2014
Parents and grandparents are always looking for new ways to engage their kids and grandkids in meaningful, enriching educational activities. While there is evidence that playing games can increase numerical fluency, research also shows that parental involvement outside of school is one of the best predictors of student achievement and that games and puzzles are effective means of encouraging problem solving and logical thinking. In busy lives how can time be carved out for these activities--while stretching children's minds and growing their math abilities and problem solving skills? Free, fun, and frequent opportunities to practice math are everywhere. They are in the car on the way to a soccer game, at the doctor's office, or walking through the neighborhood. This article presents several ways to encourage counting, estimation, computation, and logical thinking in informal situations while using everyday items--money, signs, license plates, paper and pencil, and a deck of cards--to make use of the downtime that is a part of even the busiest of lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A