Title 1 Math

March 2013 Newsletter

What Kids Need to Succeed Part II

A child’s home routine is just as important as their school routine. Previous items that were listed in the newsletter included:

1 – Make sure your child gets enough sleep (10-11 hours per night)

2 – Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast (protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables)Here are 2 more simple ways you can help your kids arrive at school healthy, happy, and ready to learn

3 – Manage screen time. With television, video games, computers and smartphones, it's important for parents to set limits and make sure their children aren't missing out on exercising, playing, socializing and studying. Elementary school students shouldn't have more than one hour of screen time each day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

4 – Make sure your child stays active. Children and teenagers need an hour or more of physical activity each day. Make time for exercise by taking a walk together after dinner, stopping off at a playground while running errands, or downloading workout videos.

(Article from Jump In! Magazine, Back to School 2012 issue)

Ways a Parent can help a Child with Math

1. Look for patterns and shapes in real life.

2. Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making.

3. Ask your child to explain the math skills he or she is learning in school.

4. When helping students with homework or school assignments, ask your child to explain how he or she got an answer.

5. Allow students to play math games on the computer.

6. Play card games or board games that involve counting or patterns.

7. Have your child count down the time (weeks, days and/or hours) to a special day or holiday.

8. Ask your child to count the change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping.

9. Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team

10. Make comparisons: Which thing is the tallest? the heaviest? the longest? the smallest? the

most expensive? the hottest? the most expensive?

11. Provide flash cards (or help your child make some) to practice math facts.

12. Have tools such as a ruler, a scale, a calculator, and a measuring tape in your house.

source: from www.fortheteacher.org