Title 1 Math Newsletter

December, 2012

Money Practice

A major focus of elementary math involves counting money. Students need help counting by 1’s for pennies, by 5’s for nickels, by 10’s for dimes and by 25’s for quarters. The more familiar they are with these counting patterns, counting money will become. Practicing skip counting at home is also very helpful for your child.

Please note, third and fourth graders are learning decimals, adding money, making change, etc... Talking with your student about money, it's value and making change will help them see why learning about money at school has meaning for their everyday lives.

Less Homework Stress

Ending the Power Struggle

Your child’s homework may be just a few math problems and a short reading assignment. But if you have to nag, bribe and beg them to do it, the conflict can turn into a power struggle. And when you’re in power struggles night after night, Friday can’t come soon enough. Homework exhaustion can leave the whole family frazzled. But there are strategies to help you support your child.

The most important thing parents can do is remain calm. When a child refuses to do homework, it’s the parent’s reaction that leads to the power struggle. By playing it cool, you can defuse the conflict and give your child the power to decide what to do. For example, when a child says “I’m not doing my homework and you can’t make me,” you can respond by saying “That’s true, I can’t make you, but here are the consequences.” Let your child consider the consequences and then decide if they’re going to do their homework. This can end many arguments right away.

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

Great Elementary Education Math Apps

Here is a listing of recommended math apps, designed to attract your student's attention and provide added math practice on your iPad or Smart Phone: http://tinyurl.com/bltzjp8