Monday, September 15, 2014

# After School Math Ideas for a New School Year

Many parents and caregivers are looking for the ways to extend or supplement math at home. This post offers several fantastic ideas on how to make math fun and hands-on for kids of elementary school age – from 5 to 10.

## Math on Planet Smarty Pants

As many of my readers know, Smarty has a high aptitude in math, and we put a lot of emphasis at home on this subject. Next week, I plan to share on how we are going “beyond Common Core” – diving both deeper and further in math than required by the third grade math curriculum. For now I will just say that there is something related to math happening every day in our house – online learning, living math books, solving logical problems or figuring out math squares similar to the one pictured above.
As an After School Link Up host, I am happy that I am not the only one parent with deep passion for math. Here are some great ideas from the last week.

## Math at Home from After School Link Up Participants

1. There are kids who connect better to screens than to hands-on tools. iGameMom has reviewed a free app that allows to visualize math concepts with number pieces. It looks rather intriguing:

2. Left Brain Craft Brain shared an easy tutorial to make homemade scratch cards to reinforce math facts. The good part here is that you can also use them for older students with more complex facts.

3. You cannot underestimate the power of a good book when it comes to learning math. Waddlee-ah-chaa shares several of these books helping kids learn estimating and problem solving and is giving away one!

4. On the similar topic of estimating, The Gift of Curiosity offers a great idea of estimating a circumference of an apple.

5. Do you have a sports fanatic? Mama Smiles: Joyful Parenting recommends teaching math through sports:
6. Even the youngest kids can explore fractions through manipulatives. Your Clever Monkey used beautiful wooden blocks for hers, but Legos can serve this purpose as well.

7. Practicing math facts is rarely fun, but it is much better through games. Suzie’s Home Education Ideas has a free printable game for practicing multiplication.

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## 2014 After School Link Up Hosts

Ticia said...

That reminds me, sometime I need to make that scratch off thing. It looks like so much fun!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...
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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We bought at Scholastic math workbook for Emma last summer, and it had some of those math squares like the ones your husband makes!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm truly inspired by how active you are in Smarty's education. Nothing like raising the bar for parents everywhere!

Boy Mama Teacher Mama said...

Great collection of ideas!!

Suzie's Home Education Ideas said...

Thank you for including my multiplication board game blog post!!

Nichole Halliday said...

Thanks for including our rainbow block fractions. That app looks interesting - off to check it out!

Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain said...

So many great math ideas. Filing this one away for sure! Thanks for including our Scratch Off Math Cards.

jeannine said...

The kiddos will be so excited that you featured their math investigation! Thank you!

They are back this week with a math investigation on volume. (And of course I share a book to extend their activity.)

Selena Robinson said...

These are perfect for us! Our fourth grader hates math, so I think she'll be excited to try some of these ideas. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday!

Allen jeley said...

nice