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Here are some ways parents can help their kids connect and practice math in “real life.”

  1. Have your child count down the time (weeks, days and/or hours) to a special day or holiday
  2. Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making
  3. Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team
  4. Ask your child to count the change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping. Or, with older kids, to help track the family budget.
  5. Explain what you’re doing whenever you use a measuring tape, a scale, or a ruler. Ask for your child’s help.