• Math Homework:

    Forgot at school or lost workbook? If your child forgot their math homework book at school or has lost it, just go to the math website at:http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/1st-grade/em4/.You can then click on todays unit and lesson (ask your child, see if they remember from the day), and print the math work page at home for your child to complete.  If you do not have access to a printer, just have your child write the answers on a separate piece of paper to turn in. 

     

    How to help your child at home
    The single best thing to help your child in math at home is to help them to master their basic math facts.  In 1st grade the focus is on addition, 2nd grade is subtraction, 3rd grade multiplication and  4th grade division. 

    WHY? By learning their math facts and being able to recall them quickly and automatically, students can then focus on the more complicated longer parts of math learning.  When a teacher is instructing in math and the first part is a math fact, then they quickly move on to the more complicated math concept, a child who does not know their math facts gets stuck on the first part and does not hear the second, third or fourth parts of the math lesson so they fall behind.

    There are many ways to master math facts.  Some of my favorite ways are:
    *  Xtramath.com: students do flashcards online.  There are many online flashcard programs, this is just one of them.  I would also suggest downloading a flashcard app on your phone or other device and whenever your child might use that device for a game, first have them practice their math fact.
    * Math Magician: see the link on my Math page.  Students can choose what they want to practice for a timed math facts test.
    * Good old fashioned paper flashcards.  You can buy a set at the dollar store.  Practice at home,  often. Play the flashcard game with your family.  You hold up the flashcard and have a competition between your child and another child, see who can answer first.  Even better, have your child play against one of the parents in the family. Children love that! Keep an extra set in your purse or bag and whenever you are out to dinner or waiting for an appointment, pull out the flashcards and have your child practice.  
    *  Playing cards: Use a deck of playing cards.  Have Aces = 1's, Face cards can either be all 10's, or make the Jacks 10's, Queens 11's, and Kings 12's.  Play math facts games with them at home and  keep an extra set of cards in your purse or bag and play when you are out to dinner after you order but before the dinner comes. 


    Here are two additional games:
    1.) War: Divide the pack in half and give half to each player.  Each player turns over one card in the center.  Each player tries to answer the math fact represented by the two cards.  Whoever answers correctly first is the winner and wins the cars.  The player with the most cards at the end wins.  For example if the two cards that are turned over are the Ace of Spades (= 1) and a 9 of Hearts, then for addition the fact would be 1 + 9, for subtraction it would be 9-1, and for multiplication 1 x 9.  
    2.) Top It: Divide the pack in half and give half to each player.  Each player turns over two cards in the center. For addition, each player adds their cards together, the player with the highest total or sum, wins the cards.  For subtraction, each player subtracts their lowest card from the biggest one.  The player with the greatest difference wins the cards.  For multiplication, the player with the highest total or product wins.