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04/12/2017
Sometimes children just need a change of scenery to get excited about learning and to discover their love of certain subjects. Spring is the perfect time to introduce math in a different setting. The following idea can help you get started.

Help Your Child Develop Better Math Skills

Encourage your child to do well in math. To make the subject more fun, click here to read our tips on helping your child have a better attitude towards math. Also, be sure to contact The Tutoring Center, Parsipanny NJ so you can start helping your child do better in math today.

Math Fun with Chalk

There are many math games that can be created with just chalk and some space on the sidewalk or concrete in the backyard. For very small children, you can get colored chalk and have them draw shapes on the concrete. For older children, you can use chalk to draw a life-sized board game on the concrete and use it to practice math facts.

Life-Size Math Board Game on the Sidewalk

  • Draw a path that goes all over the place, like the ones on board games, but be sure to make it life-sized. Next, section out the path  by drawing vertical lines inside of it. It should resemble the squares where you place your game pieces on a board game, except these will be big enough to walk on.
  • In each of the square sections of the path write in a simple math problem like, 2+3 or 4x4. To get started, your child must roll a die. The number that appears on the die is the number of squares they will advance in order to land on their first square.
  • Once they get on that first square, they get to move according to the answer of the math problem on that square. For example, if the math problem says 1+5, they get to move six squares up. They will have to wait there until their next turn.
  • On their next turn they must move according to the math problem that they have landed on. Let's say the square they have been standing on while they wait for their turn says 3x3. They get to move up nine squares and stay there until their next turn.
  • If you only have a few players, it will give your children time to figure out the answer so that when it is their turn they can quickly move to their next square.
  • The objective is to reach the end of the board game path. The first player to reach the end wins.

Play This Math Game with One or Two Players

  • There is also another way to play if you only have one or two players. Instead of seeing who reaches the end, you can time them to see who completes their math fact journey faster.
  • You start the timer when they roll the die and set foot on their first square. After that, they must quickly move according to the squares they fall on over and over until they reach the end or the timer reaches seven minutes.
  • In this scenario, your child will be moving from one square to another very quickly based on the answer of the square they fall on. For example, if the first square says 2x5 they move 10 squares up, the next square says 2+1, then they move 3 squares up, the following square says 6-2, they move four squares up, the next one says 7x2 they move 14 squares up and so on until they reach the end.
  • Record the amount of time it took them to complete the game. If completing the board game took them 4 minutes and 20 seconds, the next opponent must try to beat that time. If you only have one child playing, he/she must try to beat their own time in the next round, etc.
  • This is a great way for children that already know their math facts well to practice getting faster at them. It will also help them to develop quick thinking skills because there is more pressure to think fast.

Chalk Board Game Math Observations and Recommendations

  • If you have older children, you can use this game as a way to practice negatives and positives. It is a great visual for understanding negatives. According to the answer of the math fact, they will either get to move up (if the answer is positive), stay (if the answer is 0) and roll again on their next turn, or move back (if the answer is negative).
  • Depending on the age and math level of your child, you can make the math facts easier or harder. You can also focus on certain types of problems, like subtraction and addition or mix in multiplication and division.

The Best Math Help with Tutoring in Parsippany NJ

Math isn't an easy subject for most, but it is very necessary. If your child is struggling in this area, find alternatives to help them practice and learn in a fun way. Tutoring is an important tool to take advantage of. At The Tutoring Center, Parsippany NJ, your child will quickly learn to love math and excel in this subject. Don't wait, contact them today by dialing (973) 884-3100.

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