As we manage our way through the first month of school, tonight I realized that I was not as prepared as I originally thought. I have resigned to the fact that the inevitable has happened…we've now entered into 3rd Grade Math! For all of you Moms (and Dads) that have already reached this milestone, you may be familiar with what we're now experiencing. Yep, the meltdown…and if I'm 100% honest, it's not just our daughter's…
I SO anticipated being the favored parent during this time because I happened to ace math growing up…I was pretty good! But as you might have guessed, helping a 3rd grader recall subtraction with the borrowing can be quite the challenge. I can't tell you how many times I've heard in the past week, "Mommy, my teacher doesn't do it that way!!!"
As a Mom of one, I only have the one shot at working through these different phases. I've already been warned that this is the time when school begins to become a lot more challenging. As we navigate through fractions and multiplication, I plan on doing (continuing) these activities with our daughter to better help her transition into more difficult math homework.:
- Playing Monopoly - although this game is time consuming, this can definitely help sharpen math skills…especially if you're the banker.
- Math Worksheets - I either make my own or find free worksheets online.
- Cash is King - having her use her own money to make a small purchase (ex. Slurpee…she loves them) and have her calculate her own change.
- Card Games - any/all…one of my personal favorites happens to be Spades.
Do you have any tips and tricks that may be helpful in our journey? Please share in a comment below.
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