At home, there are a lot of things you can do to help develop your child’s numeracy skills, here are just 6:
- Help your child develop a growth mindset about math.
- Talk about math and point out ways you use math everyday. Do math out loud. Add, subtract, multiply, divide, estimate…do it out loud so your child can hear your thinking.
- Play games that involve math with your child. Games that use dice and spinners (e.g., hide and seek, hopscotch, Snakes and Ladders, Sorry, and Trouble) help with counting. Games using playing cards (e.g., Snap and War) help with comparing and ordering numbers. Games that use strategy (e.g. Guess Who, Checkers, Labyrinth, Sequence, and Chess) help develop logic. Puzzles, Tangrams, Blokus, Nowhere to Go, Pentomino, Rush Hour, Q-Bitz, and Tetris help develop spatial reasoning. Monopoly and Life help with currency. Battleship helps children get familiar with the coordinate grid system.
- Make fractions part of your daily life. Use them when cooking, dividing up a cake, comparing who ate the most pizza…
- Point out patterns everywhere…in nature, shapes, floor tiles, numbers, cell phone plans…
- Read stories to them with math themes (refer to the “Link to Literacy”).
At Home Online Engagement and Support
There are a variety of online programs that can promote a love of mathematics and provide support for children. Here are a few that are available to the students of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board:
Prodigy is an online math game that allows your child to develop his/her numeracy skills while exploring various magical worlds. While most children have been given an account by their teacher, parents are able to link to their child’s account to view his/her progress.
SuccessMaker (also known as Home Grown Math Success) is an adaptive online Math program for Grades 1 to 8 students that is aligned to the Ontario curriculum. If you are interested in having your child work on this program, please contact your child’s teacher.
e-math+ is designed to support grade 3 to 6 students on their mathematical journey. It contains a variety of tools, such as videos, virtual manipulatives, and a glossary, that are helpful for children and parents as they work through their school work. Students access their e-math+ accounts from the mynelson.com website and log in using the information provided by their teachers.
Homework Help (https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org/
Homework Help provides math supports to students in grades 7 to 10. It has online tools, interactive webinars, as well as real time math tutoring by Ontario certified math teachers. The website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the live tutors are available from Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
For more ideas to help develop your child’s numeracy skills and online resources, please check out the PDFs below.