I agree with foundations: they make the newer concepts easier to learn. Also, try playing math games as often as possible. I am not talking about sitting at the table and doing flash cards (but this can also be very beneficial), I mean playing in the car, at the store, whenever you can. When my children were learning money, I would take them to the store when I was buying just one or two items. I would tell them the price as we got in line, then I told them if they could figure out the cost before the computer, they could have the change. They got fast at adding, so we changed the rules to they could have the change if they could determine the amount of change based on the price (I would give them this number and tell them how much I was giving the cashier). As they got better at that, I started on tax or sale items (percentages). I was careful to make sure the amount of change was small enough not to be extreme, but large enough to keep their interest (30 cents to just under a dollar).

In the car, we would play "pick 2 numbers". We would each take a turn being the "number namer". This person would pick 2 numbers, then say a function (add, subtract, multiply, divide) and the other 2 would try to get to the correct answer first. I would purposely get it wrong at first to see if they were actually doing the math. Now we have homework races where they chose a problem that was not assigned and we race to see who gets it correct first. I have to admit, my daughter is in an Honors Geometry class (it's been 3 decades since I took this math), and she beats me more often than not. Next year she takes pre-calculI will be able to beat her again, at least in the beginning of the year!

Math is a life long skill: it should be solid, but also fun!

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