First grade is a big year for math, moving past counting and into simple addition. Cover all corners of first grade math, from coins to measurement to two-digit numbers, with our first grade math worksheets. A good place to start if kids want a warm-up is our first grade counting worksheets
. Next thing you know, your first grader will be a math master!
Have Fun with 1st Grade Math
First grade math worksheets are great for practicing concepts like addition, subtraction, estimation, and pattern-making. Some first graders need some extra activities to get excited about math. Try these tips to bring the fun of math to your first grader everyday:
- Have fun with addition and subtraction in your regular conversation. If you're looking at your family calendar with your child, you might notice that a four day weekend is coming up. Say to your child, "I see that we have one day off of school this week, two days off this weekend, and one day off next week. How many days off do we have all together?" You might talk about subtraction while making breakfast: "I have one dozen, or twelve, eggs. If I use three eggs to make breakfast, how many will be left?" Get in the habit of talking through the mental math that you do everyday to get your child thinking.
- Point out patterns in objects, architecture, and nature. You might show your child a checked floor in a restroom, or the black-and-orange stripes on a tiger at the zoo. Kids like the challenge of finding patterns themselves. You can start a lot of conversations by saying, "I see a pattern in this room. Can you find the pattern?" You can also give your child a one day challenge by asking him to keep a notebook of patterns that he sees throughout the day. Share his findings at bedtime. After that, he'll see patterns wherever he goes!
- Students in first grade learn how to read time. You can make your child a time-keeper for your house. For example, if your family has a morning or evening routine that is tied with certain times, you might have your child alert the family when it's seven o'clock, seven thirty, and eight o'clock. If your child enjoys his new role, you might consider getting him a child's watch for a very special birthday or holiday gift.