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je ffersonco unty publi c schools 101 simple ways to help your child with math jefferson county public schools 1 www.jcpsky.net equal opportunity/affirmative action employer offering equal educational opportunities

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we know math and science skills are the common currency everyone needs to have to succeed in the increasingly competitive global economy u.s secretary of education margaret spellings the mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitation and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful aristotle if people do not believe that mathematics is simple it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is john louis von neumann the jefferson county public schools communications and publications department acknowledges the help of district teachers and math specialists in preparing this booklet.

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contents jefferson county public schools 101 simple ways to help your child with math preschool 4 elementary school 7 middle school 11 high school 16 family math fun 20 online math resources 21 the jcps math and science initiative 23 jefferson county public schools 3

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preschool most children develop a sense of numbers when they are very young even at two years old some children can identify one two or three objects here are some tips you can use to nurture your child s natural number sense and to help him or her get ready for kindergarten math to or other encourage your childfor separate toys could ask objects into groups example you your child to separate blue toy cars from red cars to teach your child the use toys or other objects well as more and less for concepts big and little as instance let your child play with plastic cups in the bathtub and talk about how some cups have more water in them and some have less rows of your arrange two are moretoys or other objects askin the child if there objects or fewer objects second row instead of counting help your child find the answer by matching each object in the second row to an object in the first row weigh and measure your child and tell him or her the results talk about how things are taller and some thingssomelighter or heavier or shorter are than your child is ask your child to find things in your home that are both tall and heavy or short and light for teach your child to look for patterns in things.stuffed example you could arrange different colored animals so they repeat the pattern red blue green 4 help your child with math if you think dogs can t count try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving fido only two of them phil pastoret

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numbers teachers would talk to your child about to recognize the numbers like children to be able 1 to 10 and to be able to count to 20 when they start school help your child learn and to ciently use these tipsto count accurately child effi from helping your learn mathematics a publication of the u.s department of education office of communications and outreach washington d.c 2005 · point out that counting lets your child know how many things there are in a group · point to the object as you recite each number name · use fingers to count put up a finger one at a time tell your child that fingers are tools we always have with us · help your child count without skipping numbers or counting something twice child of such help yourcircles,learn the namespoint out shapes as squares and triangles toys and other items in your home that have these shapes recite rhymes and read stories that sing songs,them ten little monkeys jumpinghave numbers in on the bed for example you also can read stories that highlight groups of three such as the three little pigs and goldilocks and the three bears reading these stories gives children a sense of number groupings jefferson county public schools 5

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encourage your child to work simple connect-thedot puzzles child develop sense of time help your you might say,a we ll go to the for example grocery this evening after we eat dinner his telephone teach your child how to saychildor herlearn them number and address your may more quickly if you set them to the melody of a familiar song such as mary had a little lamb is ready to start the year before your childmath/science kindergarten explore the technology mst magnet programs that are available to jefferson county public schools jcps elementary students mst programs are offered at three schools · brandeis elementary 2817 west kentucky street 485-8214 · wheatley elementary 1107 south 17th street 485-8348 offers a math/science technology and humanities program · young elementary 3526 west muhammad ali boulevard 485-8354 offers the global institute for science math and technology 6 help your child with math fun math fact the application period for elementary school magnet programs is the month of february jcps provides transportation for most district students accepted into a magnet program for more information contact one of the schools or call the jcps optional magnet and advance programs office at 485-3323 if it takes you a second to count each number it would take about 11 and a half days to count to a million it would take about 32 years to count to a billion.

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elementary school children work on simple counting skills when they start elementary school in just a few years they re ready for such lessons as adding and subtracting fractions constructing and interpreting line graphs converting units within the metric system and graphing ordered pairs on a positive coordinate system here are some tips for helping your child develop solid math skills throughout the elementary years ask your child to explain what he or she learned in math class today letting children take the teacher role gives them the chance to practice new skills and to clarify their thinking on a lesson by teaching him or teach your child maththe family educationher about money according to network children between the ages of about six and ten should be able to make change to understand that things cost money to be responsible for their own money and to handle an allowance for more information see http life.familyeducation.com /money-and-kids/personal-finance/34481 .html use math talk to your child about how adults budgeting,in their everyday lives grocery shopping balancing a checkbook and checking clothing sizes for example people talk aboutbuilders who use math in their jobs including architects engineers computer professionals and scientists that even if your child does not plan to point out career in which he or she will use math pursue a learning it is still important because math teaches how to solve problems and how to think logically jefferson county public schools 7

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i never did very well in math i could never seem to persuade the teacher that i hadn t meant my answers literally calvin trillin inexpensive age-appropriate buy a few your child to use at home youmath workbooks for may not think children would sit around and do math problems for fun but some do schedule a time and provide a quiet environment for your child to work only on math homework a point to praise your child s efforts in math make focus on mistakes offer praise every time your don t child finishes an assignment and every time he or she figures out a difficult problem volunteer ask your child s teacher if you canclassroom.to help with math activities in your child s volunteering specifically for these activities will show your child that you believe learning math skills is important anytime you have questions or talk to a teacheryour child s math skills questions concerns about you might want to ask include what grade level is my child on and what are some specific things i can do to help at home such as 9-method teach your child math tricks hold out the10 fingers example to figure out 9 x 7 all start counting at the pinky finger on your left hand and then lower the seventh finger the index finger on your right hand there are now six fingers to the left and three fingers to the right of the seventh finger the answer is 63 the trick works with 9 x 2 through 9 x 10 storybook to increase your child s interest in use a suggests nationally known math guru marilyn math burns for example you might want to use leo 8 help your child with math

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on tests of math literacy and problem solving u.s 15-year-olds rank 24th when compared to the test results of students in 29 developed nations serious math fact lionni s inch by inch the story of an inchworm who uses math to save his life after you read the story you may want to help your child measure things around the house county make math a game suggests jeffersonwinner ofpublic schools jcps teacher sue fountain a the national presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching for example work on number recognition and counting skills by looking for numbers on houses or car tags when you take a walk together through your neighborhood out that many enjoy fountain also points them and use flyoung children basic playing school join ashcards with addition or subtraction problems help your child figure out the answers with beans poker chips or just your fingers take turns being the teacher a web site that offers free printable flash cards is a math at www.aplusmath.com that are available show your child the math resourceshomepage through the jcps web site on the www.jcpsky.net click the students link select elementary and then click homework help or practice your skills jefferson county public schools 9

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your child is ready to start sixth the year beforethe math/science/technology mst grade explore magnet programs that are available to jcps middle school students mst programs are offered at three schools · farnsley 3400 lees lane 485-8242 · meyzeek 828 south jackson street 485-8299 · newburg 4901 exeter avenue 485-8306 students who are accepted into the program are assigned to one of the schools based on their home address the application period for middle school magnet programs is the months of november and december jcps provides transportation for most district students accepted into a magnet program for more information contact one of the schools or call the jcps optional magnet and advance programs office at 485-3323 fun math fact zerah colburn who was born in vermont in 1804 was giving math exhibitions in england by age eight an audience member asked him to figure out 8 to the 16th power he gave the correct answer 281,474,976,710,656 in about 30 seconds 10 help your child with math

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middle school the middle school years are the ones in which many students start to lose interest in math because they find it difficult or boring use the following tips to keep your child interested cook up some calculations get your child to help you measure ingredients while you cook suggests lisa gimbel a teacher at noe middle ask the child how he or she would convert a recipe for 4 into a dish for 2 or a banquet for 20 and test for students who suffer from math anxietyadvice panic the math.com web site offers this work around the panic by finding something on the test that you can do gain confidence and then go back and finish the rest of the problems keep going on the ones you can do then go back and try the others you might be surprised to find that you can now tackle them with ease your child can find many more tips at www.math.com/students /advice/anxiety.html be positive about math suggests jefferson county public schools jcps teacher sue fountain a winner of the national presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching if math was a challenge for you be careful how you express that to your child parents often say `i was never any good at math unfortunately the children may begin to believe that they inherited the same inability perseverance is more important than heredity words in your child s discuss unfamiliarbe afraid to admit youmath know homework don t don t or don t remember some of the definitions look them up together a web site where you can look jefferson county public schools 11

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them up is the interactive mathematics dictionary http intermath.coe.uga.edu/dictnary/homepg .asp let s read the we understand problemistogether and make surethe what it asking this is one of things you might want to say if your child gets frustrated with homework according to the coolmath.com web site you also may want to ask why don t we take a 10-minute break and come back to this when we aren t so frustrated for more tips visit www.coolmath.com/parents she learned in ask your child to explain what he ortake the teacher math class today letting students role gives them the chance to practice new skills and to clarify their thinking on a lesson to your child s math skills talkthe teachers often aboutare willing to work with let teachers know you your child at home by teaching him or teach your child maththe family educationher about money according to network way to help your become a one encourage him orchild to comparegood shopper is to her products before making a purchase tell your child to look for the same merchandise at different stores compare not only the prices but also the stores 12 help your child with math serious math fact children between the ages of 11 and 13 should be able to set up a savings plan and a savings account they also should understand the importance of giving to worthy causes and they should know how to shop wisely for more information see http life .familyeducation.com/money-and-kids /personal-finance/34481.html each year u.s companies spend $4.3 billion on remedial math education for employees.

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return and refund policies says julie hundley a practical living teacher at crosby middle if you compare similar products that have different prices look for quality and durability a quick question you could use to test your here s shopping and math skills which of the child s following is the best deal on backpacks a $24 each b buy one backpack at $32 and get another at 50 percent off c get one backpack free when you buy two for $36 each answer this is sort of a trick question because you end up paying $24 for each backpack in all three deals child to find a encourage your your child canmathtostudy buddy another student call work with on assignments and to find out about make-up work if your child is absent child to take as many math classes encourage your to always take the highest level for as possible and which he or she qualifies child uses in math class make sure if yourshe knows a calculator it effectively especially if he or how to use it s a graphing calculator ask your child to explain to you how it works fun math fact in 1900 all of the world s math knowledge would have fit into about 80 books today it would take more than 100,000 books jefferson county public schools 13

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have a if youto keep daughter you may need to work extra hard her interested in math studies show that young girls enjoy math science and technology as much as boys do but by the time they become eighth graders twice as many boys as girls say they re interested in math science and engineering careers encourage your daughter to visit the girls go techthe web site www.girlsgotech.org sponsored by girl scouts of america the site offers math science and technology information and games parents which girls go tech also offers a brochure forexperiments includes suggestions for activities and that you can do with your child at home math tutor for your child ask if you decide to hire arecommendations you also his or her teacher for might want to contact high schools and colleges to see if their advanced math students offer tutoring child the homework show youravailable through the help and other math resources jcps web site on the homepage www.jcpsky.net click the students link select middle and then click homework help or practice your skills another good site to visit on the web is figure this www.figurethis.org sponsored by the national council of teachers of mathematics figure this offers interesting math challenges for middle school students 14 help your child with math

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your online for instructions for jobs ask want child to searchthe house that involve math you to do around installing flooring for instance print the instructions and ask your child to help with the project your child is ready to start ninth the year beforethe math/science/technology mst grade explore magnet programs that are available to jcps high school students mst programs are offered at three schools · dupont manual high 120 west lee street 485-8241 · seneca high school magnet career academy 3510 goldsmith lane 485-8724 offers a mathematics/science/technology component within its liberal arts magnet program · western mst magnet high 2501 rockford lane 485-8344 the application period for high school magnet programs is the months of november and december jcps provides transportation for most district students accepted into a magnet program for more information contact one of the schools or call the jcps optional magnet and advance programs office at 485-3323 serious math fact louisville ranks 12th among 15 peer cities in terms of the percentage of citizens employed in technical or professional occupations jefferson county public schools 15

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