mathonfloor.jpgGive your child two 2-digit numbers and have them compare. One day ask them to tell you the biggest number and on another day ask them to tell you the smallest number.

Have your child compare two quantities by lining up the objects (red crayons and blue crayons) next to each other and determine which one has more and how many more.

Practice counting backward! Start with any 2-digit number and count backward with your child for 6 or 8 numbers.

Keep a weather graph at home. Make a three row chart with rows for sunny, cloudy and rainy. Each day have your child place a sticker on the correct row. Ask questions using the graph. Start a new graph every month or two weeks.

Share books about graphing (see Literature List): The Best Vacation Ever, The Birth-Order Blues, Lemonade for Sale, Graph It!

Help your child conduct a survey of all the family members on a topic of their choice. Brainstorm questions together and have your child choose one. You can graph the results together on a 10 x 10 grid. Example: What is your favorite fruit?

Give your child two statements such as; Sam has 5 books. Tim has 3 books. Have your child write or say a sentence about the books using the word more or fewer in the sentence.

Use a paper clip or other small object as a standard measuring tool. Have your child measure objects around the house. Example: The marker is 6 paper clips long.

Explore shapes by reading A Cloak for a Dreamer, or other shape books together (see Literature List). Talk about 3-dimensional shapes; sphere, cube, cone, and rectangular prism. Find objects around the house that are those shapes.