mathonfloor.jpgGive your child an equation and have them make up a story to fit. Example: 6 + ___ = 13 The story could be: Tom and Bob poured 13 glasses of juice. Tom poured six glasses. How many glasses did Bob pour?

Share real world story problems with your child by reading the books Addition and Subtraction by Sheila Cato.

In Unit 9, children practice putting things into categories; fruit, animals, vegetables, clothes, etc. Brainstorm what labels would be in each category and then have your child make up a story problems using the category and two labels. Example: There are 15 pieces of clothing in my drawer. 8 are shirts. The rest are shorts. How many shorts are in my drawer?

Share s sorting book such as Sets: Sorting into Groups (Exploring Math), Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop, or Sorting and Sets. Talk about the categories in the story. (see Literature List)

Make a category collage. Choose a category such as trees. Have your child look through magazines to find different pictures of trees to put on the collage.

Practice solving story problems with more than two addends. Tell a story and have your child solve it. Example: Maria has 5 fish, 2 cats, and 1 dog. How many pets does Maria have?

There are many ways to break-apart numbers. Share one of these books to explore many ways to make the same number. 12 Ways to Get to 11, MATH-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving, or Safari Park (see Literature List).

Play a category game in the car with your child. Take turns naming a category and then naming things in that category. Example: Category is trees. Name: pine, elm, oak, palm, etc.

Write six subtraction equations, in which a single-digit number is subtracted from a teen number. Then play The Noodle Pot. Say together: 17 noodles in the pot. 9 were eaten. How many were not? Have your child solve the problem. Play until you have done all six equations.