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Recommended activities for the home:  

Many teachers from Ritter attended a math workshop at the Wayne County RESA recently and learned some helpful hints about learning math.  We would like you to try to do some of the following activities so that your child can learn and strengthen numeracy skills.  Some of the activities you may already do, or would create more meaning, if done in a family setting rather than at school.  Have fun trying out some of the numeracy building activities with your family.  We appreciate your time and effort to help build your child’s learning.

  • Awareness of Distance:

o   Climbing, reaching, going for walks, crawling, pushing toys, throwing balls.

  • Awareness of Weight

o   Putting away groceries, using plastic vs. metal trucks, carrying rocks, putting away toys, climbing.

  • Awareness of Patterns:

o   Setting the table, playing with Legos, planting a garden, climbing stairs, coloring, cutting, drawing, crafts, skipping.

  • Awareness of Frequency:

o   Taking turns, listening to music, playing music, counting marbles, cars, steps, houses, etc.

  • Awareness of Time:

o   Waiting for dinner, waiting for mom/dad to get off the phone, noticing the position of the sun, watching the seasons change, counting days till the holidays begin, reading clocks.

  • Equations:

o   Playing on a teeter-totter, playing with sand and water, building with blocks or Legos, balancing on a balance board or beam, trading with your sister/ brother, serving food.

Children will develop symbolic thinking skills only after they have experienced sufficient learning experiences with real objects in the physical world.

This information was learned through a book called The Math Moms & Dads Home Program  written by Bob Sornson: co. 2004.  Shannon Samulski also discussed this information at the Numeracy Skill Development Math Workshop at the Wayne RESA.

Another helpful hint about learning:

For every minute of media (T.V., video games, computers, etc.), there should be 20 minutes of physical play activity time to help develop learning skills.