Don’t pressure them for time please, it is counter productive:
Pressuring for time sends the message that math is a race, instead of a thinking game.
Fear of running out of time limits higher order thinking and is associated with lower achievement.
Have any dominoes lying around?
Apart from playing the traditional game, try this fun suggestion to start up a conversation about numbers. Our activity, in the link below, will interest your youngsters in the number system, and can also help some older kids linking various verbal expressions to visual numbers.
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When you are shopping for school supplies, think about an extra journal or package of three ring binder paper: quad lined paper is the first and most economical help for your struggling Math student. A small minority of students gets visually confused by the squares on the page. So it is always best to search for paper that is very lightly printed with ‘unobtrusive’ squares: the emphasis should be on what your student is writing and drawing not on the grid.
Neatly lining up calculations prevents errors. Quad paper can also help illustrate many concepts that are more complicated to explain in words but are easily seen on paper, such as multiplication, area and perimeter, for making graphs, and drawing congruent shapes, when showing transformations in size, slides, flips, and rotations and many more.
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