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Elementary Math Fun, Issue #001 -- teaser here
September 22, 2008

This is an exciting moment! The first issue of Elementary Math Fun! September is a time of excitement for most students with the return to school. New friendships are made, new teachers in the class room, and so much new information to learn.

But this time can also be worrying for some students. For example, in Washington state, children entering 3rd grade will experience the WASL for the first time.

For many students this can lead to Math Anxiety . Math anxiety is a very real problem, however there is also a very real solution. Make math fun!

Make Addition Fun

If addition is a problem for your child, it will infiltrate every area of math. A lot of practice is required to get this just right. I have some wonderful free worksheets for you to print off at home, that will have your child laughing out loud, all with a Halloween Theme.

Convert Every Board Game into a Math Game

I have also recently created printable math addition cards that you can use with any board game you currently use a dice with. You will have to decide the level that is appropriate for your child, but don't hesitate to put some more difficult ones into the mix! A little stretch is always a good thing! If they don't get the answer it is not upsetting as they know it is more difficult, but if they do get it ... you will watch their confidence soar!

Recommended Products and Websites

Sifting through all the educational material available on the internet is huge task. Most of it is excellent, but some is just massively overpriced. So my aim is to find you reasonably priced products that over deliver. And I believe this one fits the bill.

When you have played many games with your child, and you see a noticable difference in their addition skills, it is time to offer them some timed math drills. These are a great indicator of how your child has grasped the concepts, especially in an exam year, you need to know.

In my next issue, I will be providing lots more fun hints and tips on how to make math fun, with a nice mix of themes - Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Until next time,

Wishing you fun with math - always!


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