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Comparing Numbers: The Alligator Trick

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Comparing Numbers: The Alligator Trick Kids learn to count in order, but understanding which number is the biggest or smallest in a pair often proves trickier. Throw in the confusing greater than (>) or less than (<) signs and their … Continue reading

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Popular Algebra Games

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Algebra involves using math to help solve equations and find the value of variables. For kids to master algebra, they must have the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division down pat. They must also confidently work with fractions, ratios, … Continue reading

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How to Make Math Less Intimidating for Children

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Mathematical anxiety consumes a significant number of children – and even some adults. For many, math may not cause extreme anxiety, but all of the numbers, symbols, and problems can seem extremely intimidating. When children find math intimidating, they often … Continue reading

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The Trick to Simplifying Expressions with Exponents

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Exponents. While designed to make expressions easier to read and understand, they often cause more confusion for kids. To make matters worse, when they first learn about exponents, teachers don’t expect kids to actually solve expressions with exponents, they just … Continue reading

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Fundamentals of 1st Grade Math

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When kids enter 1st grade, they have basic understanding of math, particularly when it comes to addition and subtraction. What they don’t know at the beginning of 1st grade is that their math skills are about to reach a whole … Continue reading

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An Easy Way to Demonstrate You Can’t Divide by Zero

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The inability to divide by zero has been perplexing kids for decades. While the concept makes sense to adults, it proves more difficult for kids to understand. However, as kids begin to understand the concept of division as a whole, … Continue reading

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Math Tips for Parents

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For years, parents have seen their children struggle with math. Parents have watched their offspring spend hours trying to solve confusing word problems or even shed tears over frustrating equations. Math may come easily to some kids, but for many, … Continue reading

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6 Awesome Math Toys for Your Child

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How does your child view math? Is it boring and frustrating? If so, it’s time to introduce some math toys into the equation. Learning math doesn’t require solving boring equations and mastering frustrating problems. Instead, bring in some hands-on play … Continue reading

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Christmas Math Games & Activities

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Christmas Light Patterns It’s Winter break! School is out! Time for hot chocolate, relaxation and family sharing. Yet the holidays don’t necessarily have to be a complete break from learning and growing. They can be a great opportunity to use … Continue reading

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Homeschooling and the Common Core

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In the world of education, the Common Core State Standards dominate the conversation. Homeschoolers have also begun to talk about the Common Core, but instead of discussing how to implement the standards, the conversation centers around whether homeschooling families should … Continue reading

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