Daily Count

How important is math in your child's everyday life?



What you need:

  • two notepads
  • pen or pencil

What to do:

  1. Begin by having a talk with your child about how often he uses math in daily life. Challenge him to estimate how many times in a day he uses math (outside of math class!).
  2. Give your child a notepad and keep one for yourself. Invite him to make a note every time he uses math during the course of a day. Tell him that you'll do the same yourself. Brainstorm together about what activities to mark down — don't forget to include tasks such as measuring, weighing, and telling time!
  3. At the end of the day, count up how many times you and your child used math. How accurate was his estimate? Did the results surprise him?
  4. As an additional challenge, ask your child to come up with ways of doing the same activities that would not require math.
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