But have you ever thought of giving them math problems before they go to bed?
When my kids were little, we had a routine. I would go into their rooms, read them a story, chat, and then tuck them in. Then my husband would come in, sit on the floor outside their bedrooms (in between both rooms) and give them story problems in math for them to figure out. He would just randomly think of things that were age appropriate for them to figure out. I love this bond that he formed with them and it also helped them develop better mental math skills.
Yesterday I came across a pretty nifty website that fits just what my husband did. It's called Bedtime Math.
This is a free service that anyone can sign up for. (I am advertising this for free, they aren't paying me to do it!)
You will get an email each day, or you can put an app on your phone too.
They will give you a short story, that is fairly interesting, to read to your children. (You can do this at bedtime, but you can also do it while waiting someplace, or at anytime during the day.)
Then there are 3 levels of questions, a preschool-Kindergarten one, 1st-2nd, and anyone older than that.
(They also provide the answers too!)
The goal is not to get a right or wrong answer, but to stimulate a discussion of how to find the answers. I found it really cool and sent it home to my parents today.
You know many times we feel that parents aren't on board with their child's education, but this just might be a way to help them open the doors of communication with their child.
Here's the question for today. Read it and see what you think.