# How to make math come alive

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• Kelly Bond
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A friend needs to homeschool her son for a brief period of time early next year. He is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. He is struggling with learning math concepts, and is growing weary of drills to learn basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Can anyone offer any ideas or resources on different methods to teach these skills? She’d like to inject more fun into it. Thanks so much!

Scholastic makes a book called Literature-based Math Activities for K-3.  I am doing this with my K son and he really likes it.  You read a book and then do an activity: for example this week we are reading Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni and then we are going to measure pencils. Also, there is a scavenger hunt to find things that are 1 foot, 2 feet and 3 feet high.   You can look at it on Amazon.   http://www.amazon.com/Literature-Based-Math-Activities-Integrate-Instructor/dp/0590492012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259771191&sr=8-1

Sonya Shafer
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The math card games from Right Start make drill and review much more fun. And they can be used to supplement any curriculum. I think they’re on sale this month.

Misty
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The right Start thing looks like a great idea.  Could you let me know which one would be the best investment for multiplication..??  There are so many to pick from if I only care about that what would you suggest?  Thanks

Sonya Shafer
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Looks like this information page about Elementary Games has them broken down by skill set. If you scroll down, one of the sets is tagged for multiplication.

Jimmie
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Family Math is my favorite resource for fun math.

I suggest a living math approach. Ditch the drill and work on concepts that can be illustrated hands-on and in real life with manipulatives. Don’t be so quick to move from manipulatives to paper and pencil absract math problems. Kids even much older than 7 need hands-on, especially for new concepts and especially for certain types of leaners.

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