Work on subtraction today. Put 10 beads on a table. Ask your child to close their eyes while you hide some beads under a cup. Then have them open their eyes and take 30 seconds to guess the number under cup.
Use two sticks of gum to make a great than sign, . Write two numbers on paper and have your child lay down the gum with the open side facing the bigger number.
This week focus on math while out and about. Raise your math consciousness! For example, while driving, look at the numbers on the license plates and find the sum. Think of a target number and first person to get it wins a prize. This week focus on numbers.
Make a habit of having “no electronics days” – no cell phone, no Wii, no computer, no TV, etc. You may need to check your email, but your 8 year old certainly does not. Go on a walk or a picnic. This day is sure to begin a meaningful dialogue!
Commit 15 minutes of each day to doing an activity that your child chooses. Then give yourself a pat on the back for being a terrific parent!
This can be an ongoing project that you do once a week: create a family cookbook! Take pictures of your family enjoying favorite meals, ask your child to help write the recipes. Place them in a book. What a great keepsake!
Invite your child to do something new with you that you enjoyed doing as a child. A ship in a bottle? Roller skating? Model airplane building? Kite flying? Hide and seek? Basketball? Ice skating? Double-dutch?