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The 411: Youth

Math games to help with algebra

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(NewsUSA) - Parents would rather teach their children how to drive or educate them about drug abuse than help with algebra homework.

But parents aren’t alone in their terror of polynomial equations -- 8th- and 9th-graders surveyed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress would eagerly give up video games if it meant no more algebra.

To encourage parents to enjoy helping their middle schoolers with their dreaded algebra homework, Education expert Dr. Richard Bavaria suggests making math fun with the following games.

•If your kids enjoy sports, board games or playing cards, emphasize the role of score keeper. When watching sporting events, play up “statistics manager” and help them track the stats of their favorite team or player.

•Manipulatives are tangible objects allowing kids to visualize math problems. Tailor it to the interests of your child by using their preferred foods or framing arithmetic questions around their hobbies.

•Get your whole family to participate by each picking a number while everyone takes turns guessing. Ask smart, educational math questions, like “Can I count to your number by twos? Is it divisible by three?”

•Use real money. Teach kids to guess what coins are in your pocket by giving them clues, such as four coins that equal eight cents. Go to your bank, and have the kids help balance your checkbook or fill in deposit slips.

•Instead of a word of the day, choose a number. Challenge your kids to find several ways to reach the number by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Reward them with little prizes.

Learn more at www.Fit4Algebra.org or www.sylvan learning.com.

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