Make practical math story problems for your kiddos throughout the day. If you are out gardening make up simple math problems saying.....
"Look, there are four yellow tulips and two red tulips. How many tulips are there all together?" "Oh, 2 + 4 = 6".
Try it again with a new batch of tulips. "There are two that are open and five that are not. How many are there all together?" "Oh, 2 + 5 = 7"
Incorporating simple math into day to day activities help children see that their learning is relevant. It makes them see practical application. How many of us haven't wondered why we had to learn that stuff? If you are looking for some fun activities for learning about tulips, check out the Tulip section at Making Learning Fun!
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