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Building Mathematical Literacy at Home

# Building Mathematical Literacy at Home

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Building Mathematical Literacy and Helping themto deal with Mathematics Homework
By RENY hANDAYANI
The Importance of Family Involvement

Doing Mathematics Together
For young shildren, emphasizing that Mathematics is all around us is very important. It willgain more engangement to children. These following activities are examples of things you can do athome to build the childrens Mathematical literacy.
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ount, count and count!
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hildren, especially young ages love to count and will counteverything and anything. Encourage the children to count out loud the number of candles on their birthday cakes, or crackers on their plate.
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ractice classifying by separatiing toys into sets, such as cars, blocks, or dolls. Askquestions related to size and quantity: Which is larger? Which is larget? Which issmaller? Which is smallest? Do you have more dolls or more bears? How many more orless? Are there fewer dolls or fewer bears?
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Find two and three-dimensional geometric shapes, such as circles and spheres.Remember, that Mathematics is not always about counting like in Algebra. Somechildren who are not really good at counting might be the master in Geometry and ableto deal with space-related problems in math.
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et your child help set the table. Fold napkins as rectangles one day, then as triangle henext. Find the number of chairs needed to match the places set. Determine the numberof knives, forks, and spoons needed.
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et your child sort the laundry (ask them to help their housekeeper at home if it isusually done by your maid). Before washing, have your child to sort the piles by colorsor by family members.
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