Teaching your children math outside of school

SAN DIEGO - Was math your worst subject in school? You can still find ways to help your children through the dreaded homework.

Use measuring and fraction skills when you bake or cook. That will help children learn the relevance of math in everyday life, according to Janeen Lewis, a teacher and writer at San Diego Family Magazine.

Research fun careers that use math. Architects, astronauts, fashion designers and forensic analysts rely on math. Do you have teens or tweens? Lewis recommends the book Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You.

Plan a trip together and calculate the miles you will travel at a designated speed to determine how long it will take you to get there.

Give your child an allowance he or she has to manage. Together, you can both decide how much he or she will save and spend.

Keep math resources on hand. Tools like rulers, tape measures, tangrams, pattern blocks, play money, fraction bars, counters and geometric shapes are great for kids to make discoveries while playing. Also keep a good math dictionary on your bookshelf to help with terms you may have forgotten.

Want more great tips? Check out San Diego Family Magazine.

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