I have a little Fashionista in my family. Â We call her Fashion Diva Girl, and she loves all things FASHION. We’ve been working on math skills, and I needed a fun, cool way to get her thinking on her toes. Â So, I came up with combining her love of shopping with math. Â Finding new and fun ways to practice math skills will keep your little one interested in learning.
That’s right, make learning fun. Â Take what your child enjoys and incorporate a bit of learning with it. Â Just keep it low pressure cause you don’t want it to seem like a lesson and they shut down.
We are on Spring Break, and all my kids just want to lounge. Â Well, all except Fashion Diva Girl. Â She wants to relax and shop. Â So, we headed out to GymboreeÂ (great sale on Easter Dresses) and Children’s Place. Â She found some cute outfits on sale. Â SCORE!
After we had shopped, we headed to grab a little snack. Â Auntie Anne’s was the stop. Â That’s when I decided to practice this little exercise. Â I wanted to do so as we shopped for clothes, but while standing at the register the cashier and I were chatting it up about other sales items.
As we stood in line at Auntie Anne’s, I had Fashion Diva Girl take a look at the board to find the price for the pretzels we were about to purchase. Â Some simple questions asked:
Practice Math Skills With Simple Questions
- How much does each cost – she had to use reading skills here. Â YES!
- Determine what we need to do? Â Add, subtract, multiply, divide (is there a sale? Is it buy one get one free, etc?). Depending on the age and if the prices are the same for multiple items you can discuss multiplyingÂ vs. adding those items
- We then rounded the cost of each item – The idea was to have an estimate before the cashier gave us the total
- A quick discussion of which dollar amount we should use to pay. Â Our total was $9.61. Â I asked her if it made sense to pay with a $10 or $20. We also had a brief conversation on if it really mattered (this was after we walked away)
She quickly calculated that we should receive less than a dollar back. Â The cashier thought it was cute and was excited about helping her with the change….$.39 she smiled, shouted and cheered my daughter on because she was able to tell me it was less than a dollar quickly. Â Ohhhh…, but I wanted her to calculate the total. Â No worries, though. Â The quick math practice was fun and opened up a conversation between the teen cashier and my daughter about the importance of math.
As we walked away, Fashion Diva Girl grabbed my hand and said, “Mommy, that was fun! Â The cashier was really nice and said I was good at math!” Â SCORE!
It’s ok to have confirmation from others about the importance of education, especially when it’s someone your child can relate to, finds cool, etc.
If you can tie learning to a hobby or passion of your child (keep it low pressure), you will be able to get them to enjoy learning for years to come.
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