By: Katie D
I used A+ interactive math for my second grade daughter. I tried it with my kindergartner too but she didn't even make it through the initial evaluation before she was frustrated. This program is great for a child who wants to work independently, and who can read well enough to do so. I like the evaluation it did in the beginning to figure out what concepts your child needs to work on. There are videos that teach the lesson and then online worksheets to do. The child can even check their own answers. It's easy to keep track of progress because it saves all the worksheets and provides a summary report of how the student is doing. My second grader learns better actually writing problems out and solving them so don't know if we will exclusively use A+ math. I definitely recommend it if independent online learning is what you're looking for.
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By Tracy Martin-Turgeon
Myths about Math:
1. If children do not get basic math concepts in early years and elementary, they will just catch up later on.
· This is false; research has shown that if a child struggles in elementary school in math, they will still struggle in middle and high school. It is important for children to grasp math at an early age.
2. Teaching children math at preschool level is not serious until middle or high school.
· Not true; children who are exposed to basic number sense early on and in Kindergarten tend to succeed and progress more in math.
3. Toddlers should not be doing math.
· This is false; although you will not be teaching your toddler multiplication, toddlers begin to learn basic math through talking, singing, using blocks, simple puzzles and nesting cups.
4. When you spend too much time on math at a young age, it takes away from other learning experiences.
· False; when children learn math, they not only learn simple concepts and number sense, they are also learning communication skills, language, literacy, and writing.
Some activities to do at home to enhance math:
· When folding clothes, have your child sort the socks and match them for you.
· Have your child set the table with dishes and the silverware for one-to-one correspondence.
· While driving in the car, count how many white, red or green cars go by.
· Have your child find numbers on buildings, buses, taxies or houses that they can add or subtract.
· Find license plates and try to read the number. TM 3689 this would read three thousand, six hundred and eighty nine. How many states did you find? Which state had the most plates on the road?
· Cooking, measuring and estimating liquids and solids when baking. How much is a half or a quarter of a cup?
· Have them count out the change you get back from a purchase or what they have saved in their piggy banks.
The most important thing you can do for your child is not to ignore math and help them to love math as they grow.
Resources: Parent and child, and Parent fun math.
B-Roll: The Children’s Museum, books on math for young children, paper plates and silverware, socks, and change.
Tracy Martin-Turgeon has been in the field of early childhood education for 22 years. She started with The Children's Workshop in September 1999 as an assistant director for and has since served as director, regional, and currently as a VP regional overseeing seven facilities throughout MA and RI. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI. In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.
The following two questions were submitted to Cape Cod Mommies Advisor: Gary DellaPosta,
Gary, I have a few questions regarding Bloggers and taxes:
What is the difference between business/hobby for blogging? How does one determine that? How does a blogger claim review items that were received in exchange for a post? I know that it is bartering, but what are the official rules? Should quarterly taxes be filed? Should I register as a DBA at my local town hall? Also, how can a blogger claim the dependent care deduction if s/he doesn't receive a 1099? ~Emily
The business versus hobby rules can be complex. However, if the business shows a profit in 3 of 5 years, it cannot be classified as a hobby. If the IRS classifies a business as a hobby, then any losses cannot be deducted.
The items you receive in exchange for blogging are considered bartering. The fair market value
of the item is the amount of income you must claim. If the item sells for $19.95 online or in a store, then $19.95 is the amount of income you have to report.
Filing quarterly taxes would depend upon your overall tax situation. You are only required to register as a DBA if you are doing business under a fictitious name (ie.: The Green Grocer).
If you have net income (after all expenses) from your business, you will be qualified to claim the dependent care credit.
Gary, How can I teach my kids good financial skills? ~ Leslie
Once they reach school age, children should start learning rudimentary financial skills.
You might start to teach your kids in the following areas:
Their Allowance. Give your kids control over their own money (their allowance and whatever monies you give them that are not earmarked for some particular purpose). You can make suggestions to them about what they should do with it, but allow them the final say on what happens to the money. Let them see the consequences of both wise and foolish behavior with regard to money. A child who spends all of his money on the first day of the week is more likely to learn budgeting if he is not provided with extras to tide him over.
Savings And Investment. Beyond the basics of budgeting and saving, you'll want to get your child involved in saving and investing. The easiest way to do this is to have the child open his or her own passbook savings account. If you want your child to get familiar with investing, there are various child-friendly mutual funds and individual stocks available.
Taxes And Credit. Kids can start using credit cards at an early age with parental counsel and involvement. They can learn the concepts of incurring and paying off debts both from credit card use and from small loans that parents make them. If children have to file tax returns-as they would with an IRA--allow them to participate in the process; this will get them used to the idea of yearly tax payments.
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