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SECOND CUP: Using math to keep student's sharp over winter break

SECOND CUP: Using math to keep student's sharp over winter break
SECOND CUP: Using math to keep student's sharp over winter break
Posted at 7:22 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-04 09:35:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Parents looking for a way to keep your children’s minds sharp over the Christmas holiday, here’s one answer!

Mathnasium of Tallahassee is a new math learning center. They’re offering tips to help keep your children at their best, without even leaving home.

1. If you're traveling over the holidays, involve your children in the planning process – from map skills to schedule planning – travel can provide multiple ways to integrate math conversations. Think of it as a word problem exercise. "If we're leaving at 10 a.m., and we will be traveling 70 miles per hour for 140 miles, what time will we arrive at our destination?"

2. During the holidays, if you're cooking or baking, remember the right recipes call for the right math. Have children get involved to understand the relationship between ingredients in a recipe. It provides a great starting point to work with fractions, ratios, proportions and measurements. And of course, you're doing more than just solving for X but you actually get to eat the answers to your equations.

3. Let children help you as you do your holiday shopping. Calculating the savings from holiday sales and the amount of tax on your purchases involves practicing with percent along with basic addition and subtraction skills.

4. Keeping your mental math skills sharp is easy to do. Families can play mental math games in the car or when they are out and about. Some of the favorite math card games of Mathletes at Mathnasium of Tallahassee include Addition War, Multiplication War, What's My Number, and Concentration. Plus, a "game night" can involve other games related to problem solving and logic such as chess, connect four and others. Families who spend time over the winter break "mathing" while heading over the hills and through the woods to grandmother's house will set themselves up for a successful re-entry when school begins again. Plus, it's fun…

The Mathnasium of Tallahassee is located in Bannerman Crossings, which is at the corner of Bannerman and Thomasville Road.