Basic Skills
Math Suggestions for Working with your Child at Home

Parents as Partners

Research shows that children are more likely to be successful learners when parents actively support their learning.  Here are some activities that you can do at home:


Look for patterns in the environment.

  • Find patterns in the music you hear or in the stories you read or tell.
  • Make patterns together using objects.
  • Try physical pattern routines with motions, such as clapping your hands and tapping your knees in a repetitive pattern.
  • Start a pattern and see if your child can predict what might come next.  Then reverse the game, with your child making a pattern for you to extend.


Look for numbers in our world.   Where are the numbers?

  • Make a list of how the numbers are used.  Add to the list each day.
    For example: telling time and temperature

Take advantage of opportunities to count


Encourage your child to see and handle coins.

  • Make rubbings of the coins.
  • Investigate the various combinations of coins that equal the same value.
  • Play a simple guessing game with coins.

For example: I have some nickels and some dimes in my pocket.  I have four coins in my pocket.  How much money could I have? 
Record all the possibilities.


  • Have a measurement scavenger hunt.  Ask your child to find things that are as long as different objects.
    For example: Find things that are about as long as one pencil
  • Make a map of a favorite place, such as an amusement park, sports arena, playground, your room. Make a list of things you want to include on your map.  Decide how much room each location needs.  Include a title, labels, scale of measurement, and a key.


  • Explore the calendar- write appointments, family events.
  • Think about what you do each day and write a schedule.
  • Pick a day and keep track of all you do, when you do it, and how long you spend doing it.  You might want to write down what you are doing each hour.  Use the information about your activities to create a timeline that illustrates what you did that day.
  • Graph your wake up and bed times.


  • Look for different shapes in the world around you.
  • Make a chart with each shape and where you found it.