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Practical Math for Everyday

BY MEGHANN UMALI

 

As moms, we’re keen on ensuring that our children are continuously learning. We want them to not just be mentally, emotionally, and physically smart, but practically intelligent as well. That’s why it’s always such a joy seeing your child excelling both in school and in the streets, especially when they apply what they learn in the classroom to everyday living! It’s a moment that tells you that you too are doing a good job, and you couldn’t be prouder.

 

Math is one subject that offers tons of benefits in our day-to-day encounters. We all too quickly focus on the rules and equations and forget that arithmetic is meant for practical use to help our children navigate through life easier. If your child isn’t very fond of math, especially outside of the classroom, here are ways you can help your child grow used to applying math in their everyday lives!

 

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1. Let your child handle small payments.

Going to the mall or grocery is always a nice way for moms and kids to explore and bond. Counting money as payment for food or taxi fare is also a good way to start!

 

But make your trip to the mall even more fun by letting your little one go through your list of things to buy, and help you collect each item. Tell him what they’re for, the cost, and how many you need of each one. Also tell him how much you have to spend and ask him if the shopping fits the budget.

 

By letting your child handle money and knowing the importance or urgency of an item, he’ll learn the difference between wants and needs, and budgeting. At the end of the day, he might even have change for a snack!

 

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2. Teach your child how to save and earn.

As children, we all know how many hugs, kisses, and even tears it took for us to get something we wanted. But instead of going through all the trouble and watching our own kids throw a fit in the middle of a toy store, teach them the concept of savings.

 

Ask your child to point out a toy that he likes and to check its price. Of course, as our young ones only have a meager allowance (or probably none at all yet) ask them how much they are willing to pay each week, and how many weeks it’ll take to save enough for the toy. For pricier toys you’ll probably share the cost, but you’ll be surprised by how eager and focused they’ll become! They can also earn more money in exchange for good deeds like helping clean up at home. It’s a good discipline that they’ll carry for the rest of their lives.

 

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3. Help your child make and maintain a schedule.

Teaching your child how to allot time per activity will help him have a clearer understanding of his daily routine. Your child can count through his day and learn how much time it’ll take him to do one thing or to get from home to school.

 

Studies show that routines help kids feel secure and develop self-discipline. So help your child build his schedule. Plot down bath, study, meal, and play times, along with little details like brushing after meals or taking a daily supplement of Nutroplex vitamins. This will teach him how to balance his day with work and play!

 

4. Give your child a brain-boosting supplement.

Keep your kids’ counting skills sharp and their brain cogs well-oiled with Nutroplex. The multivitamin-mineral preparation provides essential vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Vitamin B Complex, and Vitamin A.These are known to enhance mental sharpness and quick thinking. Nutroplex especially aids in applying learnings to real-world situations, like making that timely pass on the soccer field, finishing that math project, or even riding their bikes with friends. Remember, optimum development, which takes into consideration your child’s mental, emotional, physical, and practical intelligences, means smarter, stronger, and safer kids!

 

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So moms, try to make each day a fun opportunity for math. Turn those tuition fee pesos into golden nuggets of knowledge and you’ll get more than what you paid for. What are your tips on “everyday math”? Comment below and find out what other moms do to help children embrace practical math in everyday life!

 

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