By Carolyn C. Diaz on July 31 2018 12:19:28
Children usually start to learn about decimals in Year 4. The first thing children need to know is that a decimal is A PART of a whole. A good way to explain this is to show them an empty hundred number square / chart.
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Children will be learning at school how to round up decimals to the nearest whole number. A fun way to practise this at home is to use regular dominos and establish that each piece is a decimal number (so a domino one with 3 dots and 4 dots is 3.4). Encourage them to play with the dominos, but with the rule that they can only, for example, join 2 dominos that are within 1.5 of each other. This will really get them thinking about what each decimal point represents. A number line can also be useful when rounding decimals.
Practicing addition with your child is a great way to get him excited about math! Young kids who are beginning to learn addition often need to see a visual representaion of any given problem. Many kids will use their fingers and toes, but make things more fun by using counters. You can use pieces of cereal, beads, mini marshmallows or anything you would like. Kids love switching things up with large-sized counters, so bust out pillows or purses to make learning addition even more fun.