Think graphic The THINK CENTRAL/Math Expressions link, from Orange County Schools, will help you to access and print out student homework and reinforcement worksheets from our math curriculum. Please use this great resource!

    While in the car, have your child look for all the numbers she/he can find and ask that he/she double every number he/she finds. Talk about effective strategies for doubling (i.e. - when you double "97", is it easier to double 100 and subtract 6?).

    Visit mathmastery.com, select "family fun activities", and find a wealth of everyday math suggestions that make learning about math fun. Example: select grades 3-5 in family fun activities, choose " representation", and you'll find a number of coin math activities.

    Visit www.allmath.com where you'll find printable flash cards, Magic Square (a FUN logic math game), links to 23 math game and other math sites, math biographies, math history, math help and much more. Have fun!

    Caution on math facts. According to our math consultant, Nancy Nutting, rote memorization of math facts has limits. Nancy says, "Years ago many of us learned our facts by memorizing the tables or using random flash cards. Some people have good memories but now we know from research that isolated pieces of information are harder to use. When new information is connected to other information the brain stores that memory in a different part of the brain where it is easier to retrieve. Games and activities [that your child learns at school] are based on strategies that allow children to make connections among numbers. These connections are based on mathematical ideas - they are not "tricks" or "crutches"- they are relationships between numbers that we often use when we study algebra, number theory and other areas of mathematics." We want our students to be "automatic" with basic facts, using connections so they are fast and accurate. Once they have the foundations of basic facts, their retrieval rate will be better.