You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers. — John Forbes Nash Jr.

Life is a math equation. In order to get the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives. — Anonymous

Math is a challenge, but then, so is learning anything. There is little excuse for not learning math. Math is everywhere in our daily lives. Numbers stand for amounts of time, money, distance, cooking ingredients, measurements, even weight of your children and their pets.

Parents may still be trying to understand math and maybe by having children, another opportunity is given for them to learn it in a different more lasting way. If teachers are teaching it differently, parents need to consult with the teacher or even ask her or others at the school how they with their children can learn math better.

There are games parents can play with their children to help learn math facts.

Dice games are portable and easy to take anywhere. Dice games are satisfying, fun and cheap. Children can learn to add, subtract, and multiply playing with dice. Using the number of dots on two dice to count (for very young children) and to add, multiply or subtract is a quick mental activity that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.

You can even make your own dice with the help of https://www.danyabanya.com. Websites such as www.activityvillage.co.uk and https://www.mathgeekmama.com have many ideas for you to enjoy playing dice games that help children retain their math facts.

You can also play card games with your children to help them learn math facts more quickly. “Nifty 50” and "21" are two easy math card games suggested by Nancy at https://scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/nancy-jang/2017/3-math-games-with-playing-cards/.

Any card game that allows children to add or subtract the numbers on two cards helps children get these basic math facts stuck in their brains. An idea for teaching place value is at https://topnotchteaching.com and also at https://mathgeekmama. Bethany has many more ideas for using ordinary playing cards to help children learn and retain math facts.

There are games you can purchase on Amazon to help you and your children learn math. Sum Swap Game by Learning Resources helps children learn math language. Tiny Polka Dot, by Math for Love, has multiple uses for helping children with math. Qwixx is a quick, fun dice game for all ages. There are games on your computer and phones also.

If you are a creative parent, you can make up your own games. Just be sure your children know and understand the rules of whatever game you design.

Math requires time and patience to master. https://www.goconquer.com.

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." — Albert Einstein

Math games help learners of all ages retain necessary facts to solve problems more quickly. Practice is necessary to keep math facts for quick access in solving future math problems. Children will be more at ease working with math with basic facts securely in their brains.

Southern Arizona resident Bette Mroz is a former teacher, reading specialist and principal. As a mother and grandmother, she continues to help her family learn. She can be contacted at bettemroz@gmail.com

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