This summer use fun techniques to help your child gain math and thinking skills. Have fun interacting with your children and increase their thinking skills at the same time. Games can increase your child’s academic skills, their ability to focus and their a processing speed. Any type of game that uses words will enhance your child’s vocabulary, reading and spelling skills. Games that use numbers will increase their ability to understand relationships and build a sense of numbers.
Research has shown that a child’s vocabulary by second grade is related to their vocabulary scores on the SAT. Don’t despair if your child is past the second grade. Games will improve their vocabulary at any age. Games that use dice or dominoes, counting spaces or that use money will enhance math skills. Additionally, games teach social skills by teaching taking turns, following directions and being a good loser. Consider having a family game name and write the winners of each game in the lid of the box to keep track.
Some suggested games are:
Sorry Dominoes Taboo
Blink Racko Scrabble
Upwords Scattagories Pictionary
Skipbo Master Mind Crazy 8’s Chess Yahtzee
Keep it fun and watch your child’s vocabulary and math skills grow!
Nancy Todd, PCET
Lynn Schaubert, PCET