Building Math Skills
You can challenge your child with mini math quizzes each day.In the elementary grades children learn "integers."These are whole numbers—not fractions or decimals.They can be positive or negative—above zero or below.Children first learn small numbers—one through 10.Then they move up to 100, to 1,000, etc.
Learning integers takes memorization and lots of practice.Quizzing your child on integers each day can help.For example, when your child wants to go outside to play, his "ticket" out the door might be to count to a certain number by twos, fives, or tens.Or ask her to recite all the numbers from 100 to 2500 by hundreds.Check with your child's teacher about what numbers to use.Make it fun!Gently correct any errors. Or help out if your child gets stuck.You don't want this memory drill to be too hard.
~Taken from Parents Make the Difference, The Parent Institute