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Practice skills related to addition and subtraction as well as chance and probability with these games.

Array Bingo
Players roll the dice and find an Array Bingo card with the same number of dots. Players then turn that card over. The first player to have a row, column or diagonal of face down cards calls out “Bingo!” and wins the game.

Soccer Spin
Players choose a spinner to use during the game. They choose a team to cheer for, checks or stripes. They then predict which team will win based on their spinner. They spin the spinner to check their prediction.

Basketball Addition
The basketball game is played by two teams, each consisting of 3-5 players. The number of points scored by each player in each half is determined by rolling a twenty sided polyhedral die or 3 regular dice and using their sum. The team that scores the greater number of points wins the game.

Hit The Target
Players choose a 2 digit multiple of ten (10, 20, 30…) as a target number. One player enters a starting number on a calculator and tries to change the starting number to the target number by adding a number to it on the calculator. Children practice finding differences between 2 digit numbers and higher multiples of ten.


Being a good student will help your child now and later. Many colleges award students financial aid based on need and academic achievement, making college more affordable for families. Encourage your child to do their best in school. You may want to reward good grades or an A+ report card. Just don’t forget to remind your child that good study habits will pay off in high school and college too. Talk to your child about future dreams and remind them that education is the key. Leave your comments below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Ask your child frequently, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Follow up with a reminder of the importance of education as the key to reaching his or her dreams and discuss what steps your child will need to take. You can do research on careers together at the library or online at Don’t worry if your child changes their mind frequently or chooses a career you aren’t thrilled about. All career dreams require success in school now.

Check homework, progress reports and report cards. Offer praise when your child does well and provide encouragement and help when your child is struggling. Insist that your child follow school rules. Make sure your child is at school and ready to learn everyday.

We all agree that reading is essential in a child’s development. That is not the only thing that can aid in a child’s development. There are a multitude of activities that can aid in their development. Listening to classical music can help in their development. While it will not make them smarter, it will stimulate their brain activity. Learning games such as memory match is a great way to exercise the brain. This may give them a needed break from reading so that they do not get burned out.