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Monthly Math Mission with Crazy Math Mom, Issue #001 -- A word a day
August 25, 2012
Crazy Math Mom

August 2012

Ready for August's Monthly Math Challenge?

It is not too late to join us for the last week of the "Word a Day" Challenge. We are finishing our last week!

School is coming, which means your child could REALLY benefit from brushing up on their math skills. They will be on their game when school starts- a huge confidence boost.

Math vocabulary is vital to understanding math concepts and skills (see research below).

The Challenge: Learn or review one important math vocabulary " word a day" in August. This is totally do-able.

Your Plan: Download the PDF for K-2 or 3-5.

August Math Challenge K-2
August Math Challenge 3-5

You will see a calendar, each day is marked with one math vocabulary word and the definition (as always, these words are aligned to National Math Standards). Put the calendar somewhere visible (I am keeping mine on the visor of my car). Ask your child to use one word each day. The challenge will be weaving the word into conversation at least 5 times during the day.

That's it! You and your child will have fun and your child will be a step ahead when school begins.

Your the first to get our newest Scavenger Hunt : Download your free scavenger hunt below:

K-2 Nature Scavenger Hunt
3-5 Nature Scavenger Hunt

Have fun and enjoy learning with your children.

Yours Truly,
The Crazy Math Mom

Coming in September:

Make an inviting study cave for your child.

Vocabulary Research: Research concludes language is required for higher level thinking. Language shapes one understanding of the world (Whorf). Studies concluded that language dramatically affects a child's cognitive development (Vygosky). Without an understanding of vocabulary that is used routinely in mathematics instruction, textbooks and word problems, students are handicapped in their efforts to learn mathematics (Miller, 1993). Mathematical vocabulary refers to those words that describe mathematical concepts (Vacca and Vacca, 1996).

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