### Doing my Best to Prevent Mathematical Fear from Spreading in my Girls

It’s happening already. When I pull out a math problem for my six year old daughter I can see the fear glaze over her eyes. It’s clear she understands math concepts, but somehow, some way when asked a math question her mind freezes, eyes begin to water and she shakes her head as if to say ‘I don’t know!’
I blame myself of course, as mama’s most often do, that both of my daughters are not always confident in their math ability. Once I reached fractions I was turned off from math. As each year of math increased in difficulty I shuttered. I am afraid I have subconsciously passed on my math fear to my daughters. I am hoping I still have time to reverse the math fear curse. My strategy is to build confidence in the basic math concepts – over and over again. Wish me luck!

*Bonus! All math activities presented here are based on Common Core State Standards*

*Bonus! All math activities presented here are based on Common Core State Standards*

**Understand the concept of a function . Understand that a function from one set (called the domain) to another set (called the range) assigns to each element of the domain exactly one element of the range. If***What will they comprehend?**f*is a function and*x*is an element of its domain, then*f*(*x*) denotes the output of*f*corresponding to the input*x*. The graph of*f*is the graph of the equation*y*=*f*(*x*).

**Does your high schooler need a little clarification on Functions? Or perhaps they just want to get a leg up on the high school math competition.**First they can review or learn about Functions here(from mathisfun.com)

**Does your high schooler work better with audio and video?**Then this video gives step by step explanations of how to calculate the Domain and Range of a Function.

This is a great video, with rap included, to help your high school scholar remember certain facts about Domain and Range

**Lastly, have your high schooler check for understanding with these math problems.**Make sure to scroll down to view additional problems WITH Answers!!(from app.activateinstruction.org)

**Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.***What will they comprehend?***First have them review the concept of the Pythagorean Theorem**(from mathisfun.com)

This video on Pythagorean Theorem is also helpful

(The Best Pythagorean Theorem Rap Ever)

**Lastly, you can make sure your budding scholar understands the Pythagorean Theorem using this interactive game.**Pythagorean Theorem Baseball Game (only one interactive game, but you or your child can check their answers)(from pbs.org)

**Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions.***What will they comprehend?***Is your budding middle schooler kinda fuzzy on dividing fractions?**No worries. Have them first review the steps (from mathisfun.com)* *

**Then have them watch this fabulous video on dividing fractions: 'Dividing Fractions – Keep, Change, Flip'**

**Ditch the worksheets and give your whiz kid the opportunity to practice math problems online**They can practice dividing fractions and you/them can check answers immediately.(from mathplayground.com)

Or they can play Soccer math! I love this site!!

(from math-play.com)

**Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value. First, work with your kindergartner on the concept of place value. Ixl.com offers practice problems. (from ixl.com)***What will they comprehend?*Or you can also try the app Splash Math

*Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!*

*Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!*