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# Avoid 3rd Grade Math Anxiety in the Fall

Going back to school means building on the concepts learned last year. But what if your child was a little shaky on some of those math concepts? Avoid 3rd grade math anxiety in the fall by knowing which concepts your child should master by the end of the summer.

There are several areas which can be extra-tricky for 3rd grade math students, and they are often the areas that are frequently tested. Mastering these skills will provide your child with the strong fundamentals that they will need not only in 3rd grade, but for the rest of their elementary math studies.

Before September rolls around, assure that your child has mastered 2nd grade math concepts like base-ten, addition, subtraction, measurement, and shapes. You can gauge your child’s understanding of these math concepts with the activity ideas provided below.

Fluency of Addition & Subtraction Facts

• The number one activity this summer should be memorizing all add/subtract facts from 0-18
• Make it fun! Memorize using rhymes, pictures and fun clapping games. Check it out here.
• Visual learners need to draw word problems to understand. Encourage this approach.
• Audio learners remember by talking about the concepts and teaching someone else.
• Tactile learners remember by touching, clapping, manipulating objects.
• Discover your child’s learning style here.
• Get a head start on Multiplication/Division memorization.

### Understanding Base-ten Notation

• Practice counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds. Good activity on trips!
• Understanding numbers. For example, the number 369 is 3 hundreds + 6 tens + 9 ones.
• Play games like Base 10 Bingo

### Using Standard Units of Measure

• Measurement: Get out rulers, tape measures, yard sticks and measure everything in sight. Metric and standard. Make your own table runner per picture and find measurements at meal time!
• Money:  Provide real life situations where your child has to count out money, figure change, count etc.