3rd Grade Math: How Can I Help My Child?

The 3rd grade math curriculum includes multiplication, division, arithmetic patterns, fractions, measurement (time, liquid volume, mass), area and perimeter, attributes of shapes, and problem solving and reasoning. If you feel like your 3rd grade math student could use some extra help with any of these concepts, here are 5 things that you can do to help your child master the curriculum and build math confidence.

Work Together on Real-World Math Problems

Help your child understand the importance of learning math for the real-world. Your child may struggle with figuring out measurements on a worksheet, but cooking doesn’t feel like work and yields delicious results!

Have your child join you as you calculate prices at the grocery store. For instance, ask them how much 3 gallons of milk will cost if it costs \$2 per gallon? Practice fractions with a pie or a quarter pound cheeseburger, or measure items around the house. Make the work hands-on so your child understands how to use math outside of the classroom.

Play Math Games Together

You can find simple math games online to help your child master various concepts. Or, make your own. A simple one that you could play in the car involves choosing a number. Then, take turns saying multiplication pairs that equal the number you chose.

Think about ways to practice the math concepts your child is struggling with as you’re on the road, waiting in line, or hanging out at home. Make it fun, so your child can practice in a stress-free way.

Work together to determine what the problem requires. In the process, you can model your thinking about it for your child. As your child gets more and more confident, make sure to help less and less. However, you could ask leading questions to help your child when he or she gets stuck.

Utilize Apps and Math Websites

Whether you’re driving to grandma’s or spending time at home, you can also use a tablet or computer for math apps and websites. Find ones that offer practice with concepts that your child needs to review. There are lots of fun ones available that will engage your child and provide the practice needed to master the concepts.