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Parents, Reinforce Math Skills Through the Multiple Intelligences and Help Your Children Learn

—by Jean Fisher


Logical/ Mathematical Intelligence

The greatest challenge you may have reinforcing math skills with the logical/mathematical learner is finding activities that challenge and avoid boredom. Combining the lesson with a puzzle to solve, the way this online Mystery Picture activity does, is great.

Mystery Picture

For a work-at-home lesson that you and your child can do together, I suggest challenging the mathematical learner to create a game that teaches equivalent fractions. Then prepare yourself to become an assistant in the production. Of course, play the game together when it is complete.

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

To get the kinesthetic learner motivated, he or she needs to be touching, moving and manipulating objects. The colorful, snap-together pieces of the Deluxe Fraction Tower Activity Deluxe Fraction Tower Activity Set will give your kinesthetic learner a fun challenge.

Make the Equivalent Fraction Challenge game. You will need:

  • Catching objects such as buckets or baskets.
  • Small throwing objects such as bean bags or balls.
  • Label the catching objects with lowest denomination fractions such as 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, etc.
  • Label the throwing objects with fractions that are equivalent to the fractions named on the catching objects such as 2/8, 3/6, 5/10, etc.

Place the learner in front of, but a few paces away from, the catching objects. Place the throwing objects next to the learning guide. The guide tosses one throwing object at a time to the learner while calling out the fraction name. The learner catches the throwing object and calls out its fraction name. He or she then calls out an equivalent fraction in the lowest denomination for the throwing object and tosses it into the correct catching object. Play several times. Use a timer and make a graph to measure progress.

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

Get a musical instrument into that child's hands, what else? It's a natural, music and fractions go together like brother and sister. Just start hammering out those quarter notes and half notes.

Casio 61Key MIDI Keyboard CTK800

A challenging musical activity for reinforcing equivalent fractions requires two beating instruments and two beating surfaces. One person beats out the rhythm of the numerators and the other player beats out the denominator. Beat out 1/2 then 2/4, 4/8 and so on. Remember though, that the tempo of 2/4 will need to be twice as fast as 1/2 because all the beats must occupy the same amount of time as the 1/2 beats.

Do you have four players? Have the other two players continue to mark the beats of the fraction expressed in lowest denomination.

Interpersonal Intelligence

Multi-player learning games are great for interpersonal learners. Here is a colorful equivalent fraction game from target.com.

Frog Pond Fractions Learning Game

Interpersonal learners make great teachers because of their tremendous people-skills. Ask your interpersonal learner to teach you equivalent fractions.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal learners love the challenge of skill-drill games. Here is a shockwave equivalent fraction game from Learning Planet.

Fraction Frenzy

Play a game of equivalent fraction concentration with your intrapersonal learner. Use index cards to create several equivalent fractions. Deal them out face down on the table. Take turns turning over pairs of cards. When an equivalent fraction pair is upturned, the player gets to keep those cards. They player with the most cards at the end of the game, wins.

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