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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from Excel Math
 Welcome to the year 2014! Help your students ring in the new year with these math teaching ideas from Excel Math. If you need to refresh your bulletin boards over the break, try our Let It Snow bulletin board activities and download some snowflake patterns with math problems for your students to solve. See the pattern below. This can be used for bell work, an extra credit activity or just a fun way to review math facts.
 Excel Math can help students stay on top of their math skills, even during the winter break. Some parents purchase the Excel Math Summer School Edition (at just \$6.95 per student) for review and practice over the break from school and to help students prepare for spring testing. (We start shipping again on January 2, 2014.) Encourage your students to keep math going during the school break with everyday activities, too. Bake cookies as a family, but double the recipe. Plan a shopping list for the ingredients and set a budget. Now see how many supplies you already have on hand and subtract those items from the shopping list. Revise your budget and go shopping. Compare the actual amount spent to the budgeted amount.
 Show your student a credit card bill and calculate how long it would take to pay it off if you paid just the minimum amount due each month (even if you didn't have to add interest). Now figure out how much interest you would pay if you paid just the minimum each month. Ouch! Let your student calculate the tip after your next dinner out. Explain that doubling the tax can be an easy way to give a 12% - 15% tip. Multiplying 10% of the bill by two will give you the amount for a 20% tip. If you leave a larger amount when the check comes, calculate what your change should be. How do you incorporate the holidays and math practice into your daily routine? Leave a comment in the box below to let us know.
 Excel Math Student Lesson Sheets Do you need some proven math resources to help your students get ready for spring testing? Try the Excel Math Summer School/Intersession 6-week program. Take a look at samples on our website or give us a call to find out more. Wishing you the happiest of new years from the entire Excel Math team.

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