Published at Saturday, March 23rd 2019. by Selina Andros in division.
No matter how many times you get the child to fill out a division work sheet, or produce division assignments, there is no promise of that child being able to continually deliver with an ability to successfully perform division problems. You need to ensure that the child can relate to the division technique and be taught in a way that they actually respond to. Mindlessly filling out worksheets and booklets often proves to be worthless to many children.
Teachers often assume that since they spent a few minutes showing the class how to do a long-division problem, that every student in the class now knows how to work a long-division problem. Not necessarily true, and a good teacher will follow up on every student to make sure he or she understands each concept before adding new ones. I have always believed that most kids can learn just about anything if they are exposed to it using familiar surroundings and techniques and encouraged to proceed at their own pace.
Obviously this skill is not just for students. One benefit of learning alternative mental-math methods, is that parents and students are on equal footing. The method is new for both, so they share a learning experience, instead of having a parent just teach a child. When a child feels like he or she has an equal status with the parent, the "intimidation factor" is solved, and the child doesn´t have to feel stressed, and the parent doesn´t have to feel like he or she has to be an expert. Everyone can relax and learn at an equal speed.
Math has always been a passion for me, even as a little kid. It wasn´t until that I got to college and enrolled in pre-calculus, then, the problems started arising. I was so filled with pride that I can do math in my head with ease that I started to forget the basic principles of algebra. I struggled for most of the semester and then came the most difficult decision of all, I withdrew from the course. After another attempt at the class, I had the same problem again. It wasn´t until later that I developed a plan that will help me succeed in my math courses.
Addition. The concept of addition is the first of four math operations that children have to learn and being able to properly teach them the concept will provide them encouragement and the skill to move forward and still find math easy to learn. You can start by adding 1 to a number to generate the next number before going into adding one digit numbers. When the kids have mastered addition with one-digit numbers then you can move on with the one-digit and two-digit numbers combination until you can move on to multiple digits. Keep their interest by giving them competitive addition worksheets.
Math is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the world. When you try to teach a child to learn math, they would get a puzzled look, as they are trying to process of how numbers work and how problems add up. My daughter, when she started learning math, she would have a hard time trying to visualize how math problems add up or take away. It took a lot of time and hard work just to get her to understand how math works.
Let your child help with baking some cookies. Let him do the measuring of the ingredients but ask him to double the ingredients so that you can bake two batches with one mixing. For example, if your recipe calls for 3/4 cup of flour for one batch then you can have your child compute for how many cups he needs to make 2 batches and without using the same size of measuring cup your child will have to compute for the quantity of flour he has to measure. In this example he will have to have 1 and 1/2 cup of flour to make two batches of cookies.
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