Published at Tuesday, March 26th 2019. by Sarah Amstutz in division.
Multiplication. To teach multiplication you need to start by teaching them as addition. To show them how to get the product of 2 * 3 = 2+2+2 = 6 or 2 * 3 = 3 + 3 = 6. Once the kids get the concept of adding same numbers to get a product they will be able to move on to larger numbers. Of course, it would not hurt to have them memorize the multiplication tables but it will also be helpful to teach them some tricks (finger trick for the 9 times table) to make memorizing fun for them.
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.
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.
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.
Subtraction. Be sure that they have already mastered their addition before going into subtraction. The easiest way to teach subtraction is by doing it in addition so that your students will be able to discover the concept of problem solving. You can ask them how for missing parts of an addition equation, such as 5 + __?__ = 8. You can give them word problems to solve depicting situations at home or in school. You can also make a supermarket game so that they would know how to compute for change.
Fun. Invent math games that will not only spark the interest of your students but will also make them enjoy playing these games. You can create games using common items such as crayons, chairs, pencils, books and toys. Counting. The most basic math concept that kids should learn is counting. Teach them the ability to count and the skill to identify numbers and symbols. Without this knowledge it will be hard for them to understand math at all. Equipping them with this ability will prepare them for the four basic math operations: addition, multiplication, subtraction and division.
Use the sidewalk or any cemented ground area where you and your child can draw on using a chalk. Draw a number line starting with a "0" and ending with "25" equally dividing the distance between each numbers. You can then make your child stand on a number then ask him to jump a specific number of steps back until he reaches zero. Example: Let your child stand on the number "18" in the number line facing towards the "0" then make him jump on every three lines until he reaches "0" counting how many jumps he had to do to reach the "0". This game is just like the frog game we used to do on paper when we were younger and mastering our division skills.
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