Published at Tuesday, March 26th 2019. by Selina Andros in division.
My wife and I came up with a plan to have our daughter set some goals and once she accomplished those goals, then she would get rewarded for her efforts. But we did not leave her by herself to accomplish this feat alone. We had to be there every step of the way, encouragement and giving praises to her for a job well done. Just before the end of the school year, her third grade class just started doing division problems, and the look on her face just said it all. Her usual complaints of, "I can´t do this," or "this is too hard," once again was heard throughout the house.
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.
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.
By introducing puzzles in the math lesson or as homework, teachers can get every student engaged. And the more students practice, the better they will learn or catch up. Teachers can give puzzles as homework assignment to those who are struggling with the subject. To give a puzzle as homework rather than a page in a book, will probably yield a better result.
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.
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.
This problem is not really prevalent in the first years at school, where math is relatively easy and considered fun. But after a brief and relaxed honeymoon period, the going will get tough in later years. After the introduction of multiplication tables in the first two school years, students are required to memorize these tables accurately and above all to recite them without thinking. Too many students, however, will rely on their addition skills and will not be able to recite the multiplication facts quickly enough.
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