Published at Sunday, March 24th 2019. by Ruben Treichel in division.
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.
Math can be a very difficult and dreadful subject. Many students fear their exams and find math painstakingly difficult! Only a handful of ´lucky´ ones seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Math programs can also generate charts for teachers and parents that show a child´s progress over time. By using these charts, parents can spot math lessons that might benefit from different instruction techniques and discuss this with teachers. There´s also a more tangible benefit to math software for 3rd grade kids. Young children enjoy working with computers, and by using math software at home and in the classroom, you´ll be helping your child stay interested in his or her education. Learning math can be a very positive experience. This is one of the most powerful gifts that parents can give to their kids and certainly one of the most effective ways to treat the various problems that young children have with mathematics.
If students miss out on a core subject matter, it will be very difficult to catch up. Long division is a good example of this. The core of long division is simple basic multiplication and subtraction as studied in the first and second grade. The only new thing is the process, or structure, of long division.
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.
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.
The best way to treat many math problems is to first find the source of the problem and to adapt the instruction to concentrate on weak areas. Regular at-home math practice is absolutely critical during the first few years of a child´s education, as at-home practice will serve to reinforce concepts and to allow children to move along at a faster pace. Practice is especially important during the holidays, the summer and during other breaks in a child´s school year.
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