Published at Tuesday, March 26th 2019. by Sarah Amstutz in division.
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.
Ask any elementary school student what subject he hates more than any other and the chances are that 9 out of 10 will say Math. I know I did, and I know that 2 out of my 3 children did. Why do you suppose this is true? The main reason kids hate Math is that somewhere along the way, they haven´t quite understood a concept that was presented to them, and, often, before they do understand it, a new concept has been added. Before long, the child is so overwhelmed, they just give up and, as a result, decide they hate the subject.
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.
The Internet is more often used in teaching these days, and as a teacher you shouldn´t feel like you´re ´slacking´ by letting your students use the computers to continue their learning. Through a variety of teaching resource websites you´ll be able to access a variety of mathematical computer games that make division into fun activities. These games can be continued at home, and you can even implement computer games and other division and math related games into their homework activities.
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.
Online math software can be an effective way to practice at home, as math programs provide a steady source of new problems for children. Many modern math programs also use adaptive learning techniques to automatically change the types of problems that the child sees to adapt to his or her strengths and weaknesses. Your child will be consistently challenged and encouraged, which should lead to steady improvement. At the same time, past lessons will occasionally be revisited. This prevents your child from forgetting basic concepts that will be used in future lessons, thereby making every subsequent lesson somewhat easier.
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.
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