Published at Tuesday, March 05th 2019. by Marianne Bouthillier in Addition.
Too many children are moved from grade to grade without really knowing the easiest math facts. They can bluff their way along and pass tests by using fingers to count. Without correcting this problem, math becomes a "pain" and students dislike math class more and more. Almost every good job requires adequate math skills. Increasingly employers demand advanced math skills. Increasingly getting into college requires competency in math.
Third grade math can be difficult for some children, as they're expected to draw upon their experience from K-2 to tackle relatively complex math problems including multiplication and division. As a parent, you should work with your child during this crucial period in his or her education, as struggling kids will undoubtedly continue to struggle unless they receive encouragement, differentiated instruction and plenty of practice.
Including an interactive online learning experience not only boosts kids mathematical proficiency, it also helps them to learn the basic computer skills necessary to achieve success in todays society. And though math games may move at a quicker pace than traditional classroom instruction, they still require kids to focus and pay attention to lessons so that basic skills can be mastered and concepts properly understood before more advanced ideas are introduced.
Math will become more fun as each success is achieved. Also remember, when tutoring, vary the lesson topics so your child will not lose interest. Limit tutoring sessions to no more than 30 minutes. Guides are available especially for home tutoring that can diagnose the needs as well as fix any deficiencies in an easy, fun manner.
Thirdly, the syllabus / scheme of work also help you to know your limit on any particular topic. When I say limit I mean areas you're not supposed to touch under any particular topic. For example, a second year secondary/college student is not expected to go beyond the use of measuring instruments to find angles of elevation and depression. The calculation aspect of this will be done later. So a misinformed student would waste precious time looking for ways to calculate angles of elevation and depression instead of measuring them.
Before tackling your child's math problems, it's helpful to understand the curriculum and why certain types of math lessons are difficult for young children. 3rd grade math curriculum typically includes multiplication and division, which children often struggle with. Kids will have especially pronounced problems when multiplying and dividing if they've had problems with addition and subtraction in the past or if they simply haven't spent much time practicing these basic skills. Children may also have trouble seeing the patterns in multiplication tables, which will make it much more difficult for them to keep up with their classmates. Multiplication tables can be difficult to approach and kids who understand the relationship between division and multiplication will be able to absorb lessons much more easily.
Attributing temperament personalities to the 4 processes helps a great deal toward a greater understanding as well as proper, successful use. Colorful costumes, along with stories and plays, characterize and illustrate each one's unique traits and the way they all interact. This can also be a first look at how math intersects and interconnects on a deep and vital level, while giving it a dynamic and interesting face that will easily hold any student's attention and interest.
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