How to help your children with math  

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created by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:26:26 pm

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Take the the math concept your child is studying and make it into a game. Consider Bingo, go-fish, dice games, board games, etc. Adding the element of play makes the learning fun.

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submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-15 05:51:43 am    


I always tell my math students that, "Practice doesn't make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect". That means you have to check your work and answer to make sure you're doing the problem correctly from beginning to end.

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submitted by tjzerrer 2009-11-27 08:24:48 pm    

I taught math for 15 years, and if there's one thing most students can't stand it is boring repetition, eg 100 long division sum. So, provide a variety of ideas and examples within any topic, and the child will tend towards what they enjoy...

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:26:26 pm    

Another approach is to ask questions that require thinking and reasons for what they're doing. So, instead of "Where does the decimal point go?", ask "Why does the decimal point go there?" (after they put it there). Students think more and better.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:37:25 pm    

Once students get used to being asked "Why...?", they'll find it easier to ask you questions. I'd say that most students' progress in math is directly proportional to the number of "Why...?" questions they ask. So make math a discussion of ideas.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:43:26 pm    

Division is a game changer for most students. I teach 8th graders who still have trouble with it.

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submitted by tjzerrer 2009-11-17 10:04:22 am    


Then, once they are choosing something more enjoyable, they'll gain success faster, and be more likely to show interest in, or attempt, some other topics. You must win their confidence before anything else. Success in math is probably 2/3 confidence.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:29:42 pm    

The way to get the repetition they need is to give them a quick 'Twenty Mental' review once a day or twice a week, so they have to process the ideas and thinking without writing. It works wonders.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-07-20 09:32:39 pm    

Have your child create a simple 'test' for you, that they mark. For any answers you get wrong, have them 'teach' you. This'll give them confidence, and they'll want to tackle harder work. As they say, 'The teacher learns more than the student'.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-11 01:40:17 am    

I had trouble with Math than I discovered The Trachtenberg Speed system of Basic Mathematics. Math is now easy and fun. Example: To multiply by 11. 123 drop the 3 add 2+3=5, add 1+2=3 drop the 1. Answer 1353. You can multiply 3 to 12 learn the rules.

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submitted by Basic Budget 2009-08-02 09:20:01 pm    

Make sure to draw to your explanations on a peace of paper! If you draw 10 apples - 2 apples they will get it better! always worked.... smiles or reall pencils, drawings ect.

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submitted by CatOwnersAid 2009-08-24 09:43:16 pm    


Enrol in a night class at your local school. Just admit that you need help, and have them diagnose where you're up to. Start easy so you gain confidence. When your child sees you making the effort for them, then they'll be more motivated to try harder.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-11 01:34:48 am    

Make sets of questions, I call them Twenty Mental, covering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers, fractions and decimals. Read out the questions, calculated mentally, write only the answer. This builds mental calculation power.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-23 04:43:08 am    

Make sets of flash cards with questions on one side, answers on the other. Children calculate mentally and answer orally, with an easy time limit. Make sets for +,-,x,/ of integers decimals & fractions. Shuffle daily, record progress for motivation.

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submitted by KiwiSteve 2009-08-23 04:48:37 am    

Instead of giving your child problems to solve, let her create the problems (and solution, of course). Reversing the roles is fun and still requires just as much thinking and math knowledge.

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submitted by Jimmie 2010-12-20 09:10:24 am    

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