This is the first post in the series on Teaching Your Child Maths.
Like a child playing with plasticine. Mathematics is a subject which can be both fun and educational at the same time.
Mathematics or Arithmetics as it is sometimes know is a subject which basics are essential for daily living.
Everyone uses maths almost everyday. We use maths to calculate the change we need to get back after purchasing the bowl of ramen for our lunch.
Maths is also frequently used to calculate our taxes, estimate the travel time taken and measure the proportion for the ingredients needed to bake a cake.
Many children are visual and kinesthetic learners. They do best when there are maths manipulative around to help them understand the various concepts taught in maths. I personally have used various manipulatives to re-enforce the different mathematical concepts which I have taught to my students.
Here are some recommended items which can enhance your child’s learning of maths.
This is a excellent set to get as it consists of pattern blocks, connecting people, connecting cuisenaire rods, coins and bean counters. These items can be used to explain addition, subtraction, multiplication division and even patterns.
We commonly use this set of base ten number concept set when I was teaching lower grades. It helped to explain to the students about counting in the various units – ones, tens and hundreds. The student can physically see how a hundred is broken down into tens and ones.
This set of color-coded tiles, students can manipulate parts of a whole to see how they relate to each other. The tiles can be used to perform simple math operations with fractions, decimals and percentages.
To learn to read the time properly is an essential skill in life. With such a clock your child will find it easier to learn the association between minutes and hours. It is not common that there are digital clocks around for us to read. In fact most classrooms are still having an analog clock and it is important to learn how to tell time properly.
In the next post I will be touching base with the various maths websites which you can use to enhance your child’s learning of maths.