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Table of Contents
Three-Part Series on The Basics
Part 3: Math
A. 5 Ways To Begin Teaching
Math to Your Young Child
B. 3 Elements of Teaching
C. 12 Math Objectives
D. 6 Steps for Solving Story
E. 16 Online Math Resources
F. 8 Ways To Teach Higher
"Under God": America's Spiritual Battle
Christ-Centered Math (K4 - 1st)
Watkins Family Business
Math-U-See: Manipulative-Based K-12 Math Curriculum
Digital Learning: Math Classes on DVD
Measure Match: Memory Game
Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
Along with our math basics in this issue are
some great math
resources including beginning math, manipulative-based math,
math classes on DVD, and a game to teach math measurements.
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Three-Part Series on The Basics
Part 2: Math
The three Rs (Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic)
skills. They must be thoroughly mastered in order for children
to acquire, use, and communicate knowledge in other subjects.
These basics must also be constantly reviewed,
and used, so
that they are retained.
A. 5 Ways To Begin Teaching Math
to Your Young
There are several steps you can take to help
child make math a natural part of his everyday life.
1. Hearing Numbers
* Let your child hear you counting plates, making change,
comparing prices, and measuring, to show him
that math is
2. Saying Numbers
* After your child has heard you counting for some time,
him say the numbers with you.
* Later, teach your child to count by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s.
* Also, teach your child to count backwards.
3. Associating Numbers with Objects
* As you count blocks, help him touch each one.
* Pose a simple problem such as "There are four of us.
Grandma comes to lunch, how many plates do
* Play games that involve counting, such as moving his
in a board game.
4. Working with Numbers
* Let children help measure, double, or halve a recipe
* Let children make, read, and/or follow a measured plan
constructing an item out of cloth, wood, beads,
paper, yarn, etc.
5. Studying Math
* Make math a priority in daily study, early in the day.
* Minimize distractions.
* Stay with your child as he works to help him over any
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B. 3 Elements of Teaching Math
In order to teach math effectively and efficiently,
these components of instruction:
1. Present Math Concepts
Use objects and situations encountered in
everyday life to
show both the need for math and how it works.
* Demonstrate number quantities, fractions, and math operations
using blocks, measuring tools, clocks, coins,
purchased or homemade manipulatives.
* Continue to use concrete visual aids that involve seeing,
touching, and moving objects whenever possible
new concepts (even in algebra and geometry).
2. Practice Math Mechanics
Practice the mechanics of math operations
intensively until your child thoroughly masters them.
* While he is still young, have your child memorize and
the math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division) so that his recall is instantaneous.
These facts are
the foundation for success in any math
* After your child masters a new concept and demonstrates
dependable accuracy, have him practice with
timed drills to
gradually increase his speed. This will
help him in both
practical application and in testing situations.
* Teach, practice, and review daily the basic math operation
skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division) in
the areas of whole numbers, fractions, decimals,
measurements, and (later) algebraic expressions.
3. Apply Math Skills
Apply math skills regularly in everyday situations
realistic story problems.
* Spend ample time and effort to make sure your child is
to use his math skills in practical ways.
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C. 12 Math Objectives
These objectives of math education are considered
1. Problem Solving
Be able to choose which math skills and procedures
to use in
order to solve a problem and realize whether it could have
multiple or alternate solutions.
2. Communicating Mathematical Ideas
Be familiar with the language and notation
3. Logical Reasoning
Make a hypothesis (tentative conclusion) and
even one counterexample (failure) disproves a hypothesis;
discriminate between valid and invalid arguments.
See how mathematics is applied by translating
situations into graphs, tables, diagrams, or mathematical
expressions and interpreting these; use of proportion, percent,
direct or inverse variation, and ratio.
Always check to see if an answer makes sense.
Be able to compute an estimated answer using
arithmetic, and to decide how precise an answer needs to be in
a given situation.
7. Computational Skills
Be proficient in calculations with whole numbers,
and fractions and be able to decide whether to solve a problem
mentally, on paper, or with a calculator.
8. Algebraic Thinking
Learn to use negative numbers, variables (represented
letters), equations, and formulas; observe how one quantity
changes in relation to another.
Be able to understand and solve problems involving
temperature, distance, weight, angles, area, and volume.
Know terms such as "parallel," "perpendicular,"
"similar," and "symmetrical."
Understand "mean," "median," "mode," "range,"
know how to collect and organize data; know the uses and misuses
Learn basic principles of probability.
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D. 6 Steps for Solving Story Problems
Because this skill is directly applicable
to everyday life,
it is important to teach your child the steps involved in solving
a story or a real-life problem.
Read or define the problem; get a general
idea of what the
problem is about.
Draw a picture or diagram showing what you
know and/or list
and label everything in the problem; decide which given
information is important and what information you are looking
3. Set Up
Set up an equation, or equations, containing
Use symbols that show relationships between known and unknown
quantities, and any applicable formulas. This most crucial
step requires familiarity with the language of math (e.g., 2 x -3
= x + 4 means that three less than twice a number is equal to four
more than the number; the formula: d = rt means that the distance
traveled is equal to the rate [speed] multiplied by the time traveled).
Solve the equation using math facts and operations.
Answer the original question presented by
labeling all the quantities asked for in appropriate units.
Think about your answer; be sure it make sense.
you can do a quick estimate with rounded-off numbers.
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E. 16 Online Math Resources
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Math Art Gallery & Games
Measure Match: A New
Memory Game Teaches
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time, length, weight, and volume
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F. 8 Ways To Teach Higher Math
There are several options available for teaching
higher math, whether or not you have learned it yourself.
1. Learn It Yourself First
As a mature and motivated adult, you may find
possible and enjoyable to learn several levels of higher math
such as algebra and geometry, and in a fraction of the time it
takes in high school.
2. Team Learning
You and your child can learn together, working
as a team and
helping each other over rough spots.
3. Independent Learning
Your child can study independently, using
texts that present
4. Correspondence or Online Courses
These add accountability and feedback to independent
If your child needs immediate help, arrange
for him to call
on you, a friend, a tutor, or even another student who can
explain whatever he is stuck on.
6. Learning by Teaching
Have your child teach you or another student
what he is
learning. This will help him learn better.
7. Textbooks and Workbooks
In addition to a good, solid textbook, consider
using one or
more workbooks or texts from another source. Then if one does not
make sense to you on a specific topic, the other one might.
8. Video or Computer Programs
Math video courses that show a teacher presenting
to a class can help. Computer programs may also be valuable for
learning and/or practicing skills.
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