8year old came home today and said he didn't understand the math lesson about division.
I always despair about the incongruity of the beauty of math, and the way it is communicated to young children. It's unfair!
Math is beautiful. Exciting. Orgasmic even, when you're older. Promise.
That is, if you're nerdy enough to look through the interesting things that mathematicians have crazily compiled through the ages. But if not, oh well...
But then, us parents with maths-anxiety find it difficult to explain math operations to our kids when they get home and do homework.
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Below are some dialogue that you may try to use on your kids, see if it works that they understand. The simpler dialogue is always better, no matter what age they are. If not, games/ software may do the trick, if you find one, good luck. Timez attack (for multiplication tables) is genius!
I'm not a maths teacher so take this with a pillar of salt. bonk your head on it if you also don't get it.
- "Put more"
- "_____ joined them"
- "Take away"
- "_____ went away/ left"
- "adding 1st number over and over, as many times as the 2nd number
- "skip count by ___ these many times
- "Cut into groups of ____ . How many are left in each group?"
- "Subtracting over and over til you reach zero. count how many times you subtracted.
These help when you say the operations aloud as you solve examples. Give exercises using the same patterns.
Please give your examples you used at home that your kid understood easily. Share and care!
Shokey, calclueless is allowed.