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Curriculum Review: Making Math More Fun

por Sang Bevill (2022-08-22)

Keep an open mind. Learning a new skill always takes a degree of openness. People learn better when they are receptive to the subject matter. By contrast, people will find it hard to learn if they already hate a matter before even exploring the joys of it. Some Math haters have literally experienced allergic rhinitis at Algebra, but later discovered that they love Statistics and mental Math. While you may never embrace the "beauty" of Calculus that advanced math geeks love, but you may find that you appreciate simple, applicable, practical Math, especially when you know what it's for.

If your child's negative attitudes are not coming from within your family, then you might have a bigger problem since those attitudes are coming from elsewhere. You may have to do some detective work and have some serious conversations with others. If you find the source, repeat the above process.

Students of teachers that do take this kind of time have better outcomes on state tests than students of teachers who only stick to the text. Almost any social studies context provides a backdrop for learning that adds depth.

Teach your child to add, subtract, multiply (by fifth grade, he should know his multiplication tables very well) and divide. This is a lot to learn and it usually takes until sixth grade to be proficient at basic math computations. After all, that's why they call it long division, because it takes so long to learn how to do it! Don't worry now about Algebra; worry about whether your son can do long division by himself. After this, [empty] concentrate on fractions and decimals. Go over and over them until he really knows them. This will take longer than you expected.

It needs to be determined quickly where the child is picking up these negative attitudes. It might be from day care, website ( a baby sitter, an older sibling, or even a parent. Having the source be a parent is actually the easiest to fix.

The Math concept of Addition is also easier to understand by using 10's and 1's. For example, if you ask your child to add 22 and 34 using the 10's and 1's papers, it becomes clear that the answer is five 10's and six 1's giving the answer 56.

Building the kind of culture that works for student pairs or groups takes years and lots of practice. But before you give up and decide it doesn't work, determine if you are following tips #1 and #2 first.