Published at Thursday, September 17th 2020. by Fantina Fernandes in Math Grade 5.
Mathematics, or more colloquially, "math", is one of the most important subjects that students learn in school. Not only do good mathematical skills form a necessary for understanding of other subjects, especially the sciences, but also, math is an important life skill. Learning math usually of course begins at young age, sometimes even at home, with learning numbers and counting. At kindergarten and then school, students then progress through arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), and eventually to more advanced topics such as algebra, geometry, graphs and charts, and statistics. In all these areas, but especially during the learning of arithmetic, practice and rehearsal is one of the most ways for students to improve their mastery of the topic.
Interactive math games for first graders allow young students to play their way to a deeper understanding of numerical concepts. Addressing addition, subtraction and other first grade math skills through games helps make learning fun and expands a child has academic experience beyond the traditional classroom setting. By merging print materials with technology, both teachers and parents can aid children in becoming more proficient with the concepts they will need to be successful in school and in daily life.
Even though personal one-on-one tutoring is probably the most effective form of tutoring, there are still plenty of excellent tutoring resources online that you can utilize. Here are some of the best online tutoring resources that you will find on the web. Sylvan Learning is one of the top providers of tutoring and supplemental education services for students of all ages and skill levels. They offer instruction on all subjects including Math, Reading, Writing, Study Skills and Test Prep. While also having 900 learning centers across the country, they also have a lot of great online resources that you can check out for free. Tutor.com has over 5 million online tutoring sessions that have been completed and has thousands of tutors at your disposal 24/7. They have been around since 1998 and offer everything from Interactive Classrooms with live Chat, recorded sessions for playback, shared documents, screen-sharing and much more.
According to the research, solid early mathematics skills are the strongest predictor of future academic success; greater than early reading skills, attention skills, and socioeconomic factors! So what early math skills are most important? The research focuses on "school-entry math skills" such as understanding small numbers (up to 30), quantities, and simple shapes. In addition, being able to count, compare, sort, and describe objects (up to 30) are considered core kindergarten math skills. A host of online tools are available to help young children improve their math and reading skills and technology has made great strides in the past several years in areas related to children has educational software. However, many of the technical advances may be overwhelming for young learners. Websites with 3D graphics and online virtual worlds ("edutainment") may be a useful tool for older children looking to build skills while having fun on the computer. However, younger children can be easily distracted by the overuse of technology in many of these programs.
ALEKS, my personal favorite, uses artificial intelligence software to routinely assess what a student actually knows, reinforce the areas that they need extra help in, and moves them through a pie chart of skills with interactive lessons and explanations that students view along the way. Periodically, new assessments are given and the software individually redesigns the material that your student needs to learn to tailor a math course that is unique to each student. Rather than having chapter tests, students work to complete the entire pie chart. The course is complete when the student has 100% mastery, so the foundation of skills is very strong when a student completes the course. In any math program, students should also practice self-checking and use a Critique System for evaluating their personal problem areas, but with regular evaluations such as these and solid online math programs, students can significantly change the way they feel about math, as well as their skill in math. Online math is an excellent option worth considering, certainly for home-schoolers, but also for any students who want to brush up on skills over the summer.
To practice mathematics, math workbooks are the good source. You learn a concept in a workbook, then in the same booklet there are more problems on the same concept for practice. Another good method to practice mathematical concepts is using math worksheets and you can print math worksheets free of charge from the web. Finally, choice is yours. You can choose the jumping method to reach your math destination or you can use right and proven path to reach your math destination. The right and proven path to math destination has the following steps: Start learning math as soon as you start your kindergarten, Focus in your math classes and listen to your teacher, Ask your teacher lots of question until you are not clear about the concept you are learning.
I believe the program I have created can solve the problem of how to teach math concepts through play. It provides a clear and progressive framework but also needs the commitment of a parent or teacher to guide, direct and pose the challenges that will create a stimulating, stress free but highly challenging learning environment. Are you ready to make that commitment? If you are you may be as surprised to discover just as I did that learning math can be extremely fulfilling on many levels. I really hope you are interested enough to read my next article as we take a close look at the math model your child will need to play with every day.
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