Partnership with Parents
Together with teachers, parents play an irreplaceable part as stakeholders in the students’ Mathematics education. They work hand-in-hand with the teachers and Math Department and contribute their expertise and services (e.g. assisting the class teachers in making Mathematics manipulatives, preparation & printing of packages, providing moral support & encouragement for students during competitions as they accompany the students)
Parents and Teachers can work hand in hand together to provide an encouraging environment for learning Mathematics both in school and at home. As parents, you can work closely with your Math teacher in the following manner:
- Monitor your child’s learning and ensure that he/she completes assignments in a timely manner.
- Revise multiplication tables with your child on a regular basis. There are multiplication songs on the internet that you can use to enhance your child’s experience in learning the tables.
- Play mathematical games and solve mathematical games/puzzles with your child.
- Children learn best when they have real life situations to see the Mathematical applications. As parents, you can infuse Math concepts in daily situations like shopping trips, grocery buying visits to food centres.
- Encourage your child to participate in Math-related activities / read Math-related publications e.g. subscription to Math Connection, Maths Venture or Math Oasis magazines.
- Train your child to check the reasonableness of the answers obtained.
- Encourage your child to analyse mathematical situations and communicate using logical explanations.
- Emphasize the need to write numbers clearly and neatly, especially the digits ‘6’ and ‘0’ or ‘5’ and ‘7’ as well as the importance of having detailed steps in the solutions.
- Provide regular practice to help your child achieve mastery of the mathematical concepts taught.This enhances speed and accuracy too.
Creating a Positive Home Environment for Mathematics
Your child needs a special place to call his/her own. Setting aside a room or corner in your home dedicated to his/her education will show him/her that you are serious about his/her education.
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Set aside a place for your child so that he can call his own. That way, they won’t have to clear away everything they used when they get to the end of a study session- a place where they can leave their papers and pens without having to clear up each night.
Location is important for your child to concentrate. A good, sturdy desk, a comfortable chair and a clear, bright lamp are essential. Your child should be able to sit for reasonable blocks of time without becoming bleary-eyed or fatigued. Shelves and drawers are important for organization and it helps if all the surfaces are easy to clean.
Practising and studying Mathematics as a family helps the pupils feel more comfortable using Mathematics in their daily lives.
It is never too early to begin involving your child in activities requiring mathematics. Parents can help make their child’s mathematics learning more exciting and entertaining at home. You can help your children to learn to appreciate it.
Tips for helping your child Enjoy Math!
Do Math together, using examples of Math from your bills, grocery coupons and during cooking (use of measures, e.g. a spoonful of oil). This shows that Math has a relevant role in the grown-up world and gives the child a purpose for learning Math.
Make it a hands-on experience. E.g. if you are planning a birthday party or event, involve your child in the planning of logistics such guest lists, count the utensils needed for each guest and door-gifts, etc. It helps the child to use the skill of estimation and counting to confirm the correct number.
Make everyday tasks into games. For example, at the supermarket, ask them to help to add up the number of fruits needed for every member in the family or help to find the cheapest fruit. You can turn it into a Scavenger Treasure Hunt when you get your child to search for the packet of 2-in-one coffee with a certain number of sachets of coffee.
Vehicle Bingo – during a journey together, you can ask your child to identify the number of Hondas, Subarus, BMWs or motorcycles to pass time and make it a learning activity at the same time.
All the activities suggested above may sound simple, but it will be effective if used regularly. Children will participate because they are fun and makes it easier for them to grasp the math concepts. Like any skill, logic is developed through experience. Children can build logic skills without even knowing it. Logic games engage children in a fun, entertaining activity that builds the ability to approach a problem with a plan for finding a solution.
Benefits of Logic games
- Challenge the child’s thoughts and processes
- Require him to draw conclusions
- Train a child to find similarities and differences between words and objects
- Stimulate and strengthen a child’s understanding of spatial relationships by requiring the eye to quickly find an image and transfer information to the brain.
Math Logic / Board Games
Examples of logic games include word and picture puzzles, e.g. Rush Hour, tower of Hanoi. Popular games that use math and logic include chess, checkers and dominoes. Mastermind is also a very good family game for honing your child’s skills in logic.
If your child is already familiar with the pc, you may want to try these logic games together with your child
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