Exploring with Math – Learning it the fun way

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

How many of us recall and remember our reaction when comes to Mathematics? I am sure the followings are some of our reactions….

  1. The Fans of Maths – You get very excited with all the equations and formulas
  2. The Neutral – You will try to solve the problem and get it done with
  3. The Anti-Math – You will try your very best to escape in doing it!!

Does all that sounds familiar, sure do to me! 10 years ago,if you ask me what’s my reaction I will immediately choose the third one, but ever since I join Early Childhood, I have new perspective on Mathematics. It is no longer a drag to learn it. Yes, I agree that worksheets do play a part in learning Maths, but that there are other methods and ways too when teaching Math especially to the young ones. After years in this industry, I truly feel that hands-on using concrete items is the best method when teaching math to them.

I would like to share on my take away from Pre-reading chapter 1 and 2 of the ‘Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching developmentally’

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released Principles and standards for School Mathematics in which helped teachers to set certain goals when teaching Maths.It is not easy to be a teacher of Mathematics, ‘Positive attitude’, one of the points mentioned in the book is what I strongly believe a teacher should have because it will be evident in her teaching, children learn through role model so therefore its a domino effects.

Children need to be exposed to various tools and manipulative during their learning. These consist of countable objects, cube blocks, dot grid, graph chart and so much more. Fret not if you don’t have all that, you can still teach your child just by using household items. Amazing isn’t, now teaching or doing Mathematics is no longer a chore but FUN!

Copy, memorize, drill and compute are surprisingly lower-level activities that do not prepare children of the real act when doing Mathematics. On the contrary, verbs such as explore, compare, predict, investigate are activities that can make children really engage and actively participating in Mathematical ideas.

Well, That is it for now. Hope this info helps when you do activities with your child, I will share more tips and ideas soon.. Keep a look out yeah!

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