Month: April 2011

Math As Your Second Language

I read an article that discussed math in a completey different and unique way. The author is a younger lady named Dinah Jackson and she published the article at ezinearticles.com.

She discusses thinking of math as another language – check out her article.

Math Is Beautiful

Is math created or is it discovered? Does math describe laws of nature or is it a tool? Why do so few people feel passionate about math while most people find it difficult and tedious?

To think ‘in math’ is probably the ultimate in abstract thinking, but the foundation of math is anything but abstract. Basically, the foundation of essential math lies in what we call division. Division is just another way of separating one object from another, or grouping similar objects together and separating them from dissimilar objects. And if you can do that, you can do many other operations like separating multiple groups of similar objects from others. In this sense math is highly practical and mundane. We use math in nearly every aspect of human life without even realizing it.

In my humble opinion, math is an intellectual reflection or ‘grasp’ of the cosmos around us. To me, there are many types of languages, and math is one of them. And math goes far beyond the slicing of the pie description above. Photons can be viewed as either particles or as waves and likewise math can describe either of these two conditions.

It is when math goes beyond particles that it truly becomes beautiful, but also for the majority of us to understand at all. Indeed, there are many mathematicians who can see the exquisite beauty of a perfectly harmonious mathematical function but at the same time have no idea how it applies to real things in our universe. And that’s also the fun part for two reasons. The first, which has so many quantum physicists excited these days, is that any function must surely be describing something in the universe and if that is unknown, it remains to be discovered. From that case, whole theories can be built around the evidence of the math alone. Secondly is the converse. Einstein admitted he was not much of a mathematician, but he was an extraordinarily keen observer. He needed math to explain his observations though, so while we get to the material phenomena of the conversion of mass to energy through math, Einstein went the opposite route.

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Very interesting idea! So are you ready to learn a new beatuiful language called math?  😉

If so, come visit me at Cherry Hill Mathnasium!

Have a great day!

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When Can A Child Learn Math?

A question that many parents ask is when they should begin teaching their childmath. I found an article that helps to answer this question. The article is from GoArticles.com and was written by Thomsen Lucas.

Math toys help to improve counting ability

Pre-school children needs to learn simple mathematics and most often the onus falls on parents to begin the procedure. It is here that many parents fail because they don’t know where to start from or how to make counting interesting and interactive for their children. Nowadays however there is help at hand since there are lots of creative teaching tools that are available in the market. One of the most interactive approaches that can help your kid learn simple mathematics is math toys. Starting from simple addition to subtraction these toys enable your child to learn counting effectively. The great thing about these toys is it encourages the child to play a game of numbers. As the child enjoys the game he also learns different concepts of mathematics in the process. So these counting toys enable your child to play and learn at one go.

Different types of math toys (in Danish matematik legetøj) are made that are targeted at children of various age groups. When you allow your child to play with counting toys he becomes familiar with numbers and other simple mathematical problems. As he makes progress you can give him toys of higher level. These toys help in the development of mathematical reasoning. It also develops cognitive skills. In this way children can prepare themselves early in life which helps them in the future.

Apart from counting your kid also has to develop his motor skills and for this purpose there are motor toys. When your child starts playing with these toys he improves on his motor skills. When you buy motor skill development toys make sure that these conform to the age of your kid. Toys that are age inappropriate will be of no use because if your child finds them uninteresting he won’t play with them. This will nullify the very purpose for which you had bought the toy.

The process of development of motor skills should be initiated from a very early age. It is better if you start from the age of one month. This means you have to take the leading role in playing with your child. Teach your child to grasp and grip the motor toys (in Danish motorisk legetøj). Toys that can intrigue your child can be great. Gradually teach him to pick toys and throw (some toys are meant to be played in this way). Stack toys help to sharpen motor skills and for creativity there are construction toys. Always be with your child when he plays and allow him to take his own time to play.

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Buy Math toys (in Danish matematik legetøj) and motor toys (in Danish motorisk legetøj) from ABCleg for your kids.

So the answer according to Mr. Lucas is you can start right after they’re born – beginning at one month of age.

And then of course you’ve read about the parents that teach their child math while still in the womb? That’s another post!

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Math Help Isn’t Always Expensive

Many people think that to get good help with learning math, you have to pay a lot of money!

But you know that’s not actually true. Lara Stiles wrote a nice article for ezinearticles.com and discusses this topic. See what she says:

Finding High School Geometry Help At A Reasonable Cost 

Geometry is not the easiest of math subjects to pick up and if you want your child to do well at school in this topic, then getting them to understand the basics, if they are finding this to be a difficult topic, is the way to start.

Of course not all parents like geometry themselves.

Which makes it a problem for you to then spend time with your child explaining the intricacies of geometry and trigonometry to them in a manner that they will understand.

If your partner likes math and was always good at it in his time at school then you have no worries. But if neither parent is the least bit comfortable in doing extra geometry in the evenings to make life easier for the youngsters then you’ll have to find some extra help with regard to math.

Looking online opens up a wealth of opportunities and actually there are very many free web resources available in the subject of math and covering many topics.

You are sure to find some geometry worksheets or geometry work proofs to help your child. It is just a simple matter of Googling the topic your child is stuck on and looking for “worksheets” or “sample questions” to get those worksheets with extra geometry questions and answers on them.

Another option is to subscribe to an online learning program, and although these are not free, they are not very expensive either. Have a look online and you will come across a few math online learning programs that might be just what you are looking for.

With subjects like geometry and trigonometry, which consist of lots of shapes, angles and volumes and areas of shapes, the subject is quite visual. Pupils need to be able to follow the visual concepts of these math topics if they are to successfully apply formulas and find out the answers to the problems that are asked.

When looking for a tutor, even if it is on online program, you need to see evidence of the ability to be able to explain these concepts clearly and coherently. If your child is going to be learning by watching online webinars, then check to see if there are lots of diagrams and illustrations which can help your child to learn better.

You can get trial lessons on many math teaching programs, so sign up and see if you can watch a free version before you commit to paying a regular subscription.

Lara Stiles writes for Inspired2Learn.com which is a website that offers tips for parents looking for high school geometry help for their kids. For trigonometry functions help take a look at Inspired2Learn to see what online learning programs exist to help your children with their math.

 And of course you know that not only online programs offer trial lessons, right?  Stop by Mathnasium of Cherry Hill where you can get a free week of math tutoring!

Have a great day!

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