Category: children learn math

Is Your Child A Math Genius?

How many of you think that your child may be a math genius? Is there really any such a thing as a child math genius?

Of course there is!  🙂

Here is a video I want to share with you that shows a group of children who have been classified as math geniuses.
Unbelievable Footage of 6 Year Old Math Geniuses
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Pretty good, right!

If your child isn’t a math genius, or maybe is struggling with trying to learn math, we can help!

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Learn Algebra The Right Way

Learning math and then algebra can be a difficult progression for many students in today’s public educational process. It should be a natural progression if done properly. I whole-heartedly agree with this article I found by Mr. VanNoy, where he gives a good explanation of how he believes children should be taught algebra. Check it out and see if it makes sense to you?

Embedding Algebra For Young Learners

My students have told me often that in the upper elementary school years, 4th or 5th grade, they started to learn Algebra. Usually, this memory evokes shudders of pain. Some explain that they never really “got the hang of Algebra”, and that it looks like “just a bunch of letters, numbers, and mixed-up rules” jumbled together. This has been a common discussion over the years with students who somehow got moved on from the comfortable levels of Arithmetic into the strange world of Algebra before they were really ready for it. How young is too young for us to teach our students algebraic concepts?

The answer — kids are never too young to learn algebra; they just need to be introduced to it in the right way, when they are ready. So, if it looks like algebra is next in your child’s curriculum list, what do you do?
This question is actually part of the problem . . . Algebra should not be handled as a separate unit at a certain time. It is actually best taught as an embedded idea as soon as children know how to count and can use elementary mathematical symbols. In short, if they can count, add and subtract, then they are ready.

Algebra quite simply is the study of arithmetic structure. . . So, how does the teacher introduce algebra concepts to the young student? Even at the youngest ages, our children can be ready for the following lesson sequence:

  • Build on the arithmetic strategies the student knows already. Introduce algebra ideas in a natural, comfortable way, linking from the natural, mathematical ideas of counting and basic numeric operations. Discuss money exchanges, adding and subtracting objects from piles and groups.
    “If I have $16 in my pocket and pay Shari, and I am left with $9, how much did I pay her?”
    “Jeff has three pieces of gum in one pocket and five in the other. How many altogether? If he has three in one pocket but eleven total, how many in this pocket . . .”
    “Jeff has three pieces in this pile, as you can see, but 12 in total. How many are in the pile I am covering?”
  • Make it interactive and fun. You want your student to be engaged and participate in the situations you present orally. Use “mystery numbers” and unknown numbers of pieces as the stand-ins for variables. Use funny sounds to represent the variables in a different order to create aural representations of equations. Let your kids make up their own examples and create funny sounds. Make it a hands-on experience whenever possible.
    “I am a number. When I add 6 more, I have 13. What number am I?”
    “15 plus (oooomff) makes 28. How much is (oooomff)”
    “(arrrrrrgh) groups of 8 makes 32. How many groups is (arrrrrrgh)?”
  • Introduce rules and properties in the student’s own language, and then move into the proper math vocabulary of “rules of equality”, “equal operations”, and “distributive property”.
    Use the concepts of fairness and balance. You want the concepts to be learned before students are required to label the procedures formally.

To start talking about the concept of variables and equations, the learning sequence is extremely important here. If the developmental stages are skipped, students will try to memorize procedures and the understanding is lost. Orally introduce situations where there is an unknown quantity or mystery number, then represent the variable a funny sound or gesture, then move on to written symbols. Avoid using letter variables until your students are ready. In summary, algebra is the study of the arithmetic structures of our world, and is a toolbox we use to solve problems. The abstract nature of variables and equations and properties can only be understood after a proper developmental sequence of hands-on and oral examples, moving into the symbolic realm, and then progressing into pencil and paper exercises. Make it fun and interactive; allow your students to create their own examples and tap into their own curiosity. Embed these ideas into their basic curriculum lessons, not as a separate unit. Students of algebra need to be able to see how variables and equations are used to do any type of problem solving, and are tools to unlock mysteries in the world of numbers and patterns.

By: Terry VanNoy

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I like Mr VanNoy’s approach to teaching math and algebra. Too often the students are thrown into algebra without taking the time to know that they have a good general understanding of the concepts behind algebra. I hope this helps you when looking for a tutor to help your child learn algebra and math.

Visit our Mathnasium site  if you are in the Cherry Hill NJ area and are looking for some math help for your child.

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Using Technology To Help Learn Math

I wanted to share a video with you, where a professor from the university of Washington is changing the way students learn math!

Yes, I know it’s an Intel commercial, but there is a lot of good information in the video!

And it’s encouraging to see that professors are utilizing the technology at hand to more quickly and easily help students learn math!

So without further ado:

Classroom of the Future from Intel on Vimeo.

So what do you think. Maybe your children would like to learn math this way?

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Who Is Jake Barnett?

So I was looking at some math videos and a video about a math prodigy popped up. The child’s name is Jake Barnett.

Jake has autism and this allows him to remember anything he reads, watches or hears concerning mathematics. He has distinguished himself and took college courses at the ripe old age of eight.



He will be graduating soon and then studying to get his doctorate’s degree.

So you see, it’s not all that hard to learn math! (Especially if your a prodigy!)

Hope you enjoyed the video and have a great day!

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Help Your Second Grader Learn Math

Everyone could use a little help when trying to help their child learn math. THe article below will help you to help your second grade student learn math more easily. Hope you enjoy it.

Tips On How To Teach Math To Second Graders

Children learn how to talk, walk and play from parents. And of course when they reach the right age, parents opt to send them to school to learn more. One of the subjects that must be taught to them is math. It is important that you know how to teach them the concepts in 2nd grade math. Exercises and drills may help but it is also better that you know to educate them without making them overwhelmed. Here are some tips on how to teach math to your second grader kid.

Review Old Math Lessons

Second grade level is the time that your kids learn math concepts and functions that were taught in the first grade. It is vital that you review with them their old math lessons to freshen up their memory. Also, it will help them apply these to their real life situations. Remember that they can not progress to future math concepts if they do not recall their past skills. A long time of reviewing is not necessary. It is better to review in short bursts of time. Just take care to not let them be overwhelmed. Sometimes, a quick refresher course will do.

Lesson Plan

It is also important that you plan the topics that you discuss with your child and to be able to discuss with them the concepts effectively and significantly. They will be able to understand them more easily and will answer their math exercises correctly. Making a lesson plan and sticking to it will lead to the accomplishment of desired goals at the end of the school year. The concepts vary for each grade level and it’s critical to comply with the prerequisites.

Practice and Learn

It is true that practice makes perfect. Constant practice in performing basic operations of math for second grade students can help them master the concepts. You should also make sure that your child fully understands the concepts before proceeding to the next topic. Home exercises are also important since it enables them to master the lessons discussed with them.

Make the Lesson Simple but Clear

When discussing with them or teaching them concepts, it is essential that you explain the lessons in a simple and understandable manner. Do not overwhelm your child with concepts that are too advanced for them. Simple explanations will make them understand the concepts very well. But of course, this will only happen when you make it clear and easy for them to be able to understand the concepts easily.

Relate the Concepts and Problems to Real Life

Relating concepts in math to everyday activities can help develop the math skills of children, especially young students like second graders. Playing board games and counting are also essential for their development. Have them play the money game, and let them act like a bank teller who counts money. Simple games like these enable them to apply the math concepts in real world activities.

Fun and enjoyment are essential to the development of your child especially when he deals with numbers. The learning does not only depend on the exercises and drills in school. When your child is at home, spend time with him in doing home work. It is best that you, the parent, know how to help him understand the concepts without making it stressful for him. Remember that you are his first and best teacher no matter what.

By: Sara Mays

Sara Mays is a math enthusiast who loves teaching kids math by making it more effective with games. By using games she is able to break through and help those kids that are struggling.

Do you want to learn how to teach your child more effectively by using 2nd grade math exercises? Visit my website at for helpful tips to make math easy, exciting and and fun!

So with that you now are prepared to go help your second grader!

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Help Your Child Learn Math And Have Fun

So you’d like to make learning math a little more fun for your child, so he doesn’t get the idea that math is hard, right? Many parents come to us and ask us how to make math more fun for their child. With this in mind, I looked around and found a recent article that I thought I’d share with you. So here it is:

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Child Have Fun While Learning Math

1. Daily Home Activities – Target counting and number skills with daily home chores. Ask them to count out forks to set the table, pour from a gallon of milk, equally divide the pizza slices with family members (basic fractions), etc.

2. Driving in Car – You can target basic arithmetic skills on the road. When driving with kids, talk about speed of safe driving, the distance traveled, the mileage the car gets per gallon of gas, and how long it will take to get home.

3. Cooking – Cooking is one of the most math-oriented tasks we do every day. You can hone their measurement of weights and volumes, and time skills with cooking. You can let your children help by asking them to measure exact quantities of the ingredients like- measure three-quarters of a cup of water, 2 cans of cherries. You can also let them be the timekeeper for cooking and making the answer questions like- how much time we should boil and many more.

4. Money – Expose your child to money in her early school years. Have them collect coins in a piggy bank, count them out regularly or when you go to the store, ask your children to determine how much change you will get in quarters and notes. This introduces the basics of numbers children with the help of money.

5. Carpentry with dad – Estimation and measurement of length can be targeted here. House repair work, building new furniture at home gives better idea of measurement. For e.g. 3 feet long wood is required for window. Boys always love this.

6. Outdoor sports games – Rules and scoring of the games like basketball, baseball helps kids understand numbers while they are involved in enjoying the sport.

7. Posters – Post a chart of math facts in your child’s room. Make the posters fun. Times tables can be your target for this activity.

8. Time – Have your child use a watch to tell time. Ask them on spot time, difference between two times and give rewards to motivate them to get it right.

9. Games – From flash cards for learning basic math facts to board games. Games are always the best ways to kids getting involved with numbers from childhood.

10. Online – fun math practice web programs can also reinforce math skills, from arithmetic to algebra. Their interactive interfaces make it easy and fun for kids to practice the math skills learned in school.

Gabhan Reed has been an educator for more than 10 years, and enjoys writing on topics related to parenting and early childhood education. Academically, he holds a MA ( psychology ) combined with PG diploma in Business Management.

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So there you have it! Ten nice and easy ways to make it more fun for your child to learn math! Hope you found this helpful.


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Learning Math Is Hard?

Hmmm – OK – so here is a funny video where some Miss USA delegates were asked if children should learn math or not.



Math is hard.
Beauty pageant parody.


So what do YOU think? Should children learn math or not?  🙂

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Tips To Help Your Child Learn Math

Helping your child to learn math more easily is always something that I like to show parents. So it was with interest that I read this quick article. It is good and so I thought I’d share it with you all to see if maybe it could help you help your child learn math more easily! So here it is:

Top 5 Tips To Teach Math To Kids Effectively

Every parent is aware that math skills is essential for their children’s future. Math will assist in all aspects of life. If Math is educated in incorrect way, children could possibly get bored easily. Listed below are top 5 best tips to teach kids Math effectively.

1- Before teaching Math, be sure they are taught formal logic first. They should be able to think in a logical way using words and real-world situations before it can be applied to abstract concepts like numbers. Failing in this initial step causes kids hard to understand Math, and soon makes them hate Math. They should be taught on how to THINK first.

2- When thinking about the best ways to teach math to kids, age is an important element to consider first. Make sure your teaching module is appropriate for the kids’ age. Toddlers and preschoolers should learn the basic meaning of numbers, means to count things. Early elementary school should concentrate on arithmetic, understanding addition and multiplication tables for single digit numbers. Once they can master these, then move on to algebra, geometry, fractions, decimals, set theory, even calculus, and if possible, introduce the so-called advanced topics as early as possible. At the early stage of teaching advance Math, they just have to see it, they don’t have to understand it. The results will be seen later on, they will easily absorb and understand of topics when they are covered in grades 6-12.

3- Use something in which they can relate to. Try to make it simple yet fun. Also be practical to make them easy to understand. For example, to teach addition or subtraction, use countable food they used to eat. To teach division or fractions use cake.

4- Create fun and cool Math games for kids. Printable Math board games, card games, print and play game worksheets can be found on the internet.

5- Since Math needs a lot of recall skills, having a good memory will be a big advantage on our kids. Improve your kid’s memory by providing him/her number exercises on mental addition or multiplication, recalling dates for instance birthdays or anniversaries or dates for special occasions and making connections to other events that happened or will happen on a particular date. Working out your kid’s memory will truly be an asset at a later time when he has to memorize rules, formula, methods or procedures in resolving mathematical problems or equations.

Teaching Math to kids should always be fun, make sure your kids don’t feel stress when learning Math. Cool Math games for kids can make your kids enjoy learning Math.

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So these are good tips for helping your child learn math, right? Do you have any tips that you’d like to share with our readers? Please share them in the comments section below.

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Help Your Child Learn Math

If your child has a hard time trying to learn math, you might consider using manipulatives. What are manipulatives you ask?

Well don’t let the term scare you. I found an article that will help explain them and also give you some examples of how to utilize them!

Check it out:

Three Easy Ways To Help With Elementary Math

Are you worried about giving adequate help with elementary math to your child? Has your child ever brought home math homework and you have no idea how to assist them? Students no longer learn math the way you and I learned math. They are now exploring, drawing, and developing their own strategies to solve a problem. This leaves many parents in the dark about how to help their child in math. In addition, some people just are not “math people” and therefore feel like they don’t know how to help their child. I am going to give you three easy ways to help with elementary math from home.

Help with Elementary Math Tip #1- One of the easiest ways for a child to learn math concepts is to use manipulatives. Manipulatives are items that your child can move around, group, take away from, add to, etc. These can be anything you have in your house (beans, skittles, grapes, etc.).Manipulatives help children who are struggling in math because they help to bring the problem to life. Your child will now be able to “act out” the story problem, which helps them better understand what they are supposed to do in order to work out the problem or equation.

When children use manipulatives they show the word problem using the manipulatives. For instance, if a child was dividing 72 by 9, he or she would count out 72 beans and then group them into groups of 9. He or she would then count how many groups they have to find their answer. To extend this activity, students can label what they are doing so they can connect the manipulatives with drawings or numbers.

Help with Elementary Math Tip #2- If you don’t have manipulatives at home or if they are completing their work in the car, before baseball practice, or anywhere that manipulatives are not available your child can draw pictures. It might seem too simple to be true, but I have had many experiences where a child was stuck on a problem until they drew a picture and visually saw the problem instead of simply reading it. Drawing pictures of the word problem or equation helps a child see exactly what they are going to do in the problem. They are also able to manipulate the items they are working with, which makes it more fun and meaningful to them.

Drawings work a lot like manipulatives, but students are now strictly using paper and pencil and drawings instead of physically manipulating items. To make this activity more meaningful, your child should label their drawing with numbers, skip counting, or however they are counting the objects in their picture. I always tell my students that anyone should be able to fully understand what they are doing just by looking at their work.

Help with Elementary Math Tip #3- When your child is stuck on a problem try making the numbers smaller. In many cases, children are overwhelmed with big numbers. They see large numbers and automatically think the problem is going to be difficult. Making the numbers smaller doesn’t change the concept, it just makes it easier for them to work through the problem and it gives them confidence that they can complete the problem. Once they can successfully answer the problem with smaller numbers have them try using the bigger numbers. Just remind them to do the same thing with the bigger numbers that they did with the smaller numbers.

Math is a difficult subject for many children. A lot of times they come home and you just don’t know how to help them. Some of the best ways you can help your child succeed in math is to let them use manipulatives, have them draw pictures, and to change the numbers in the problem. They can use one or all of these strategies on the same problem. Utilizing these three easy tips with your child will help with elementary math skills and get them started on the path towards excellence in math.

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How To Make Learning Math Easy

Most of the time when you ask a child about learning math, they’ll usually respond that it’s hard. Some respond that they’re just not good at math. But did you know that with you’re help, you can make it a little easier for them to learn math? Yes, you can! Check out this article that James Tomas wrote.

Making Math Easy

 Math can be a difficult subject for many children, and often, children struggle in school simply because they do not understand the basic concepts of mathematics. If your child is struggling with this subject, and you want some suggestions for help on math, then you have come to the right place. If you take a proactive approach to your child’s learning needs, you can make math much easier for them. Just consider the following suggestions.

First, remember that school subjects are often considered not fun or even boring. Your child may be struggling with math simply because he or she feels like being in math class is torment. To get your child more interested in the subjects, look for ways to make it fun. Create math based games that will be exciting learning experiences. This is a good way to keep a child’s attention and help them learn without them feeling the normally drudgery of study.

Second, math can easily be taught in everyday situations. You do not have to sit down with a child at a kitchen table to study the subject. When your child needs help on math, look for real life scenarios to help them learn. For example, take them along to the grocery store and let them use a notepad to add up the cost of different grocery items that you are buying. When you purchase something at a convenience store, have the child try to determine how much change you got back from your cash payment. There are many real life scenarios that can easily implement help on math for your child.

Third, remember that illustrating something or making it hands on is a much easier way for children to learn. If you put a math problem on paper, the child may struggle. However, if you make it come to life, they may find it easier to learn. For instance, on a basic level, have the child add or subtract actual items like fruit in the kitchen, books or videos in the living room, or pebbles in the back yard. Bringing math to life gives a better illustration for a child to learn.

Many children struggle with math. If your child needs help on math, remember that you can give them that help. Just keep in mind that you need to make the subject more fun and interesting. You also need to use real life scenarios and illustrations to teach them the subject.

By: James Tomas

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So you now know what to do to take some of the difficulty out of learning math for your children!

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