Category: Encouragement and learning math

Can You Make It Easier For Your Child To Learn Math?

Quite often our children struggle with learning math. It’s easy to blame their teachers in school, but perhaps there is something that YOU can do to help your child learn math. I found this article by Edgar Callanan on ezine articles and wanted to share it with you. With a little “out of the box” thinking, your child may find it much easier to learn math! Check it out!

The Role of Parents in Helping Their Child Learn Math Easily

By Edgar Callanan

Children have often found math to be a challenging, and sometimes, downright impossible to manage subject. This has led to the development of the notion that math is a thing to be loathed and avoided at all costs. The irony in this has been that the proponents of this fallacy are in fact trying to cover up their lack of understanding of mathematics by saying that it is a torturous subject by default. Math is a wondrous branch of knowledge that has provided concrete backing for the theorems and laws of almost all branches of science. Mathematical expression, followed by relevant mathematical laws, has become a much preferred strategy to prove or disprove a proposed theory.

However, the importance of mathematics, the way it has been described above, is not the best way to encourage a child to learn the subject, not by a long shot. The best way to inspire a child to do anything is to make it interesting. Parents have been advised by educational consultants that the optimal way to make a child learn math is to provide activities such as flashcards and educational puzzles to pique their kid’s interest in the subject. These days, this has been made especially easy because of all the online mathematical challenges and games available for students of all ages – not only will this help your child grasp the concepts of mathematics easily, but it has been proven to be a great way to boost their IQ as well. Ideally, parents have been recommended to sit with their children when they are doing these activities, and assist, encourage and reward them as needed – a little bit of attention and appreciation from a parent can go a long way in encouraging a child to do something and bolstering their confidence.

Parents have also been advised to keep a close eye on the academic progress of their child in the subject. Children whose parents have sat with them while they are doing their homework, or preparing for a test, have shown vastly improved results. If your child is having difficulty in grasping a concept, make a sincere effort to remove their confusion and clear their mind, and if this isn’t manageable, try to procure the assistance of a professional tutor for the subject, or at the very least, a friend or relative who is good at mathematics. Aside from clearing the child’s concept, this will also increase their confidence when they realize that their parents are there to help them overcome their academic difficulties – the knowledge that there is a reliable expert who can help them get past their educational hurdles has been proven to improve a child’s ability to learn the concepts of any subject, not just mathematics.

Lastly, parents have been emphatically advised by psychiatrists and education experts to never discourage or criticize their child when they make a mistake in the process of learning – it is a sure shot way to seriously impair their child’s ability to learn anything in the future.
It is the duty of parents to ensure that their child does well in studies, and by following the advice presented above, they can certainly help their child out in math.

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So as you can see, sometimes just a little attention can go a long way! If however, your child needs more help than that little bit of attention, we are here to help! Please check us out at:

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Wealthy Families And Good Students

I found a very interesting article which I thought I’d share with you.

Wealthy Families Secret To Groom Brilliant Students

 
Let’s face it!!! Our children are judged based on their grade point average and their performance on standardized test such as ACT/ SAT. Our children’s high school and college admissions are based on those credentials. As parents, we invest money in sophisticated desktop/ laptop computers to give them access to the worldwide web. We establish home offices, libraries and structured areas to encourage daily homework and studying. We believe constant studying and attention to homework will groom our children to brilliant status and give them impeccable credentials. To a certain extent, we are correct. Homework and study skills lay the basic foundation for school success as high grade point averages flow from high test scores.

Memory skills and repetition is the key to high grade point averages; however, they are not the key to brilliance on standardized test. Standardized test, such as California Achievement Test (CAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), assumes students are exposed to different cultures, climates, countries and experiences at least 10 times before reaching 10th grade. Students who perform the best on standardized test have exposure to diverse experiences. What better way to gain this exposure than a vacation to another city, state, country or continent!!!!!

Wealthy families have always known that trips, getaways and vacations are the secret to grooming brilliant students. Family vacations are an opportunity for students to apply all their classroom knowledge quickly. The average vacation is three to seven days. Some wealthy families are known to vacation up to 45 days on multiple continents. Nevertheless, most families are on a limited timeframe requiring them to make quick decisions regarding currency exchange, climate differences, navigation of city, etc.

These decisions while extremely practical require the use of mathematics, science, geography, social studies and reading. Unconsciously, students are immersed into lessons fueled by sheer excitement and curiosity.

Imagine how productive the lesson would become if a family vacation evolves around a classroom lesson. Children learn lessons at a faster pace. For example, a train trip to an Indian Reservation in Arizona/ New Mexico really solidifies a lesson on Native American History.

I know you are thinking “I don’t have the money for vacation as travel is too expensive.” Under normal circumstances and full prices, travel can be extremely expensive. However, prices drop substantially September 7 through November 20 as this time period is considered the travel slow season. Other lesser known slow seasons are December 1 through December 20, January 3 through February 1 and 2 weeks after Passover/Easter through May 20.

Combine slow season discounts with internet discounts, a family can experience the world at the fraction of cost of your holiday (Christmas, Hanukah, and Ramadan) gift fund. “I spent $1500 dollars for a 3 day vacation in Nassau, Bahamas. That cost included air travel to Miami for 3 people and a cruise to Bahamas. Since food was include, the trip was relatively inexpensive,“ states Ida Byrd-Hill, a parent of 7th grade twins, Kevin and Karen Hill who attend Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art (a Detroit Public School). “My children learned about world colonization, but better yet they learned about opportunities as they met the Bahamian Governess, a woman of African descent. I am glad I was able to find that trip on the web. as Karen scored 96 percentile on the Social Studies portion of the California Achievement Test and Kevin scored 87 percentile on the Science portion of the California Achievement Test ” states Byrd-Hill.

Great deals can be found on the internet by booking at least 14 days or even 21 days in advance. There are also websites that specialize in last minute travel. Often these trips (air/ hotel combos) are for a weekend departing the same week you book the vacation or the next weekend. Since there are so many travel websites on the internet it pays to spend some time price comparing. There are websites, that allow individuals to surf many of the top websites and not so well known sites to compare vacation pricing.

If you want to groom your children into brilliant students, improve their grades and performance on standardized test, implement the secret wealthy families have known for generations – Take a Family Vacation.

Good Trip!!! Bon Voyage!!! Viaje Bueno!!! Arrivaderci!!! Viaggio Buono!!! Gut Tschus!!!

By: Ida Byrd-Hill

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 Ida B. Byrd-Hill is the President of Uplift Inc.and www.livinginstyleonline.com. She was the President of The Harvard Group Wealth Management L.L.C. for 10 years. She has served as guest columnist for the Michigan Front Page for 2 years and a speaker for the Better Investing television show hosted by David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber.

Now I’m sure that we all can’t go on a vacation to reinforce each lesson our child learns, but it might prove a useful concept for your planning our next vacation!

What do you think? 

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Is There Such A Thing As A Math Genius?

We all have our things that we’re good at right? What about math? Are you good at math? Could you sit down for 5 hours straight and recite each succeeding number of pi up into the 22,000 digit range – all from memory?

If your name was Daniel Tammet you could!

Check out this video of a true math genius!

Math Genius

Wow! Now that’s a true math genius!

Have a great day in math!

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Do You Have To Be Smart To Learn Math?

Some people believe that “smart” people should learn math easily. Is that something you believe?

Well if you do, you need to read this article that I found on ezine-articles.com!

I Know My Child Is Smart, So Why Can’t He Learn Math?
By Shirley Slick

The good news and short answer to the question: He can learn math! What needs to happen to make your child successful depends on the age of your child and the time and effort you and your child are willing to invest.

This pattern of children, who are successful in other areas, struggling with math is very common. And, unfortunately, it seems that there is not much being done to change this pattern. There is promise for the future in some relatively new brain research that has shown us that babies are actually born with an innate number sense just as they are born with an innate language sense. In addition, we have learned that the critical years for laying the foundation for logic and math success is ages 1 to 4. This runs contrary to what has historically happened with the education of our children. What has always been assumed is that parents of pre-school aged children would actually take on the task of helping their children with learning to walk, talk, develop language, and lay the foundation for reading and writing. At the same time, the child is receiving almost constant encouragement and reinforcement with the associated development of positive self-concept. Both parent and child just know the ability to learn is in place.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in mathematics. Until this new research, which is still unknown by most people, the assumption was that young children were not capable of learning mathematics; so parents did little more than introducing counting. And no one has ever expected any more. The result is that children are not getting the pre-school foundation and confidence that is necessary for future success in math. When these children enter school, they are quickly overwhelmed with the amount of new material presented with absolutely no foundation on which to build. The pace of new material increases as children move through school. Since they have no ingrained confidence in their own ability to learn they lack the persistence to keep trying for success. By the time these children reach high school and Algebra, the 50% failure rate becomes understandable–not acceptable–but understandable.

So what do we need to do for your child? Unfortunately, once your child is in school, that critical period of ages 1 to 4 has already been missed. This doesn’t mean things are hopeless. It just means that it will take more effort to overcome the weaknesses. My recommendations need to all be happening at the same time. First, you need to hire a tutor who specializes in assessment and skill repair. As the parent, you need to discuss with the entire family unit–aunts, uncles, grandparents–all the people who worked so diligently during the pre-school years to reinforce all of your child’s accomplishments with language to continue doing the same thing with math. Everyone in the family unit needs to be constantly reinforcing every success with math and also stressing the importance of mathematics to the child’s future. School, education, and mathematics all need to be talked about in positive terms. This is often the most difficult thing to do because so many adults had bad experiences with math for exactly the same reasons. We need to break the cycle. If your feelings about math are negative, then you will need to practice some positive talk.

It is appropriate to explain to your child about the new research into when the mathematics foundation should be started, stressing that you were a victim of this lack of information as well. But constantly stress to your child that you know that he/she is capable of learning. With a tutor working on skill repair and confidence building as well as family members showing an interest in your child’s success and stressing your child’s ability to learn, you should start seeing a turn to the positive very soon. The younger the child, the quicker this will happen. If your child is in high school, a turn around will take much longer but it is possible. The key really is your confidence in your child’s ability to learn. Frequently remind your child about the difficulty of learning to walk and talk and read and write. Your child mastered these, so learning anything really is possible. I hope it goes without saying that you must always be reinforcing your child’s accomplishments and never be critical of your child or punish results.

If your child is struggling with math when other subjects have not been problematic, then you really can turn things around pretty quickly. But it is important to start immediately. Include your child in every discussion and interviewing tutors. Make sure they understand that these efforts are to make their future better. Older kids sometimes resent this as intrusion and won’t cooperate. If your child is not cooperative, then you will be wasting your money. You may need to work on confidence building before you can work on skill repair. You cannot force an older child to want to learn. All you can do is your best. For older kids keep stressing that success is possible if your child chooses to succeed; and that you will help in every way you can.

Shirley Slick, “The Slick Tips Lady,” is a retired high school math teacher and tutor with degrees in Mathematics and Psychology and additional training in brain-based learning/teaching. Her goals: (1) to help parents help their children with math, (2) to help eliminate the horrendous Algebra failure rate, and (3) to inform the general public about problematic issues related to the field of education. For your free copy of “10 Slick Tips for Improving Your Child’s Study Habits,” visit her website at http://myslicktips.com/

So there you have it – just because you and/or your child are considered smart does not necessarily mean that you will learn math easily.

However, a little persistence and the correct steps will help to ensure that math is successfully learned.

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Use Money To Help Learn Math

Math and money seem to go together, don’t they? After all, if you can’t count, how will you know what to give the cashier at the store? And how will you know if you’ve received the correct change?

Too often we short change our children (pun intended) by not giving them a good education about money. This article I found on GoArticles.com written by Stacy may help give you ideas on how to remedy the lack of proper education concerning money which we provide for our children. 

A Best Lesson You Can Teach To Your Child – Knowing About Money 

Many good lessons in life are learned as a child. Reading, writing, arithmetic are on the list that a child should learn, and personal finance isn’t included.

As an adult, you know that money is a part of your daily life. You use money to buy things that you and your family need and want, such as foods, paying rents or mortgage, clothes, taking vacation, or paying for any health care you and your children take. Teaching your kids about how to use money wisely and budgeting and making sound fiscal decisions are important and helpful in their future life.

You can start talking about money with your children as early as age 3. When you take them to the store and buy something, you can explain to them that you earn money so that you can buy things you want. You can also show them that while you are handing money to the sales (or to the machine sometimes), you’ll get something in return.

From toddlerhood through adulthood, you can show and teach them about the value of money and how to use it in their everyday life. Since using money will involves many skills such as saving, making choices, setting priorities, delaying gratification, sharing, interacting with others, and some math skills, it is much important for you to teach them whatever they want depending on his age and experience.

For example, you can give your children some pocket money to let them buy something on their own, and tell them what they can do with this money. Or you can also pick a day (a birthday, for example) to give your child an annual raise, so as to increase her responsibilities as you increase her allowance.

When your children is getting between 11 and 14 years old, you can start talking about long term goals, such as saving for college or a car. You may consider opening a saving account for your children and work with them to make deposits and keep track of savings as they grow.

Saving is an important part of learning how to manage money. It’s about telling your children to learn about how to plan, develop patience, and learn how to delay gratification to get what they want. For example, when you give your child an allowance, tell them that they can save some or all of the money, and decide when (once a month or so, for example) the saved money can be spent on something special.

Investments are also an important part in managing the money. Teach them about the correlation between risk and reward. Let your children know that risk can lead to large losses, and tell them about investing risk tolerance, and careful assessment of the risk. Show your children the way that they can use to search investments and come to decisions about those investments. Some good choices would be companies that your children are familiar with, such as Disney, or a favorite restaurant. Point out stories on the chosen investments and discuss impacts on the performance of the investments.

You can also tell them they can find a part-time job to get their own earnings when they are 16 to 18 years old. At this time, you can let your children to make investments all by themselves. When your child enters college, you can give him or her a credit card, and discuss with him or her how to use it responsibly. Determine together what expenses you will pay for and what he or she must pay for. If you want the card only be used in emergencies, make that clear.

Teaching your children about money can benefit them in both short and long term. Let your children help you determine how to teach them, rather than deciding all by yourself. Earning money, savings, and investments are all parts of financial planning. You should teach them all.

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 So there you have it!  Another reason to help your child learn math!

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Learning Math Through Encouragement

Don’t you just love it when you get a pat on the back or an “atta-boy/girl”? If you’re like most people, you do!  So it makes sense then that your child also likes to receive compliments and affirmations of a job well done. This in turn can spur them on to doing better in all aspects of their life.

This article I found at GoArticles.com will help you with learning how to encourage your young learners and also help them to learn math more easily!  Enjoy.

How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Learning Abilities   
by Eugenio McCarthy

Here are some ways you can encourage your child to work hard and be a curious and active learner:

* Praise and celebrate your child’s efforts and accomplishments. Focus on how much she wanted to do a good job and how hard she worked. Praise your child for trying hard and sticking with it. The effort is even more important than the final grade. Praise and celebrate every child in your family all year long–not just when report cards come out. Display your child’s papers and artwork on the refrigerator. Tell your child how wonderful her work is.

* Read often to your child and encourage your child to read. Your child is never too young for you to read aloud to him. Your child is never too old to listen to you read aloud. The more your child reads, the better prepared he will be to handle harder and harder schoolwork as he moves up the grades.

* Be interested in all the questions that your child asks. Try to answer or talk about those questions, even if you feel busy or tired. Whenever you can, take the time to help your child find the answers to questions–by looking in books, by asking an “expert,” by figuring it out.

* Take trips to the public library. Make friends with the librarians. Ask the librarian to help you find the best and most interesting books for your child.

* Plan family outings to museums, zoos, parks, and historical places. Going somewhere interesting doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A trip to an interesting place gives adults and children of different ages lots to talk about, read about, and tell others about. Do projects around the home together. Carpentry, cooking, sewing, gardening, fixing things, painting, and arts and crafts all offer opportunities to learn. Your child gets to use her own ideas and learn new skills. “I made it!” and “I fixed it!” are exciting statements for a child to make.

* Limit the amount of TV your child watches. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents limit their children’s TV viewing to one to two hours of good shows a day. The AAP also recommends that families take advantage of interesting programs offered on video. Often you can borrow excellent videos from the public library for free.

* Be curious and show an interest in learning yourself. If you don’t know how to spell a word, let your child see you look it up in the dictionary. If you have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar or piano, start taking lessons when your child begins music lessons.

* Talk with your children about news events, politics, and topics your child may be studying at school. Encourage your child to voice his opinions. Children who participate in mealtime or family conversations with parents are more likely to be successful in talking with teachers and other adults.

* Encourage your child to make handmade gifts and cards. Your child might write poems to thank your relatives for presents, or to wish them a happy birthday. Drawings are good gifts, too. Grandma will enjoy receiving a handmade gift from her grandchild.

* Involve your child in family decisions. Let your child help plan meals for the week. Talk about the travel time and the cost of tickets for an upcoming visit to see relatives. Help your child use her ideas and math skills to help with household tasks. She can write lists and check off jobs when they are done.

* Have high expectations for your child. Everyone can be successful in school. Give that message to your child again and again. Say, “I know that studying for that history test is hard work. I know you can do it!” Explain that when the work is hard, you have to try hard.

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