Category: reasons to learn math

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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Learn Math The Right Way – Crawl Walk Run

Lots of folks complain that it isn’t easy to learn math, but I found this article that may just help explain why some folks think it’s hard!

Learning Math is Difficult For Many People – Knowing Why Can Make Mathematics Easy and a Lot of Fun
by Isabel Ambrocio

Mathematics is a language, but it can not be learned the same way most languages are learned. Mathematical principles and concepts must be learned in a specific order. Much like the way we learned to walk. When we were learning to walk we found that we had to crawl first, if we went too fast and tried to stand or walk before we were ready we fell and got a boo boo. The same is true for math, except if we jump ahead of our selves or miss something along the way, we don’t fall and get a boo boo, we begin to believe that we are just no good at it.

To prove my point about the need to learn mathematical concepts and principles in a particular order, most City Colleges around America have elementary to high school level math classes that are offered to students that don’t have the required college level skills in mathematics needed to enter the college system. So the problem is real and recognized by Authoritative Institutions. Mathematical concepts need to be learned in a particular order no matter how intelligent you are. Trying to become proficient in mathematics by learning random bits and pieces will be very difficult if not impossible. Each level in mathematics requires a working knowledge of all the prior levels.

Because Mathematics is a language, you also need to immerse yourself in solving math problems to become proficient. Doing this is a lot easier these days with the aid of the Internet and calculators that do symbolic manipulation. Spending at least one to four hours a day working math problems, everyday, will develop and reinforce the skills needed to become proficient in math. Why so much time? To build, what I like to call, brain circuits.

Solving a problem requires a number of steps to be taken by the brain. Simply put, to solve “1+1=2” the brain needs to look at each character and then calculate what actions to take. If this is the first time attempting to solve this type of equation the brain has not connected up the wires or developed the circuits yet, it resorts back to circuits it has used in the past when attempting to do new things. Try writing with your other hand. Most will find it very difficult. That’s because the brain has not developed the circuits yet to perform the task. As the brain creates and hard-wires the correct circuits used to solve the mathematical problems your working on your mathematical abilities will grow, and as a side benefit, those same circuits will aid in other brain functions. But like everything in nature, the brain is very conservative.

The brain is not going to create and hook up circuits unless there is a real need for them. You need to let the brain know you mean business. The way you do this is by forcing the brain to work on math problems. The brain does not like change, so it will produce chemicals that will make this uncomfortable for you. You must fight back and continue. Soon the brain’s own need to be conservative will require it to build the circuits needed to more efficiently solve these problems. Result, you get better. And if you do things right and stick with it, the brain will become proud of these new circuits it has built and begin to produce chemicals that will make you feel real good. In the beginning it will be hard, but after a bit you’ll enjoy the brains reward. Video game developers have learned how to trigger these chemicals in the brain via their software. That’s why kids will spend hours, even days, in front of a monitor pushing buttons on a game pad.

Building circuits in the brain takes a lot of hard work and time. It took all of us years to learn to walk, talk, write, and perform many other abilities we take for granted. We learned most of these abilities when we were very young. It was called play time. It was fun, exiting and we couldn’t wait to get started. We also had many examples to draw from, people were walking, talking and doing things that helped us see how others performed these tasks we were trying to do. Not true with math. There’s the math book from school, well people with the IQ of a thousand don’t seem to have a problem with it so who am I to complain?

We learn best by example. Here’s the dilemma, there are not too many TV shows dedicated to mathematical problem solving. There are not even too many math courses dedicated to mathematical problem solving. There’s a teacher going at the speed of light spewing out concepts and principles while you try to listen and write at the same time. That’s not the best learning environment for mathematics. Thank God math is so easy or we’d be in trouble. Maybe it’s not you, you may have the makings of a brilliant mathematician, but have never been in a suitable situation to learn.

Solution, look at the answers to as many problem as possible and see how those answers were found. Use the Internet to study ahead of your class, so you’ll know whats being talked about when your instructor buzzes by at the speed of light with new concepts and principles. Remember, one missed item, principle or concept and you won’t be prepared for the next level. It’s very possible that your very good at math, it may be that the tools and road map to learn are missing.

Most problems encountered in learning upper level math come from not fully understanding elementary math. Algebra requires proficiency in elementary math, calculus requires proficiency in both elementary math and algebra. Most kids in elementary school can’t see the importance of math, so they lack the effort. Kid in high school don’t have time for math, so they do the minimum to get by. Then these young men and women, now ready to enter college, feel they are just no good at math, so they opt for other majors. Has a future Einstein been lost to this chain of events.

Take all this into account when learning math and you will find that mathematics is easy and fun. You may have to start at the beginning to find those concepts or principles you missed but you’ll find it pays off as you develop those mathematical skills with easy. But be careful, once you start discovering new things in the universe with your newly developed mathematical skills the brain chemical awards you will receive can become very addictive.

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So there you have it! Now you know that t’s not really hard to learn math! So go get ’em!

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“Why Do I Need To Learn Math?”

If you’re a teacher or a parent, you’ve probably heard this question before! Chances are good that as a student you even asked this question yourself. 

Apparently JoLynn Colbert heard this question many times and decided to write a nice article to provide the answer for all of us who have had or heard this question. The article can be found at EzineArticles.com and is shown here for your pleasure.

Why Do We Have To Learn Math? Discover 6 Good Reasons
 
Students will often pose frustrating questions of various types to teachers or parents. Frequently, these questions are not really questions at all, but more of a whining complaint accompanied with the motive to waste time or sidetrack the teachers lesson plan. Some of your most spontaneous, off the cuff, answers may include: ” Because I said so,” or; “Because we are having a test tomorrow.” These words may slip out of our mouths even though we aware that these responses are inadequate. Sometimes however, the question is a legitimate one. A question we may have even asked ourselves from time to time. “Why do we have to learn math?” Below are a list of 6 good reasons to learn math. Also included is a possible assignment to give students to help them learn the reasons.

1. Simple math concepts build on themselves. We need simple math concepts to work into more advanced math concepts. Even if you get a job working with people, you will very likely still need math. Advanced math is needed for a near infinite list of many popular careers such as: 

Computer fields

Finance and banking

Plumber

Electrician

Mechanic

Sales

Clothing designer

Business manager

Builder

(fill in the blank)

Jobs for unskilled labor are becoming harder and harder to come by. Getting a good job with good pay will depend on your special skills that not everyone can offer. Math is one of those skills. Even if your job involves working mainly with people, it is very likely you will still have to use math. Learn math and get the job of your dreams.

2. Math is needed when you must decide how to create the very best arrangement for furniture, equipment for large groups of people at work or for a special occasion at home. Simple math concepts such as multiplying fractions and manipulating ratios make it easy to adjust cooking recipes to the number of people you want to serve. Learn math and make your personal life function better.

3. Math can help you create art. Not only will you want to get the correct sizes and color mixtures, math is used in almost every aspect of art. Major universities offer an entire class called “Mathematics in Art and Architecture”. Techniques like tiling, tessellation, perspective, pattern, and symmetry are some of the concepts used in art that require the use of math. Make yourself and your world more beautiful. Learn math.

4. People will often try to make you to believe something that isn’t true and may use math that seem to prove what they say. If you know how to check the math, you can steer clear of being the fool. the shady business of using math to lie is the subject of a classic book, “How to Lie With Statistics” by the author Darrell Huff. Written some 50 years ago, most of the deceptive math tricks described in his book are still being used on a regular basis. Even if someone is not trying to deceive you, it is possible that an error was made. For example: A laboratory test may show that a person has a particular disease. If mathematical errors were made in the analysis, the person may not have the disease at all. It is important to be able to understand any information that comes to you with a claim of “mathematical proof”. Don’t be fooled. Learn math.

5. Math is essential in personal finance issues and budgeting. In your personal life, you may use math to plan how budget your money. On the job you may need to plan how your company will spend money. Learn math and grow rich.

6. Learning math and solving problems is a mental exercise that improves your general thinking ability. It is like exercise for your brain. Want to become smarter in every way? Learn math.

It should be obvious that there are many more than 6 good reasons to learn math. The next time a math student asks you “Why do we have to learn this” make this simple assignment:

Read this article and write one unique paragraph on “Why should we learn math?”

To your success and prosperity,
JoLynn Colbert

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So there you have it! A very good article and your explanation as to why you (and your children) need to learn math!

Until next time – make sure you get your share of pi

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