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Math And The Kinesthetic Learner

Is your child a kinesthetic learner?

Not sure what a kinesthetic learner is?

I hadn’t heard the term before, but I received an e-mail from nannypro.com and they asked if I would like to share an article they had posted. After reading through it, I thought it was good and that you might also like to read it!

 

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How to Help Your Kinesthetic Learner Do Better in School

Children who are kinesthetic learners learn best when they are moving, which can become a problem in classrooms where students are required to sit all day. Sitting still can be difficult for kinesthetic learners, and they may get into trouble in class because they are constantly moving around or interacting with other students.  This disruptive behavior isn’t because these children are badly behaved or not as smart as their peers, it’s simply because these types of learners need to constantly be on the move.  By using techniques designed specifically for kinesthetic learners, you can help them learn more quickly and do better in school.

Talk to your child’s teacher.  Make sure that the teacher agrees that your child is a kinesthetic learner.  If you and the teacher are in agreement about how your child learns best, discuss options that will help her do better in school.  The teacher may have several suggestions, so let her explain what she can do, or already does, to accommodate the kinesthetic learners in her class.

Suggest that your child be allowed to stand.  Small changes such as standing instead of sitting can help your child focus better in class.  During a period where the teacher may be explaining something for an extended period of time see if the teacher will allow her to stand in the back of the room.

Provide manipulatives to use during math work.  When she can use her hands to touch and stack the manipulatives during a math lesson she will be better able to grasp the concept.  Using a visual aid helps visual learners in addition to kinesthetic ones, so it’s worth asking if your school can purchase manipulatives for the class.

See if your child can look at a map or globe during social studies.  By touching a map or a globe during a lesson that pertains to a specific area of the country or the world, a kinesthetic learner will be better able to understand the lesson.  Kinesthetic learners are also known as tactile learners because they learn best when they perform hands-on activities.  Social studies may not be the only time when a map or globe can be used, any subject where a particular location is mentioned would be an appropriate time to bring out a globe.

Do experiments at home to reinforce particular concepts.  With your teacher’s help you can do hands-on activities at home that will help reinforce what she is learning in school.  Many times the books that teachers use to make their lesson plan will include a hands-on experiment, however there may not be the time or budget for the teacher to do all of the experiments in class. Instead of skipping them all together, she can tell you what they are so that you can do them at home with your child.

Take a field trip.  Involve the whole family in the learning experience by taking a field trip to a place that ties into what your kinesthetic learner is doing in class.  For instance, if she is learning about ancient Egypt, take her to the museum and let her look at actual artifacts from Egypt.  When your child can walk around and see and touch items she will better understand what her teacher is talking about.

Help your child remember facts by doing role plays.  Act out a scene from her history lesson to help her understand and remember important facts or dates.  Role playing often works better than simply trying to memorize dates and names.  Combining the movement of acting with the facts that need to be remembered is a technique that can help your kinesthetic learner.

Play games on the computer for spelling.  Any time a kinesthetic learner can put what she’s heard into practice, she’ll be better able to learn and retain information.  There are many games available online that your child can play to practice spelling or math facts, so it’s beneficial to take advantage of these resources to help your child remember pertinent information.

Suggest that your child point to each word as she is reading.  She may not need to point to the words to be able to read them, but the action of pointing to each word will help her better comprehend what she is reading.  You can also have her read out loud while she is standing at the table.  Incorporating some kind of movement is often all it takes to make the information click for her.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help your kinesthetic learner do better in school.  Make sure that your child takes frequent breaks while studying and encourage her to do jumping jacks or some other form of physical activity during her breaks.  These techniques will help her retain more of what she is learning, improve her ability to focus, and help her do better in school.

 

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You can find the original article here:  http://www.nannypro.com/blog/how-to-help-your-kinesthetic-learner-do-better-in-school/

I hope this helps you if your child is a kinesthetic learner and needs some help to learn math!

Let me know what you think about this?

Thanks and have a great day!

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How To Help Your Child Learn Math

If you’re not real sure of how to go about helping your child learn elementary math, here’s a good article I found that I’d like to share with you!
 

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.

 

By: Bethann Baker

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Hope this helps you. Remember that your children learn from watching you! So be positive and show them that learning math is something to enjoy!

Have a great day.
 

 

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Must A Child Be Gifted to Learn Math?

You’ve probably heard the expression from time to time that this child is “gifted” in math. Is that really what has helped the child learn math or could it be something else?

I was reading an article at ezine articles.com which discusses this topic. I’m posting it here for your consideration.

The Act of Learning Math
By Etan Savir 

What is learning math all about? What’s the basic idea we need to help our children be successful in math? What’s the secret to math ability?

In the United States, most people, most teachers, most students, believe that learning math is about developing understanding of certain concepts of principles.

There is a pervasive belief that a certain type of innate math ability, the much desired trait of “Being Good at Learning Math,” is the key to success. And the lack of it is the cause of frustration and failure in this subject.

But nothing could be farther from the truth.

Just Like Riding a Bike
Think of teaching a child to ride a bike. What are the conditions for success? There are three.

First, the child needs to have already mastered a set of motor skills that are prerequisite to riding the bike. He or she needs to be able to walk and run already, so that the strength and endurance to turn the peddles are in place. He or she needs the gross motor coordination to hold the handles tight, peddle, and turn the head a bit, all at the same time. He or she needs enough sense of balance so that the potential to stay up is there. So, we need prerequisite skills.

Second, we need developmental readiness. There’s a point in maturity when the child is ready and able to put it together to make the step of taking off the training wheels.

Third, we need some kind of technique to help the child to get going. An approach that will make it relatively easy to get started. A system that will make failure less likely. Like taking the child to an open level place without cars. Like running along holding the back of the bike, gradually letting go for longer and longer. Like keeping up the words of encouragement.

What about the screaming, the tears, the spending weeks or months over it? Probably the child simply wasn’t ready for it. It’s like picking cherries: when they’re ready, they come right off in your hand. If you have to pull hard, it’s because they’re not ready yet.

But What About Natural Math Ability?
What about natural ability? OK, a very coordinated child might learn very young. Might teach himself. Who knows? Think you can look at a bunch of ten year olds, twenty year olds, thirty year olds … and tell who learnt to ride at four or five or six?

I doubt it.

With unusual talent, the child can learn faster, easier, a bit younger. But none of this is likely to matter much in the long run.

With the developed skills in place and an OK teaching technique, really almost anyone can learn to ride.

What About Mastering Concepts?
What about the concepts? You think the child understand how the bike works? I only do in a vague way myself? I’m sure I don’t understand why it’s easier to balance when you’re going faster than when you’re going slower. You really don’t need to understand “the why and the how” to be able to do it.

Natural ability makes it easier, but isn’t the main thing. Conceptual understanding isn’t the main thing. The main thing is sound prerequisite skills, developmental readiness, and some sensible approaches to instruction.

Now here’s the scary part. Most math students in our schools are hitting the material without the necessary prerequisite skills, without developmental readiness, and without satisfactory approaches to education. This is pattern of math education is what is really behind the current “math anxiety” crisis in American schools.

Etan Savir is a 15-year math educator, math curriculum consultant, math textbook contributor, and currently the math department chairman at a K-12 college prep school in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.

He is also the editor of http://www.sensible-math-education.com, a web site devoted to helping parents understand the fundamental math skills their children should master in each grade and math course. “So many parents just don’t know what their children should learn in math. Once they have that figured out, helping their child achieve math education success is much easier.”

So there you have Etan’s view on the subject. He raised some interesting points. So do you agree that learning math is similar to learning how to ride a bicycle? And must we have the “prerequisites” in place to make the process successful?

I tend to agree with him. It seems that in today’s world the children are being forced to learn advanced math at a much younger age and we’re seeing children with many misunderstandings and frustrations in math. What do you think?

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