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Math Is No Pi In The Sky

So as I was reading through some math articles, I ran across this one and the article’s title intrigued me. After reading it, I thought you might like to as well!

Learn Math Through Poetry

Since mathematics as a whole is a difficult subject to learn, maybe different  approaches are needed to enhance the teaching of this discipline.  Certainly the  hands-on method gives students a tactile perspective to the inner workings of  this subject, while the real-life applications approach lets students see and  understand how mathematics is actually used in life and in different worldly  settings.  Could poetry be another approach through which to teach and learn  this most fascinating subject?

There is an interesting story behind the creation of my work Poems for  the Mathematically Insecure.  While I was tutoring one of my learning  disabled students, he asked me to do something for him for pi day.  For those of  you who do not know, pi day is March 14 of any year (March 14 is 3/14) and the  decimal approximation to the famous mathematical constant known as pi is 3.14.   Every year in schools across the country, math teachers like students to do some  special project involving the number pi.

While sitting there tutoring him, I asked him if he would like me to put  together a poem on pi.   He naturally said yes, and while he worked on some  practice examples I gave him, I sat there and hammered out the lines to a poem  which would be called Wonderful Pi.   I decided to keep a copy for myself  to use in my classrooms the next day, assigning one volunteer in each class to  read the poem aloud.  Because the poem was well received, I decided to write  some others.

What came out of this experience was the idea to write a collection of math  poems–some humorous, some witty, some pedagogical–which would both teach and  entertain the reader.  Thus during the summer of 2003, I worked on the novel  collection of verse called Poems for the Mathematically Insecure.   In this collection, the reader finds the humorous Help, Please Help,  Teacher! and the instructive Chief SOHCAHTOA, the latter of which  teaches the basics of trigonometry in a torrent of rhyming verse.  There is even  the classic, How Can This Be?, which proves in verse in a manner that  anyone can understand, the famous fact that the real numbers between 0 and 1 are  more numerous than all the counting numbers put together.   Now how’s that for  teaching math in a novel manner!

The textbook approach to learning mathematics definitely has its place in the  classroom.  Indeed there is a limit and some restrictions to what math can be  learned from poetry, but these limitations are mostly imposed by the confines of  our minds.  As educators, we must constantly look for new and interesting ways  to pique our students’ interest, and manners in which to break through learning  barriers.   Learning math through poetry just might be an instructive way to  accomplish these objectives.  And who knows?  We might churn out some good poets  as well as good mathematicians.  What an interesting thought.

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Joe is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and an  award-winning former teacher of both college and high school mathematics.    Under the penname, JC Page, Joe authored  Arithmetic Magic, the  little classic on the ABC’s of arithmetic.  Joe is also author of the charming  self-help ebook, Making a Good Impression Every Time: The Secret to  Instant Popularity; the original collection of poetry, Poems for  the Mathematically Insecure, and the short but highly effective fraction  troubleshooter Fractions for the Faint of Heart.   The diverse  genre of his writings (novel, short story, essay, script, and  poetry)—particularly in regard to its educational flavor— continues to captivate  readers and to earn him recognition.

Joe propagates his teaching philosophy through his articles and books and is  dedicated to helping educate children living in impoverished countries.  Toward  this end, he donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every ebook. For  more information go to [http://www.mathbyjoe.com]

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So …. how is your poetry? 😉

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More Ways To Have Fun While Learning Math

If you can find a way to bring fun to learning math, half of the battle is over. I’ve tried many different ideas and have looked at different resources to help children have fun while they learn math. So I wanted to share a good article that I thought might help YOU help your child have fun while learning math

5 Simple Ways To Make Math Fun For Kids

1. Flash cards

Flash Cards are set of cards bearing information, on either one or both sides, and can be used effectively in classrooms or at home. Learning math through flash cards is a lot of fun, because of –

Simplicity – The simplicity of math flash cards has proved it to be one of the most effective ways of learning math facts.

Portability- Be it travelling, or waiting for school bus, or at doctor’s clinic, flash cards can be taken everywhere. It helps kids to utilize their spare time efficiently.

Motivation and Challenge – Flash Cards are a lot of fun. Parents and teachers, disguise study time as play time, by setting up flash card competitions and motivating them with rewards.

For e.g. Numbers Flash Card by Playskool

2. Puzzles

A puzzle is a problem that tests the ingenuity of the solver. It’s observed that kids, who start solving puzzles between 2 to 4, develop better ability to understand problems involving physical spaces, shapes, or forms.

Kids, who enjoy solving these puzzles, develop analytical skills and hence bear a positive attitude towards learning math skills.

They no longer fear math or shows resonance towards math practice. Puzzles teach them to be creative and persistent.

For e.g. Eeboo puzzles on numbers

3. Games

We all know that kids enjoy playing games and our experience tells us that Math is always more fun when it’s a game.

Benefits of Using Games

No resistance – kids freely choose to participate and enjoy playing

Increased learning – games provide increased interaction between children, opportunities to test intuitive ideas and problem solving strategies

Keeps challenging – Games can allow children to operate at different levels of thinking and motivates them to learn advanced concepts too.

For e.g. interesting math games by ThinkFun

4. Online learning resources (Websites)

Availability of plethora of content at a click encourages kids to adopt online learning. Some of the attractive features of online learning are:

Interactive Content – encourage involvement of kids.

Colourful Visualization – rich pictorial content makes it fun for kids.

24X7 Access – Increases study time as kids can always access the content online, anytime.

Monitor performance – Parents can access comprehensive reports on their child’s progress. This gives parents an important feedback on their kid’s progress.

For e.g. Cool Math, Splash Math and for more options go through with these Google organic search results http://bit.ly/15yytvU

5. Apps

There apps are not only fun but are educational and can actually benefit the kids’ math learning.

Interactivity – Because apps are interactive, they are much preferred to any passive activity

Improves hand-eye coordination – Several math apps involve tracing lines, shapes and numbers or involve games that challenge kids’ hand-eye coordination, all important skills for healthy development.

Apps are portable – Road trips or long haul flights provide perfect opportunity to whip out smartphone or tablet to little minds busy and entertained with educational math lessons.

For e.g. Moose Math

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 you now have another resource for helping you to help your child learn math. Hope this is helpful for you.

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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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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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How To Teach And Learn Math

There are obviously many different ways to help your child learn math. Ultimately what I’ve found to work well is finding an easy method that they can understand and relate to. That makes the job of learning math seem less like a job and more like fun! Mr. Dubey offers his take on the topic in the article below.

5 Ways To Teach And Learn Math Problems

By Shivaji Dubey

Every time the student tries to understand a new method of solving a mathematical problem, a multiple skill-set is required. Computing ability, understanding the new technique and understanding the math problem itself all three particulars are required. In this one of the requirements ‘computing ability’ can be taken care of by using math tools such as algebra solver. Math tools will enable you to adopt a faster computing ability.

Let us now discuss ‘5 Ways to teach and learn Math problems’

1. Use one method
Using a single method to teach a particular math theory is essential. There could be confusion among students, if more than one method is taught. It is easier to pursue one method, at least until the student gets familiar with using one particular technique.
The tutor may then teach the more advanced method and only if the student requires it to make problem solving easier and faster. It is more important to understand the concept rather than knowing different methods of solving the same type of problem.

2. Get the basics right
It is important to understand the fundamentals of a given concept before going into intricate details. The details could be manifold: history, methodology, same theorem presented differently by different mathematicians and so on. We can only do so much by ourselves and hence it is best to sustain with the basics first. You don’t want to know everything about it, unless you are planning to specialize and gain a PhD in that topic.

3. Know the tools before using them
There are many tools such as algebra solver, geometry solver, and scientific calculators out there to help you solve your math problems successfully. Now, you may be confused about using the right one but that is not the defining factor to your mathematical success. The defining factor is your initial understanding about the specific topic of the subject. You can then explore tools, pick one and then move on with another tool only if you find the first one difficult. You can explore further anyway if it intrigues your passion towards technology. But first focus on getting the math right!

4. Practice
‘Practice makes a man perfect’ this is undoubtedly a true statement but let us improvise it. First you should know that ‘what you know’ is Right! And then practice it the way you learnt it. Second, you learn by doing hence never try to read through the math problems and always practice them on paper until you are confident with the topic. Lastly, keep math on your mind at the subliminal level, so when you are in the right frame of mind, you could begin practicing it.
Make math a part of your life until it actually becomes part of you. Master the tools such as Algebra solver. In other words, take a step towards developing a mathematical mind and rest will follow.

5. Be a teacher
Being a student you should try to explore this aspect of learning and then teaching ‘what you learnt’ to someone. You can do this during a group study session or even when you are with your family. Go ahead and try explaining a newly learnt problem solving technique to someone in your family and do it casually and passionately. In an unlikely scenario, it is alright, if the person does not learn the whole thing, as long as you know what you are teaching. You can also get instant math problem solving help by using a tool such as algebra solver.

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So what do you think of this approach? For the most part, I like the ideas.
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Make It Easy For Your Child To Learn Math

You can help your child learn math and even make it easier for them if you use the right tools.

The article below will give you some suggestions on how to do this. Check it out and see if it helps you with your child.

Math is a very important subject for everyone to master. Mathematics is used in every area of life – in the home, on the job, and even in recreation.

The problem is that some people just don’t understand the concepts. This can be caused by different factors. Sometimes a child in school does not grasp the basic functions because of attention or classroom problems. This causes them to experience problems as each year new and more advanced tasks are added to their work.

Another thing that causes problems in math is that some people just aren’t as good at it as others. But for your child’s sake, you should take every measure you can find to improve their math skills. It will help them in the future to be able to function on the job and in the home.

Make Math Enjoyable

Math is learned through repetition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it. You can help your child become better at math by spending a few minutes a day working with them. Spending time with your child can strengthen your relationship and give you quality time together as well as help them academically.

There are software programs for the child to use themselves or worksheets to use for one-on-one tutoring. You can find programs that help tutor in the basics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

After the basic functions have been mastered, you can find programs to help with more advanced operations. These topics would include decimals, fractions, percents, ratio, rounding, prime numbers, geometry and more. With exercises, tips and strategies, your child’s confidence and performance will grow.

Use a Variety of Math Exercises

Some tuition programs include math quizzes, puzzles, and challenges to develop mental sharpness. Presenting math topics in challenging and creative ways makes it more interesting and helps the child not to be discouraged.

You can enrich your child’s learning and help him advance at his own pace so he masters each subject. There are courses offered online that will grade and give advice as your child works through their program. You will find software programs set up as games that guide a child through different mathematical tasks. There are online sites that teach math through sports and other subjects that are interesting to children and teens.

Begin Working Now

Before you decide what software or worksheets to order, you can have your child take an online evaluation test. This will show you what their weaknesses and strengths are in math. Then you will know what areas to concentrate on to effectively improve their math skills.

Don’t delay in helping your children learn math. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for them to catch up on what they missed. Have a positive attitude and patience to help them enjoy their math work. Find a good program that is tailored to their needs. Then be consistent in working with them or encouraging them to work. You will be pleased at the good results, and your child will reap the benefits from your help for the rest of their life.

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While these suggestions are very basic in nature, with a little imagination and looking back at some of our other posts, you can find many resources to help your child learn math while having fun doing it!

Have a great day!

Make Learning Math Fun For Your Child

Making math a fun subject for your child is always a challenge. So while researching this topic, I came across an article (that was almost a commercial) for some games which would help your child learn math while having fun. I checked them out and thought I’d share the article with you as the games look pretty good.

Math is fun for some people but kids may not find it so. These young ones have favorite pastimes that they like doing which keeps them entertained. Why shouldn’t math also be entertaining? Modern day children spend most of their time watching movies and playing computer games.

Can you ignore math in a children’s life?

This is an absolute no! This is a very important part of any children’s life because it is applicable in all spheres of the kid’s life. They will definitely meet math at work, in school, in their social life… just name any situation and you will realize that it cannot be ignored.

Making math more fun for kids

Many cool math games are available to help you engage kids with fun ways to make the children interested in math. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to force your kid to stop doing math? What if you have at your disposal so many ways through which you can encourage your children to learn math without so much effort?

Have you ever imagined getting your kids results from school that show steady improvement in math grades? Amazing, right?

What do you have to do to achieve this?

Believe it or not, you don’t have to do anything to achieve this. Because all the work has been done for you. Cool math games for kids allow you to ignite the passion for math in your kids whether in first second or third grade or a home-schooler with quality math games. These games are available for you in form of books that can be downloaded on your computer as fast as five minutes.

Developed by professionals who have tested the games on children in different class environments having different abilities, the games give you new and effective approaches that have taken many years to refine. What more does these games offer you?

Get creative. Use your own ideas which you think is suitable for your child.

Get all the resources you need. Do not spend more cash on books and software because the package comes with all the ideas you can ever need.

All you need is a printer and paper and you are good to go. You don’t need to spend a lot of cash on expensive materials.

Create a classroom environment that your child will feel happy to be part of.

The games are interesting and captivating for any child regardless of their ability or learning style. Use number or word problems to grab your child’s attention.

As much as the games are entertaining, they are challenging enough to grab the kid’s attention and make them try again and again.

These games are applicable in different settings, whether in class or at home.

You will get the flexibility you need. Print only the copies you need and only what is relevant for your kid.

So, let your kid know how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, master fractions, time, counting, percentages and many more games by doing them practically and using user-friendly interfaces. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, you will find this package easy to use and come up with unique ideas that will surely make math interesting for your kid!

Anna Perkins encourages you to get more information about how to make math more fun for your kids. Making math more fun for all kids should be a priority for parents and teachers.

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