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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 KidsLoveMath.com 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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Learn Math With Card Tricks

Math can be a difficult concept for some people, not just for children. So what if there was an easy way to reinforce learning math that was also fun? How about using a card trick to help with the process?

So check out this video and see if you can do it!

Amazing Mathematical Card Tricks Revealed
Card Tricks Revealed. This card trick will amaze your best friends.

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For the Best mathematical explanation of this effect …

So do you think this will help you in your quest to be better at math?

Drop a comment below and let me know if you think it will help you or others learn 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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Making Math Easy is one of the subjects from the “Education and Reference” category of eCapsulate.com.

 

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

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Do You Need To Learn Math To Be A Genius?

Most of us probably think that in order to qualify as a genius you need to have a great mathematical mind, right? But this is not really the truth! In my quest for knowledge, I was reading an interesting article today that I want to share with all of you. I believe you’ll find it interesting.
 

Find Your Genius

 

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”~ Albert Einstein

Did you know that everybody is a genius? I love this quote by Einstein because it points out a false belief that is pervasive in our culture—that genius is defined by a certain type of IQ which has to do with reading and math. But defining IQ by reading and math when your genius lies in a totally different direction is like judging a fish by its ability to climb a tree—it makes no sense at all.

When I was in school, we all had to take IQ tests and our intelligence was judged by how we did on the test. One of my friends didn’t do well and was devastated by it. However, a smart teacher took her under her wing and helped her to find her genius—the calling of her soul—which had to do with her emotional intelligence and her ability to help others. This friend went on to receive her Ph.D. in psychology! So what was the IQ test measuring? Certainly not her genius.

Are You Afraid to Find Your Genius?

Are you afraid that you will have to change your whole life, such as quit your job or move to another place, in order to express your soul’s desire—your genius? Be assured that your genius doesn’t have to be your work. If your work is fine just the way it is, but doesn’t make your heart sing, then you can seek to express your genius in your off-work time.

You might find over time that, by following the river of joy within your soul, your genius leads you into new and fulfilling work, a deeper calling. But unless you are miserable in your work, there is no hurry for this transition to occur.

Finding Your Genius

I often help my clients tune into their unique genius, and I’d love to be of help to you as well.

You find your genius by paying attention what brings a smile to your face, what enlivens you, what feels like pure fun to you—even if it is hard.

Start by letting go of any preconceived ideas about what you are ‘supposed’ to be good at, and tune into what you are good at. What comes easy to you, or what is hard but excites you? What do you love to do? How do you love to spend your time? How did you love to spend your time when you were a child? What could you spend hours doing and never notice the passage of time?

When you do something from your soul,

You feel a river moving in you,

a joy. ~Rumi

Take these words in, for it is this joy of the river moving within you that is your unique genius—what your soul essence came to this planet to offer and express.

Are you more left-brain than right, or more right-brain than left? Does math bore you, but you come alive when you do something creative? Do you love helping people? Does being in nature move you? Do you love participating in physical things—sports, running, hiking, skiing and so on? Do you love being in groups or are you more of a one-to-one person? Do you have great organizational skills? Are you great with animals? Does history or science fascinate you? These are just a few of the questions you can ask to begin to discover your genius.

You are never too old to discover your genius. One of my acquaintances spent his whole working life in finance and he did extremely well. He liked it but didn’t love it. After he retired he became a photographer and found the joy of the river moving within him. One of my clients, who was also very successful in finance, found his genius in being an organic gardener. It’s interesting to me that both these men did extremely well in their chosen profession, but what they did never moved their soul. Pursuing what they are passionate about does.

By: Margaret Paul, Ph. D.

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So you see it’s true! Learning math is not required for you to be a genius. We are all different with different abilities. So go and find your challenges and explore where your genius may be. If you find along the way that you’d like help with math, we are here and always happy to help!
 
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Using Numbers To Help Your Child Learn Math

Mathematics without numbers just wouldn’t make sense, would it? Of course not – silly me!

🙂 In my daily reading I came across this article on using numbers to help your child become more proficient at learning and utilizing math. The article was written by Joseph Pinador and comes from Article Dashboard.

Home School Math Series: Number Counting

As a parent, helping your child perform better in their grade-level math is as easy as teaching number sense by practicing some basic exercises. Children who struggle with their grade-level math are deficient in operational skills. As a result, most of the problems that kids (and adults) have with math stem from a lack of basic number sense that comes with knowing how numbers naturally progress.

Traditionally, multiplication tables are taught in school. A better learning method is for students to count by numbers which is a more enjoyable activity then attempting to passively scan a table in a book.

The best and easiest exercise for teaching number sense is simply counting by numbers out loud. Knowing how numbers progress in this manner is essential to understanding the principles of division and multiplication. Counting by numbers can be done anywhere at any time and is actually most fun when done spontaneously.

While counting by the various numbers, you can ask your child questions about the activity. One example could be “Why is the number 5 so easy to count by?” (Hint: what number do you always end in when counting by 5’s?). Another question might be “What is unique about the sequence of numbers when counting by 9’s?” (Hint: look at how the numbers in the one’s and ten’s place are sequencing).

Use the numbers 2-12 for counting purposes. We do not need to go beyond the number 12 since these numbers tend to factor into all other numbers. Explain to your child that when we see that numbers repeat themselves, the numbers we are counting by are factors of those numbers. For example, when I count by 3’s or 5’s, I arrive at the number 15. Therefore, 3 and 5 are both factors of 15.

One variation of teaching number sense by number counting would be to use dice. Let your child roll the dice to see which number between 2 and 12 they are going to count by. Next, you roll to see how many times your child has to count by that number. Use your imagination to come up with your own counting games. As your child (and maybe even you) becomes more and more proficient at counting, raise the stakes by seeing how fast your child can count through all the numbers.

As your child is mastering this skill, they will see the connection between the number sense that is forming from this activity and the math operations it relates to. A multiplication problem is simply a fast way to add and the ability to count by numbers allows the child to use this skill to solve these problems quickly. With division problems, the child uses the factoring skills derived from number counting to see “how many of this number fits into that number”.

For children to attain proficiency at grade-level math, they must be able to perform basic math functions. Guiding your child towards learning basic number sense by number counting is the best place to start. For help in teaching number sense to your child please request a free, downloadable copy of my counting chart!

By: Joseph Pinador – For a free consultation regarding tutoring or home schooling for your child and a demonstration of my e-tutoring classroom, visit: www.tutorfi.com/joseph.

So now you know it’s as easy as learning number sense … makes sense right? (Sorry for the pun!)

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Problem Solving Can Help You Learn Math

Quite often when people hear “problem solving” and math, their eyes glass over and they almost lose consciousness!

Yet even though it has a reputation for being extremely difficult, problem solving can truly help a student learn math skills as well as become more proficient at learning life reasoning skills!

I found this article at Article Alley by Dennis McLynn that I’d like to share with you.


Learning Math Through Problem Solving

Problem solving is an important component of mathematics education. It is a method that enables students to achieve a functional and logical understanding of math. Mathematics is an essential subject because of its practical role to the individual and society. Through a problem-solving approach, this practical aspect of mathematics can be developed. Problem solving is a method for students to construct, evaluate, and refine theories about mathematics.
Presenting a math problem to students and developing the skills needed to solve that problem is more motivational than teaching the skills without context. Such motivation gives problem solving special value as a method for learning new concepts and skills or reinforcing skills already acquired. Learning mathematics through problem solving can create a context which mimics real life and justifies the mathematics rather than treating it as an end in itself.

Problem solving is more than a process for teaching and reinforcing mathematical knowledge and helping to meet everyday challenges. It is also a skill which can enhance logical reasoning. Individuals cannot function optimally in society by simply knowing the rules to follow to obtain a correct answer. They also need to be able to determine which process a situation requires. Problem solving can be developed as a valuable skill in itself, as a way of thinking, rather than just the means to an end of finding the correct answer.

One of the goals of teaching math through problem solving is to encourage students to refine and build their own processes over time, as their experiences allow them to discard some ideas and become aware of additional possibilities. In addition to developing knowledge, students can also develop an understanding of when it is appropriate to use specific strategies. In this approach, the emphasis is on making students more responsible for their own learning. There is considerable importance placed on exploratory activities, observation and discovery, and trial and error.

Problem solving should be the focus of teaching and learning math because it encompasses skills and functions which are an important part of everyday life. It can also help people adapt to changes and unforeseen problems in their careers and other parts of their lives. Problem solving should underlie each aspect of mathematics teaching in order for students to experience of the power of math in the world around them.

By: Dennis McLynn

Dennis McLynn is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Business Development for High Points Learning. HighPoints Learning (HPL) is a leader in Web-based math education and instruction. HPL offers an online math tutoring program that helps raise participants’ math scores an average of 15 points in pre and post testing. HighPoints Learning services the 3-12 grade market. For more information visit: ehighpoints.com

So Mr. McLynn makes some good points, right? Did he succeed in making you less fearful of word problems?

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Children Don’t Need Calculators To Learn Math!

I received a request to share an article with all of you from NannyPro.com. They’ve published an article and thought it would be a good fit for you, the readers of our blog. I read through it and agree that it is appropriate and a good fit. So without further ado, here it is:

Why Every Kid Should Be Able to Do Math Without a Calculator

by Michelle

In a highly-advanced technological age where every child seems to have a smartphone complete with a powerful calculator in their pocket, it may seem silly to make sure that they still are able to do math without the assistance of a calculator. However, there are plenty of reasons why children should know how to solve basic equations without a computer’s intervention. Regardless of how ubiquitous calculators and calculating software seem to be, there are things that a child simply can’t learn from plugging numbers in and instantly receiving an answer.

Learning to Operate in the Real World

While it’s quite likely that your child will almost always have access to a calculator of some sort in his adult life, it’s still important that he have at least a basic understanding of how to work out simple mathematical equations. Technology isn’t infallible, and there may come a time when he needs to come to a numerical conclusion and has no access to a calculator. When children rely on technology to do all of their work for them, they’re missing out on necessary life skills.

Learning Real Skills Versus Learning to Operate Software

A 2007 report by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance to Congress shows that 16 of the best and most powerful reading and math learning software programs had no measurable effect on test scores. Students learned how to operate the software to obtain the desired affects, but not to apply the underlying concepts in daily life. No matter how well your child learns to solve equations on his calculator, he will essentially be missing the most important part of the exercise: how the solution is found. Kids can’t watch a calculator perform equations in real-time or observe the various steps in between. They simply enter a set of numbers, and another is returned to them. Manipulating a calculator with speed and accuracy doesn’t necessarily indicate that your child has the first idea of how to complete that same equation with a pencil and paper.

Obtaining Higher Education

Kids as young as those in elementary school are given calculators as a part of their curriculum, a practice that’s often continued all the way up to high school. What parents may not realize, however, is that many university math departments do not allow the use of a calculator. When a high school honors student is struggling merely to pass his first math classes in college, the hit to his self-esteem alone could affect his performance in the realm of higher education. Introductory collegiate mathematics classes generally ban calculator use, largely because in higher math the numbers are secondary to the abstract equations. For a science or mathematics-based major, the ability to understand the basic parts of an equation is essential. A calculator is of absolutely no use beyond introductory calculus, nor will it help a physics student find the answers they’re looking for. Instilling basic, core competency in these areas from a younger age and actively using those skills throughout high school far better prepares a young student to explore an education beyond the walls of that high school.

In an educational environment that relies largely upon calculators in the classroom, figuring out a way to instill basic mathematical principles and an appreciation for arriving at a solution through figuring it out independently isn’t easy. As long as calculator use is encouraged, and even required as part of a public curriculum, the responsibility to teach and reinforce basic equation-building and mathematical skills will fall upon the shoulders of parents. When your child protests that calculators are everywhere and he’ll never need to know how to work out a problem manually, explaining all of the reasons why he should still acquire these skills may help to soothe his indignation.

If you’d like to see the article at NannyPro.com’s  site, you can view it here: http://www.nannypro.com/blog/why-every-kid-should-be-able-to-do-math-without-a-calculator/

Of course if your child needs a boost in their math proficiency confidence – we are always ready to help them at Mathnasium.com/cherryhill.

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Toys Can Help Preschoolers Learn Math

As adults, we look for ways to simplify our learning processes. For us, the simpler it is, the faster we can assimilate it! So it only makes sense that this process would work for children as well, right? Knowing that our children like toys, it only makes sense that if we can find toys that will help our child learn something easily, we should implement them into our child’s playtime!

Below is an article to help give you some ideas for making it easier for your child to learn math!

Math Toys Help To Improve Counting Ability

Pre-school children needs to learn simple mathematics and most often the onus falls on parents to begin the procedure. It is here that many parents fail because they don’t know where to start from or how to make counting interesting and interactive for their children. Nowadays however there is help at hand since there are lots of creative teaching tools that are available in the market. One of the most interactive approaches that can help your kid learn simple mathematics is math toys. Starting from simple addition to subtraction these toys enable your child to learn counting effectively. The great thing about these toys is it encourages the child to play a game of numbers. As the child enjoys the game he also learns different concepts of mathematics in the process. So these counting toys enable your child to play and learn at one go.

Different types of math toys (in Danish matematik legetøj) are made that are targeted at children of various age groups. When you allow your child to play with counting toys he becomes familiar with numbers and other simple mathematical problems. As he makes progress you can give him toys of higher level. These toys help in the development of mathematical reasoning. It also develops cognitive skills. In this way children can prepare themselves early in life which helps them in the future.

Apart from counting your kid also has to develop his motor skills and for this purpose there are motor toys. When your child starts playing with these toys he improves on his motor skills. When you buy motor skill development toys make sure that these conform to the age of your kid. Toys that are age inappropriate will be of no use because if your child finds them uninteresting he won’t play with them. This will nullify the very purpose for which you had bought the toy.

The process of development of motor skills should be initiated from a very early age. It is better if you start from the age of one month. This means you have to take the leading role in playing with your child. Teach your child to grasp and grip the motor toys (in Danish motorisk legetøj). Toys that can intrigue your child can be great. Gradually teach him to pick toys and throw (some toys are meant to be played in this way).

Stack toys help to sharpen motor skills and for creativity there are construction toys. Always be with your child when he plays and allow him to take his own time to play.

By: Thomsen Lucas

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Buy Math toys (in Danish matematik legetøj) and motor toys (in Danish motorisk legetøj) from ABCleg for your kids.

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Learn Math To Help With Your Future

I was reading through a forum and one of the members posted this:

Will I Make It In Game Dev?

guys, I’m an computer science engineer and I love to get into game development…i just enjoy the whole concept and its always held my interest..Im good at programming
BUT! my whole life ive never ever been good at math…it just doesnt interest me and i never bothered to study it….only a couple of times when my passing the year had depended on it had i given it a look and scored good marks else id alwys manage with the least possible marks to make it thru the year in math…
Now, I know that game programming involves a lot of complex math..do you think its a good choice for me ? I’m willing to learn math if its for game programming but realistically speaking…im 21 and almost zero at math except for the basic stuff….do you think ill be able to catch up in time to be any good at it ? or should I just forget this career?

 This made me stop and realize that quite often what we take for granted is actually preparing us for a possible carreer choice at a later point in our life!

So what if this person’s parents had encouraged them to study math more, or what if they’d gotten him a math tutor? Chances are he wouldn’t have had to ask this question in this forum at all!

So if you are a parent and you’re reading this, encourage your child and remember that what you help your child learn now will stay with them for the rest of their lives!

Oh and if you’re interested in seeing the responses that this gentleman got in answer to his post, you can check it out here:

http://www.gamedev.net/topic/636862-will-i-make-it-in-game-dev/

 
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