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Math tips

Want your child to be more interested in math?
Add a little math to whatever interests your child.

Note: Before focusing on addition and subtraction, make sure your child recognizes basic numbers and has a solid command of counting.

Tips to improve Math skill and enhance numbers operations

—Spark your child’s interest and enthusiasm by using something of interest to him or her.

  • Count how many dolls (or bottle caps or baseball cards, etc.) your child has in his/her collection.
  • Count the number of jellybeans in a bowl – then subtract the number your child eats!
  • Practice basic math skills using games such as Dominos, dice and playing cards – games your child associates with fun, rather than study.

—Rhyme numbers with words: 2+2=(four-door), 3+7=(ten-pen) etc.

—While doing chores at home – count! How many toys did he or she leave on the floor? How many things did you forget to clean up? Be creative. Let your child make up the game. It’s fun!

—At snack time, have your child evenly divide the crackers, orange slices, or other snack among siblings, parents, etc.

—Open a joint savings account to calculate the money added to the account each month.

—Use measuring cups in your kitchen to teach your child fractions while cooking or baking.

—Take your child on a $1 shopping spree at the candy section of the grocery store! Have them count the number of pieces and how much money they have left to spend. Have them count the change, too.

—Junk mail? Don’t throw it away! Have your child make a fictitious order and add up the prices of items in the catalog. Even credit card offers can be compared to verify, which has the most lucrative offer. Do it together!

Bottom line: Math is fun – especially when you make it a creative part of your child’s day! Anything you have around the house can help your child enhance his or her counting, addition, and subtraction skills.

Study tips for kids

Studying tips to improve Math skill and enhance numbers operations: count how many dolls (or bottle caps or baseball cards, etc.) your child has in his/her collection; count the number of jellybeans in a bowl – then subtract the number your child eats! Practice basic math skills using games such as Dominos, dice and playing cards – games your child associates with fun, rather than study.

Studying tips to do homework more productively: have a well-lit, organized desk for doing homework; as much as possible, try to stick to a set routine; if your child knows that homework time is from 3pm to 5pm everyday, there will be less resistance to doing the work; set aside extra time for big projects and term papers, like weekends; try to create a quiet environment with few or no distractions: no television, no little brothers or sisters coming and going, etc.; make sure the desk contains only the material being worked on – nothing else! Prepare all needed material for the specific subject in advance. If possible, try to do the same type of task as your child: Write when they write; read while they read.

Studying tips for preparing and taking tests: Conversation–Talk to your child about the importance of tests. Studies have shown that younger children are not always aware of their significance – but do better once they understand it; explain that tests measure students’ progress in class by grading their knowledge of the subject; let them know that standardized tests are the same for all children, and measure student performance across the state or even the entire country. To read more about Studying Tips, click Tips for the Student on the left. You can also do a search for a tutor, if you need to, by clicking Locate a Tutor.

Control The Kids: A Few Teaching Ideas

It is really important when you are teaching kids to take control of the classroom. This isn’t some over-authoritarian, strict or domineering thing. You don’t need to be stern and serious with them. But, YOU should be the focus of their attention, and keep the class moving.

With groups of kids it is all too easy for a few to start running around, and pretty soon they aren’t listening to anything you say. Next thing you know, it’s Climb On Sensei Game or Throw Fruit Maracas At Sensei’s Privates Game, and the lesson is DONE.

We don’t want that to happen, do we?

What you have to do is take control and keep it throughout the lesson. Here are some ways to do this:

-First off, always let them know that “Now we are starting the lesson.” You can do this a variety of ways. Music and songs are good for little kids. You might do some kind of mini-game that’s fun for them and gets their attention, or a simple warm up routine.

The important thing is to have a routine. At first, the kids may not know what it means, but they need a routine, so they know when class is starting.

-Throughout the lesson, keep an eye on the kids. Monitor them, and watch for signs that you might be losing them. Kids have tiny little attention spans and you have to know the warning signs when they’re starting to drift away.

When the kids start drifting off, you have to pull them back. You might change to another activity. It might be good to change position, or get them on their feet.

It’s good to have a repertoire of fillers and songs for when this happens. Another thing you can do is to pull the kid back by including them in whatever’s going on, like by singing a funny song with their name or something.

-One thing that works well is counting down “3, 2, 1.” You never have to actually DO anything when you get to one, just the counting down works like magic to get them where you want them to go.

The first time, you might try this: When things are going well, when the kids are laughing and having the most fun, suddenly stand up and count down, “3, 2, 1.” As you count down, walk to another part of the room.

It’s like magic! It’s like Pavlov’s dogs! They’ll be right behind you and they’ll be ready for whatever you’re going to do next!

At first, do it slowly. Then, once you establish this routine, you can always count down quickly and strongly. Do this when things get out of hand, and the kids will fall right into line.

Once you get a routine and you see how the kids follow it, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.

The important thing to remember is that you should keep the kids’ attention. Kids live for one thing: FUN. And, if you don’t give them the fun they need, they’ll look somewhere else for it!