Thursday, 19 September 2013

Entry 1 | Note to parents

Gone were the days where 6 x 4 = 4 x 6. Not only should our new generation understand that 6 x 4 = 4 x 6, they should know that six fours make 24 too. 

Math is no longer what it used to be in the past. Worksheets, black boards and drilling are all things from the past. The new generation learn best when they interact with the environment. They do not learn as effectively when they are passive. They should be active while they learn from first-hand and concrete experiences, as they create or re-create Mathematical relationships. Given problems, they persevere to get them right through “productive struggle”. They listen, ask questions, share, try, err and discuss connections. Through their senses, they go through the process of learning and building knowledge of concepts.
Do you know that your kitchen is opulent with fun ways for your child to learn counting and measuring?

Start with a recipe!

When measuring, parents teach children how to make comparisons and estimations, while exploring fractional parts. When adding 2 large eggs or 1 cup of chopped nuts, your child is obviously counting. Talk Mathematics. Engage in rich interaction as they internalize concepts. Encourage multiple approaches. Adding two half cups of sugar is similar to adding a whole cup of sugar! Reason out. Discuss why this can be done.

According to NCTM, “Technology is essential in teaching and learning Mathematics. It influences the Mathematics that is taught and enhances students’ learning.” With kitchen technology so advanced, the working timer on your oven can provide an educational opportunity in learning to tell time!
Positive environment promotes positive learners. When your child has the ability to grasp and understand Mathematical ideas, you have successfully instilled that thing called "self confidence" in them.
Now, go and whip some cookies!

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