Ivonne Ellie April 7, 2021 Math Worksheet
There are people who don‘t realize the clear parallels between learning math and learning many other skills. It goes without saying, that to be good at math takes practice. We learn to multiply, add, subtract, and divide by practicing these skills hundreds or thousands of times. We weren‘t born knowing how to multiply single and double digits numbers in our heads. We learned this through many hours of practice. Math worksheets are a simple, effective, and proven way to teach kids math. They are used by millions of children and in hundreds of thousands of classrooms every day. With the advent of the internet, one more opportunity to practice is only a click away.
Many online learning environments have examples that tutors will go through and also give you some example to go through at your own pace, so that you can complement your child‘s learning. For many parents, having access to an online learning system to help their child with math is a lot more cost-effective than getting a personal math tutor.
As a math tutor for 15 years, I have tutored hundreds of students from all the grade levels. I found most of the students were not comfortable with mathematics. More than 80% of them said, ”the mathematics is very hard.” Why do most of the students find mathematics a hard subject and try to avoid it? The answer for the above question is hidden in a simple example. I always give the example of stairs to my students, and giving the same example in this article. I compare the steps of a staircase to the concepts in mathematics. As this is very hard to reach higher floors of a building without stairs (or elevators these days), same way learn higher concepts in mathematics without learning basic concepts is very hard.
The first secret you need to discover is that your children will follow your lead. Not a big secret to most parents, but sometimes we are unaware of the influence we have on our children. How often have you sat faced with a list of figures - balancing the check book, credit card statement or filling out tax forms - and muttered about how much you hate math, how hard it is, how you just don‘t have a head for math? You need to stop yourself right now! What you are telling your child is that math is a horrid chore, a difficult task, and one that you either have the talent to do, or you don‘t. You are making your child anxious about a school subject that they will have to do for many years - and a skill that they will need for the rest of their lives. You are also telling them that if they struggle with math, it just means that they don‘t have the talent for it - and it is therefore not their fault, and there is nothing they can do about it.
Knowing that the 6th grade math curriculum is based on essential math concepts such as arithmetic and data analysis, measurement, geometry, probability amongst other things, having access to math worksheets which are also accompanied by other interactive activities like learning games, assessments and reinforcement can make learning 6th grade math a lot more fun than learning by rote.
The importance of teaching our children math simply can‘t be underestimated. Basic math skills such as understanding addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and percentages are all basic life skills. We use these skills every day, often without even thinking about it. The question, then, isn‘t why our children should learn math, but what we can do to help them learn. Children need our encouragement. They need the help and guidance of family members. They also need numerous opportunities to practice.
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