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August 31, 2020 by admin 0 Comments

5 Tips to Enhance Mathematical Skills

Given the important part, maths plays in our daily lives, from calculating how much time it may take approximately to finish a task to work out the shopping budget for the week, our children need to develop sound mathematical skills at a young age.

Cute pupils smiling at camera in classroom at the elementary school

The best way is to incorporate maths into normal parts of their everyday life so that it doesn’t ever feel like they are actually being taught anything.

If you are struggling to find ways to help enhance your children’s mathematical skills, the following 5 tips will hopefully help.

Introduce the Concept of Size

You can help children to understand size by highlighting things in your children’s lives and their sizes about them. For instance, draw their attention to how big they are compared to different chairs by asking if they could fit underneath their little plastic chair, and then asking if they can get under a dining room chair.

 

Discuss Numbers

It doesn’t matter what you are doing. Whether it’s counting cars of one specific color on the journey home from school, preparing the dinner table, or portioning up vegetables, always try to get children involved in it.

Assign Your Child Jobs Related to Maths

Children often pick up concepts better when there is some kind of activity involved in the learning process. Use this to your advantage and assign them a task, such as handing out treats or snacks to friends or siblings. Use the opportunity to talk about the numbers that are involved. Think about questions to ask them to stir their minds a little, like “how many sweets are there?” and then ask them to give one or two to everyone.

Put Things into Classifications and Categories

Another great thing you can do easily with your children is by gathering all their toys together you can help to teach them about categorising and also classifying items. You can suggest that they do it by type, size and colour. Lead by example to help give them confidence, by doing one or two yourselves.

Make everything relevant to their daily life, by saying things like “Let’s take the farm animals back to the farmer” and “Let’s park all your cars and trucks over in the corner there”. Most important of all, make sure everything is fun.

Cooking

To cook things properly, exact calculations and measuring are required. That is what makes cooking a great activity to help instil in your kid’s crucial maths skills. Where recipes you are following ask for a certain measure of sugar or flour, show them how to properly measure out a cupful and tip it into your mixing bowl. You can then let them do it for themselves, counting out the rest of the cups that are required.

Even just reading out the recipe and asking for your child’s help in getting the necessary ingredients and utensils can teach them about the mathematical processes at work without them even realising it.

Teach Them How to Identify Shapes

Shapes are all around us and makeup everything in our lives. The best way to start introducing shapes and teaching your children how to identify them is by cutting the basic shapes out of paper. Give your children the task of naming the shapes and then playing around with them, to see what smaller shapes can be used to make up larger shapes. How many triangles does a square contain? You can then also use different shapes to make real-life objects.

August 31, 2020 by admin 0 Comments

How to Get Back into School Routine with Ease

If you are starting back at school soon, you may think you will be able to easily slip back into your routine. However, without the proper preparation, you’ll find it difficult, so it’s important to put some time and effort into properly preparing yourself and your schedule for the forthcoming school term.

The best way to have a successful term is to start it the right way and to help you do that we are going to highlight 5 simple tips.

Establish a Better Sleeping and Waking Schedule

During holiday time, it’s okay to go to bed late at night and get up late in the morning or afternoon. When you start back at school, however, your body will experience a terrible shock to the system when you need to be up early and have all that homework and studying to do. Don’t leave it until you start back at school to get out of holiday mode, though. Aim to start going to bed earlier so you can get up earlier in the last couple of weeks of the holidays, so you have a fully established routine in place by the time your first day comes along.

Make Sure You Have All You Need

Another aspect of school that you shouldn’t leave until you actually arrive to sort out is getting the supplies you need. The best time to tackle this is during school holidays. Start stocking up on what you will need for the year ahead. It can be frustrating and distracting to find that you have no pencils or pens to take with you for the first day back. Avoid this from happening and you will feel a lot more positive from the word go.

Make Proper Use of Time in Class

While it can be a lot of fun to goof off and have a laugh with your friends, especially if you are still feeling very much in holiday mode. However, it’s only your own time you’re wasting. Therefore, you must get the best out of class time by concentrating on your teacher’s lessons. Throw yourself into each task you are assigned, and you will find it much easier to adapt to good study and school habits. Any time at the end of classes or free time should also be used wisely. Not to sit back and relax, but to get started on any homework you’ve been given. This will allow you the chance to get the jump on it, meaning you have less time to spend working when you get home and more time to recuperate.

Turn Off All Your Devices

Following nicely from the above tip, don’t waste time in class texting friends or looking at social media. Turn off your devices, so you can focus on what’s important – your lessons.

Always Do Your Homework on Time

Homework can be a drag. No-one is going to argue that point. You’ve come home and all you want to do is watch some TV, spend some time with the family or friends and chill out. However, if you let your homework slip and pile up, rather than giving yourself a break, you will only give yourself more work and find yourself in trouble very quickly.

Aim to complete all homework you are given by the set deadlines, or before if possible.