# Bray Elementary Parent Math Night Why is math so important by shuifanglj

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```									Bray Elementary
Parent Math Night
Why is math so
important?

October 20, 2009
Melony Booher
Why math?
• Mastering math is essential for future
opportunities in school and careers.
• Your children will need to reach a certain
level of competency in math to take many
high-school courses, to be admitted to
college and to have a wide variety of
career choices.
1. Make sure your
children understand
math concepts.
Otherwise, math becomes a meaningless
mental exercise of just memorizing rules and
doing drills. Have your children manipulate
objects to figure out basic concepts. For
blocks to a pile of blocks and then tell you
how many in all.
2. Help them master
the basic facts.
Mastery of a basic fact means that children
can give an answer in less than three
seconds. Considerable drill is required to
make this happen. Use flash cards to help
your children learn the basic facts.
3. Teach them to write
their numbers neatly.
25% of all errors in solving math problems
can be traced back to sloppy number
writing. If your child is having trouble
keeping their numbers in line, try using
graph paper.
The wrong      The right
way:           way:
4,456 – 342=   4,456 – 342=

4,456          4,456
-342
- 342
1,036
4,114
Draw place value lines

4 4 5 6
- 3 4 2
4 1 1 4
4. Show them how to
handle their math
homework.
Doing math homework reinforces the skills
your children are learning in class. Teach
them to begin every assignment by
studying the textbook or examples
provided by their teacher.
5. Explain how to
solve word problems.
Mathematicians have an expression: to
learn to solve problems, you must solve
word problem several times. Have them
draw a picture or diagram to describe it.
Some problems you MUST
draw a picture to get the
Briana dug a garden shaped like a
rectangle. The garden was 10 feet long
and 8 feet wide. Briana put a marker in
each corner of the garden and every 2 feet
along the edges. How many markers did
Briana put in the garden?
First – Briana put a marker in each
corner of her garden
Next – and every two feet along the
edges
0     2      4      6      8    10
0                                         0
2                                         2
4                                         4
6                                         6
8                                         8
learn the vocabulary of
math.
They will never get a real feeling for math or
understanding of its vocabulary. Check
that your children can define new terms.
7. Teach them to do
One of the major ways to solve problems is
by using mental math. Kids should use
this method frequently instead of using
pencil and paper or a calculator for easy
problems.
8. Make math part of
Math will become more meaningful when
your kids see how important it is in so
many real-life situations. Encourage them
to use math in practical ways.
9. Make sure your
children understand
math concepts.
• Otherwise, math becomes a meaningless
mental exercise of just memorizing rules
and doing drills. Have your children
manipulate objects to figure out basic
one, two or more blocks to a pile of blocks
and then tell you how many in all.
So…… how do I do all
that?
• Explore math in everyday life – counting
out forks to set the table, pouring from a
gallon of milk, telling the time when their
favorite show begins are all good
examples.
• Model analytical & mathematical thinking.
Be a problem solver, pose questions and
find solutions. Encourage your child to
explain his problem-solving process.
• When driving to school or the store, talk
about how numbers help us determine
how fast we drive, the distance we drove
and how long it will take to get home.
• Have your children collect coins in a piggy
bank and count them out regularly.
• Have your child use an analog and a
digital watch to learn both methods of
telling time.
• Post a chart of math fact in your child’s
room.
• Have kids help fold the family laundry. If
there are 8 pairs of socks, how many are
there? Is that odd or even?
• Educational video games and learning
software can also reinforce math skills.
• Let your child think of a number between a
stated range of numbers while you try to
guess their number.
Questions that you can ask to help review
math concepts:
- Is it between 20-60?
- Is it even or odd?
- Can you reach it by starting at zero
counting by 3’s?
• For this activity, you will tell your child how
much a certain number of coins are worth
and they must guess which coins you have.
• I have three coins in my pocket worth 7
cents. What do I have? (1 nickel, 2 pennies)
• I have three coins in my pocket worth 16
cents. What do I have? (1 dime, 1 nickel and
1 penny)
• I have three coins in my pocket worth 30
cents. What do I have? (3 dimes)
Websites:
• www.softschools.com
-provides free math worksheets & games
• www.studyisland.com
-great TAKS test prep for 3rd-4th graders
• www.brainpopjr.com