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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
 addition, they could add one, two or more
 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
problems. Teach your children to read a
word problem several times. Have them
draw a picture or diagram to describe it.
Some problems you MUST
draw a picture to get the
    correct answer.
    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
 6. Help your children
learn the vocabulary of
         math.
They will never get a real feeling for math or
   learn more advanced topics without an
   understanding of its vocabulary. Check
  that your children can define new terms.
  7. Teach them to do
  math in their heads.
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
your child’s daily life.
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
  concepts. For addition, they could add
  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.
 Activities: Grades K-5
• 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?
  Activities: Grades 2-5
• 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
  -username is brayelementary and
  password is bobcats.
Questions, comments,
concerns….

								
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