Kids Math Problems

Kids Math Problems

Kid math problems are something all parents should be ready to work on. There may be situations when the parent may not know how to complete the kid math problems. To avoid this, incorporate the main points in the math problems to identify the appropriate information, to identify a strategy and then to use the strategy appropriately.

While working out math problems, you first have to know how much your kid knows about the topic. Look at the errors committed in homework and quizzes to find out what went wrong and then brush up on those problems before working on the math problem. Then get the child comprehend the question by identifying the key words that may tell her what she has to do in the sum; addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. The words that signify addition are sum, total, in all and perimeter. Difference, exceed and how much more are the words that signify that the problem is one based on subtraction. The clue words for division sums are share, distribute and quotient. And for multiplication, the clue words are product, area, times and total.

Once you know what exactly has to be done, then you have to get the child to comprehend the question with these words. For her easy reference, write all the formulae related to math that she has learnt so far in a list. She can then have this list as a ready reckoner for her to refer to while working out math problems.

Be as adjustable with the child when starting the calculation of math problems. This is because the child may not understand the fundamental concepts in the beginning and may appear to be guessing. At first show them the steps for the math problem and allow them the usage of the calculator. Once they get the first math problem right with your help and the help of the calculator, the child will develop more interest in working out the math problems!

Another effective means of getting the child understand the math problems is to personalize the word problems. This means that the math problem has to be reworded to relate to 'real life' or family life situations. By doing this, the child can visualize themselves in the problem, and thus understand it's application. Enhance the usage in math in as many day to day activities as possible. You could hold routine practice with numbers by incorporating math transactions in as many situations as possible. Don't only give them their allowance; have them calculate and budget out their monthly expenses and the occasional purchases and gifts for friends and family. This sharpens their brain in the four fundamental operations of math.

Sometimes the usage of drawings or manipulatives helps the child in understanding the math problem better. You may come across an occasional trick question in the math problem. Although you may have worked out the sum, return to them occasionally so that the child may recognize a trick question when he sees one!

Whatever the method you employ to help the child understand and to work out the math problem, it is very important that you praise them for the effort put in working out the sums. Celebrate their small victories with a clap as math problems are extremely challenging and require sustained working memory, analytical ability, math facts and writing. The skills taught in math, like problem solving, mathematical reasoning and applied rule-based learning are needed in most adult careers and living.

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