One of the major subjects in school is math. However, many people hate it because there are some complicated formulas or topics which are hard to understand. Even if they want to avoid it, they couldn’t because it is always part of the curriculum. Some people are luckily gifted with the ability to solve math problems with ease. However, those who are not gifted in this area should not lose hope because it could be learned. There are many enrichment classes for toddlers in the market, with the proper teaching method, we could surely be like the ones who are gifted at math.
There’s Magic In The Way We Teach Mathematics In Singapore
Many people are saying that there’s magic in the way we teach mathematics in Singapore. Arthur Lee will tell us more about it through his article below.
Last year (2016), a global benchmarking study ranked Singapore’ students the world’s best in mathematics and science.
It was the second time that Singapore outdid all other countries in the study which takes place every four years. The last time it did so was in 2003.
And apparently, the Singapore style of teaching mathematics has already been used in thousand of schools across the United States and is making its way into British schools as well.
So what’s that special magic about the way Mathematics is taught in our school?
According to a Mathematics teacher who has been in the force for 8 years said that the current style of teaching, which is known has actually been in use since the 1980s, and is reviewed every 6-7 years. Read more here.
No wonder Singapore’s students have been ranked twice as the world’s best in Math and Science. While this special curriculum may be too intensive for some, it has proven to be really effective in teaching the students. Countries that adopt this idea may see improvement in the student’s learning ability. It is notable that one of the skills that could help your children with reading and math is visual-spatial skills. Integrated Learning will tell us more about it through their article below.
Visual-Spatial Skills: Your Child’s Navigation “Toolkit” for Reading and Math
This article provides helpful resources to improve and strengthen their visual-spatial skills. Affiliate links are included for your convenience.
If you have ever watched a young toddler try to fit blocks and shapes in other toys, crevices or spaces around the house, you may not know they are beginning to develop their visual-spatial skills. You may not understand what visual-spatial skills are or why they are important, but they can be very critical for a child’s learning development. In fact, you use these skills on a daily basis without even realizing it.
A great example of how you use your visual-spatial skills is when you look at a map or use landmarks to find your way home. You must spatially understand where your body is in space (for example, at the store) and then visually and spatially find where you need to go (the route you take to get back home from the store).
In your child’s world, they often use their visual-spatial skills at school, at home and on the playground for different types of learning experiences. A child may use their visual-spatial skills while playing baseball. They must visually see the ball coming toward them, understand the speed and distance, and spatially recognize where their body is to either catch or hit the ball. These types of skills are needed on a regular basis for sports, dance, social encounters and following directions. Read more here.
A lot of toys which help develop a child’s visual-spatial skills are listed above. We might want to provide our children with one of those. They would not only help in your child’s math, but reading as well. There are other ways in which math can be enriched in the classroom. Mrs. Kristina Jones will tell us more about this through her article below. Let us read about it.
Math Enrichment Challenges Lower School Students to Apply Classroom Lessons to the Real World
York Country Day School launched a math enrichment program in the Lower School in 2015 to meet the needs of students. Through project-based learning and real-world applications, students are challenged to expand their understanding of particular concepts.
To enrich their understanding of perimeter, our third-graders recently sketched a farm and determined where to place fences to properly allocate spaces for various animals. They needed to determine how much space each animal required and then the cost of the fencing necessary. In another project, the students were asked to furnish a house. They spent time shopping to furnish their new abode by rounding numbers and estimating costs to make sure they stayed within budget.
Our second grade class explored squares and square roots, a topic usually reserved for middle school students in pre-algebra. Students used a simple grid to explain the concept, so that they could understand that 4² can also be represented by a 4-by-4 square on the grid. Then, they can see that 4² equals 16 blocks on the grid. The students worked in pairs to match square cut-outs of the same dimensions that were labeled with both sides of the equations, for example, 4² and 16. Read more here.
York country Day School’s idea is really good. They incorporate math lessons with real life experiences. Actually, this is one of the most effective ways of learning. They also apply project-based learning and real-world applications which challenge the students to expand their understanding of particular concepts. There are many effective of ways of teaching. The teacher must first know his/her students in order to identify what method will fit them. Math is a difficult subjects, but students might love them and easily understand through proper methods of teaching.