So close …

May 14, 2009 at 8:28 am | Posted in life | 4 Comments

It’s finals week. The end of the semester is so close. Soon my brain will be free enough to think about reaching out to the ‘verse again.

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  1. When that happens, I look forward to reading your posts again.

    Hey there – knowing how much I am not math friendly, and that we’re homeschooling the Diva, what would you recommend that we stress for the Diva for early Math – and do you think you might know of any games that would really engage her? My hopes are that between my husband and the Co-ops we can get her farther along the way than I ever achieved in the realm of math studies. I’m also hoping that we can use spinning wool for a way to bring concepts home to her in a way they never reached for me.

    Hope you are doing well.

    Angel

  2. Sorry, I’m just not familiar with anything related to that age range. I applaud your efforts, though. I get so frustrated when I hear parents say to their kids things like, “It’s ok if you’re not good at math; I’m not either.”

    • I know I built up walls that to this day are very hard to knock down regarding those skills. I am very proud of her for acing her early tests in math and having fun with the fundamentals that she’s been picking up on her online course.

      I have high hopes for her – and not just because she’s wonderful at dance, but because I’d be tickled pink for her to be an Engineer, or Astro-Physicist 😉

      Oh and Belated by a half hour as I write this – Happy Birthday!

    • I’m no mathematician, just a humble scientist, but I do have two sons (ages (ages 7 and 8), and I can tell you there are two keys (in my opinion) to getting math on hte right foot for kids. 1) Be enthusiastic/make it fun. 2) Do it often. I don’t know the age of your daughter, but I would say, play games where you can add and subtract (cards: rummy, hearts) etc. This is how I learned about negative numbers. Count lots of things, count by twos, fives, etc. Also, there’s no way around “math facts.” As much as I personally dislike memorizing, it really helps a person’s math to know their addition subtraction and eventually multiplying and dividing down cold. Nothing makes a person think they are “bad at math” more than not knowing quickly what 14-8 is, etc. And it doesn’t have to be hard. Kids (and adults) memorize all sorts of things, songs, words, stories, even just having her “sing” her math facts over and over, would do the trick, or say them in funny voices, or act out a story while speaking math facts. Anything to make it interesting while repeating them. Soon it will be second nature, and easy, and presto, they will be “good at Math”. Likewise, as she get’s older; keep using math in daily situations. Measure, calculate, and estimate. Also, math tricks are good. I loved the way you could tell if things were divisible by 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, by little tricks. (Derek was there one for 7?) 3 and 9 are add up the digits and if they are divisible by 3 or 9 the number is, so 54813465 is divisible by nine and by 3. For 4 and 8, I think it was if the last two digits were divisible by 4 or 8 the number was. Sorry for the long post. Hope it helps, or at least amuses.


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